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Posted on April 30, 2013


rubberbandanceCanadian company RUBBERBANDance Group (pictured) come to the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room this week, dancing Gravity of Center, an explosive blend of ballet and hip hop.


The company was founded by Victor Quijada, a former street dancer from Los Angeles, and his classically trained partner Anne Plamondon. RUBBERBANDance Group featured in Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention in 2004, while Quijada recently created the acclaimed Second Coming for Scottish Dance Theatre.


Gravity of Center shows a community in crisis, with the tension between the need to be part of a group and the urge to strike out alone. The work was inspired by the collapse of Lehman Bros and the recession.


The show is at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room from May 2 to 3. For tickets, see or call the box office on 0844 847 9910.


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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