Baryshnikov Arts Center Fellowship at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park

Omar Román De Jesús

Omar Román De Jesús, director and choreographer of dance company Boca Tuya, will develop Everything will kill you so pick something fun, a multimedia performance inspired by dance and memory. Roman de Jesus utilizes his signature dreamscapes, rhythmic structures, and absurdist characters to explore how our memories, unlike our lived experience, are unbound by time.


Choreographer: Omar Román De Jesús
Dancers: Rafael Cañals, Eduardo Jimenez Cabrera, Margaret Jones, Rachel Secrest, Ian Spring, Christian A. Warner

Omar Román De Jesús
Artist Bio

Omar Román De Jesús

Omar Román De Jesús (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a Queer Puertorriqueño choreographer and director of NYC-based dance company Boca Tuya. He is Princess Grace Award winner, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, and a recipient of The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship at Jacob’s Pillow. His work has been commissioned by over two dozen organizations including: The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Hispánico, BalletCollective, Limón 2, Bruce Wood Dance, Jacob Jonas The Company, Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Whim W’him, Parsons Dance, and Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Known for his boisterous characters and surrealist dreamscapes, Román De Jesús’ choreography has received honors from Joffrey Academy of Dance's Winning Works Choreographic Competition, Whim W’him’s Choreographic Shindig, The Dance Gallery Festival, Reverb Dance Festival, and the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal. Most recently, Román De Jesús’ work Los Perros del Barrio Colosal brought home first place from the Palm Desert Choreography Festival. Originally created for the screen, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal has been viewed by audiences in over 20 countries and was awarded Best of Screen Dance International and Best Choreography and Best Narrative of ReThink Dance Film Festival. Since 2021, Román De Jesús’ live work has toured domestically to Atlanta, California, and Washington and internationally to Panama, Columbia, and the Canary Islands.

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