Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Omar Román De Jesús

World Premiere
April 25-May 9, 2022

Omar Román De Jesús’s new dance film turns an absurdist lens on moments of a family’s life while examining the global forces that impact their everyday decisions. Ten short scenes reveal the strange happenings of their surreal environment, where threads of memory ricochet and recombine to tell a hyperbolic life story: a dream diary flung open. The new work is paired with De Jesús’s 12-minute film, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal. A wild romp through the challenges of creative decision-making, the characters ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole.

Omar Román De Jesús
Artist Bio

Omar Román De Jesús

Omar Román De Jesús (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship. He has been commissioned twice by Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico to create work for the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico, where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal.

De Jesús has won choreographic competitions including the Joffrey Academy of Dance’s Winning Works Choreographic Competition and Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig. He has received such awards as the Audience Award at The Dance Gallery Festival, first place prize at the Reverb Dance Festival, and the Parsons Dance GenerationNOW Commission for its 2017 Joyce Theater season. He has also created work for Bruce Wood Dance, Jacob Jonas, and educational institutions such as The Ailey School, James Madison University, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. This past fall, his works Sombreristas and Los Perros del Barrio Colosal were presented at PRISMA International Dance Festival (Panama), ENDANZANTE (Colombia), and Chop Shop: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival (Seattle).

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