JOAQUIN DE LUZ & JESÚS CARMONA. Director: David Neumann
Studio Event: Fri, Mar 9 @ Barbara and David Zalaznick Studio, 6PM
//Residence Exploring Stillness
A conversation and performance with Jesús Carmona, Joaquín De Luz, and David Neumann
This artistic residence, that starts on Sunday March 4th and ends on Friday March 9th, the day that the artists will present its results to the audience in a Studio Event at the Barbara and David Zalaznick Studio, will focus on the presence from silence, the no-movement as a choreographical concept and the expressive force of quietness in dance. The aim is to generate a place for the creative exploration where investigation and cross-disciplines are essential parts of the process of generation of ideas. This project will be hosted by the New York City Center in March, between the 3rd and the 9th, and the final result will be presented in March 9th as a ‘work in progress’, giving enough freedom to the artists during the creative process.
Flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona was born in Barcelona, studied Spanish dance and flamenco, began his career as first dancer of the Ballet Nacional de España and worked in the companies of Carmen Cortés, Güito, Rafael Amargo, Canales, La Truco and Nuevo Ballet Español among others. After winning the Desplante prize for dance in La Unión in 2012, and debuting with his company “Cuna Negra” in the last Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, he has firmly found a place in the new generation of flamenco artists with a lot to say and a lot to dance.
“The rapacious way he strides across stage space is terrific, the fast-slicing percussiveness of his feet is brilliant, and the glamorously alert lines and shapes he made through-out the body were almost as radiant as his smiles.”
“The brilliant incisiveness of his footwork raised the evening’s tension”
The New York Times
Joaquín de Luz
oaquin De Luz was born in Madrid and received his training at the Victor Ullate School of Ballet. He danced with Victor Ullate Ballet Company from 1992 until 1995. In August 1996, he joined the Pennsylvania Ballet as a soloist. With Pennsylvania Ballet, he danced leading roles in La Bayadère, Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Paquita Suite, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, as well as George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, and Who Cares? Mr. De Luz joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1997 and was promoted to soloist in 1998. His repertory with ABT included the Bronze Idol in La Bayadère (choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa), the Red Cowboy in Billy The Kid (Eugene Loring), the first sailor in Fancy Free (Jerome Robbins), Benno in Swan Lake (Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov), and leading roles in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Clark Tippet) and Theme and Variations (George Balanchine). Mr. De Luz joined New York City Ballet as a soloist in 2003, and in January 2005, he was promoted to the rank of principal dancer.
Choreographer, dancer and actor David Neumann (París 1965) is an artistic director of The Advanced Beginner Group and a triple-winner of a Bessie Award. He works as a freelance choreographer, director and performer includes a wide range of projects and disciplines. Since 1999, Neumann has worked behind the scenes to craft plays, operas, films and multi-disciplinary performances. From avant-garde theater to blockbuster films, classic opera to new musicals, David’s diverse experience has given him a unique ability to articulate ideas through performers’ bodies. Whether playing one of Shakespeare’s kings or a virus-infected zombie with an appetite for Will Smith, the performers Neumann works with gain from his multi-layered approach.