“Whereas I’ve particular tales in thoughts after I watch my work, I hope that audiences are capable of conjure their very own tales,” stated Omar Román de Jesús, inventive director and choreographer of Boca Tuya. “Whereas we drink from the identical floor, we’re all completely different timber.”
In a current dialog with ArtsATL, Román de Jesús described the New York-based firm’s upcoming present Amor with pleasure, ardour and a contact of humor. “There are moments of ardor, chaos, anguish, conciliation, retrospection and camaraderie. The dances themselves comprise many personalities. There will likely be hats; there will likely be unusual sounds.”
Amor will likely be carried out January 27 and 28 at Kennesaw State College’s Marietta campus Dance Theater and is a blended invoice comprising three works, Sombreristas, Like These Playground Children at Midnight and Los Perros del Barrio Colosal. Román de Jesús stated that whereas Amor is meant as three singular works, they share one thing in that “every dance operates on a surrealist airplane, usually ruled by dream logic.”
Lisa Ok. Lock, inventive director and affiliate professor of dance at Kennesaw State, stated Roman de Jesús has a recent model that makes use of an modern motion vocabulary and creates an immersive expertise for the viewers. “Some dance you watch at a take away, in awe of the technical show on stage,” she stated.“Omar’s choreography is technically lovely, however it’s additionally dance the place you possibly can see your self within the characters and experiences being introduced.”
For inspiration, Román de Jesús drew upon his roots “as a puertorriqueño particular person,” however stated his work just isn’t particularly concerning the expertise of being LatinX, nor does he declare to make dances that talk to the experiences of a complete demographic. Moderately, he begins the artistic course of serious about the world he desires to create onstage and the individuals who can convey that world to life. For instance, he stated, “Los Perros del Barrio Colosal was developed with Telenovela characters in thoughts, so that will offer you an inkling of the kind of mayhem you will notice.”
Whereas all three works from Amor have been proven beforehand, that is the primary time Boca Tuya has carried out in Atlanta and the troupe’s first solo-billed present. “It is a big milestone for us and displays a big quantity of confidence and belief on the a part of everybody at KSU,” he stated.
In 2021, Román de Jesús was one of many two artists who participated within the first iteration of Kennesaw State College’s Eleo Pomare–Glenn Conner Choreographic Residency, and school within the Division of Dance are enthusiastic about bringing him again together with his firm.
Based on affiliate professor and chair Marsha Barsky: “After we have been placing collectively an inventory of artists for this 12 months’s programming, we saved coming again to Omar. He has such an thrilling, distinctive aesthetic that we felt was vital to share with our dance patrons in addition to our college students.”
Román de Jesús’s star has been on the rise since he based Boca Tuya in 2018. Along with the Pomare-Conner residency in 2021, he was a 2022 New York Basis for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts Artist Fellow and recipient of a Princess Grace Award.
His dance movie Cielo Elena (2022) was supported by the Baryshnikov Arts Middle, and his commissions embody tasks for the Paul Taylor Dance Firm and Parsons Dance’s GenerationNOW. Based on Lock, he’s already a choreographer who has discovered his voice, and it’s “distinctive, ingenious and inclusive.”
Together with his elevated visibility as an artist, Román de Jesús hopes he can assist pave the way in which for extra leaders like himself to get their work acknowledged and celebrated and “take away the ingrained expectation that folks from marginalized communities can solely make invaluable work if the work itself tells an advocacy story or reveals some type of trauma.”
He believes his job as a choreographer is to supply dreamscapes that will bridge actual world points and imagined options by opening “an area of curiosity and surprise that leaves watchers open to dialog past the theater.”
Whereas Boca Tuya is in Atlanta, Román de Jesús will co-teach a category for KSU dance division college students with one other of the corporate’s dancers, offering the scholars with what Barsky described as “a useful alternative to see somebody working in the same strategy to how they see their very own lives unfolding.”
Robin Wharton studied dance on the Faculty of American Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Faculty. As an undergraduate at Tulane College in New Orleans, she was a member of the Newcomb Dance Firm. Along with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane, Robin holds a legislation diploma and a Ph.D. in English, each from the College of Georgia.