Reckless Underdog

(from left to right) Emma-Lynn Mackay-Ronacher, Rion Taylor, Sierra Kellman, Brontë Poiré-Prest, Wyeth Walker, Jessica Muszynski, Jovick Pavajeau-Orostegui © Sasha Onyshchenko
Jessica Muszynski / (at the back, from left to right, from front to back) Daniela Jezerinac, Paco Ziel, Wyesth Walker, Brontë Poiré-Prest, Emma-Lynn Mackay-Ronacher, Cindy Mateus, Jean Bui © Sasha Onyshchenko
Brontë Poiré-Prest / (at the back, from left to right) Cindy Mateus, Jessica Muszynski, Paco Ziel, Daniela Jezerinac, Wyeth Walker, Jean Bui © Sasha Onyshchenko
(from left to right) Paco Ziel, Sierra Kellman, Daniela Jezerinac, Wyeth Walker, Jovick Pavajeau-Orostegui, Rion Taylor, Jessica Muszynski, Zao Dinel, Jean Bui, Emma-Lynn Mackay-Ronacher, Cindy Mateus, Brontë Poiré-Prest © Sasha Onyshchenko
Dancer: Daniela Jezerinac © Marie-Noële Pilon
© Marie-Noële Pilon
Family programming Dance Contemporary Canadian
  • In-person event

  • Ages 12+

  • Approx. 55 minutes
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Friday, January 26, 2024 1:00 pm Without words Seats available

RUBBERBAND’s new creation, Reckless Underdog, goes beyond anything the company has done in the last 20 years. In this extraordinary work, 13 dancers coexist in a three-act choreography, each part a work in itself.

The first, inspired by classical ballet, redefines the rules of the pas de deux in a bright, mechanical environment. The second deconstructs the break cypher in a sombre, oppressive atmosphere. The third, boldly experimental, distorts theatrical codes, confronting them head-on in an approach that is abstract, minimal, and colourful.

Reckless Underdog’s set design, musicality and movement aesthetic transport the audience to a unique and complex world.

With the help of such avant-garde musical collaborators as Chilly Gonzales, Kid Koala, and Vlooper from Alaclair Ensemble, daring and visionary artistic director and choreographer Victor Quijada introduces us to a new chapter in the company’s history, which he calls: The culmination of the RUBBERBAND method, or the transformation of traditional conventions through the fusion of different dance styles.


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    Choreographer Victor Quijada
  • Artistic Director and Choreographer Victor Quijada
  • Dramaturgy Mathieu Leroux
  • Costume Design Cloé Alain-Gendreau
  • Lighting Design Jon Cleveland
  • Scenic Design Pierre-Étienne Locas
  • Musical Direction Jasper Gahunia
  • Composers Chilly Gonzales, Kid Koala, Vlooper
  • Technical Director Marcin Bunar

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