All photos by Jacob Jonas
Artistic Director - Omar Román De Jesús
Boca Tuya is a New York City-based contemporary dance company that produces vibrant socially conscious works. In collaboration with our extraordinary, diverse group of dancers we deliver stimulating and uplifting experiences to our audiences. We strive to build a community that spreads compassion, encourages creativity, and moves with an urgency to shed a light on the fundamental connections of our humanity. Boca Tuya serves as a poetic platform that provides agency within our community to express and communicate “your voice.”
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Omar Román De Jesús
"choreography is punctuated with moments of delicate wonder"
Omar Román De Jesús (San Juan, PR) began his formal training at the School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Omar was a member of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico from 2006-2011. During this period, he won the Championship Cup and Gold Medal at the National Dance Competition in Puerto Rico. He received a scholarship to the Ailey School in 2011, and after two years, he began his professional career in the modern and contemporary dance world.
He has toured nationally and internationally with Ballet Hispánico, Yin Yue Dance Company, Parsons Dance and Sleeping Beauty Dreams featuring Diana Vishneva. He has performed and led works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Mary Pat Henry, Trey McIntyre, Michelle Manzanales, Jennifer Archibald, Carlos Pons, Ephrat Asherie, and Yin Yue. Omar had the honor of performing at the 2018 TITAS Gala and the 2019 Schrittmacher Festival in Germany. Omar is currently collaborating with Erin Sullivan on an Interactive Projection Workshop titled Spine Lines, that will be presented at Yale University.
Omar's choreography has been recognized for its originality, its ability to build an emotional arc and its unconventional duet work. He has been commissioned twice by Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico to create work as part of the International Dance Festival of Puerto Rico, where he was awarded the Ambassador of Dance medal. Omar has won choreographic competitions including the Joffrey Academy of Dance's Winning Works Choreographic Competition and the Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig. He has received several awards including the Audience Award at The Dance Gallery Festival, 1st place prize at the Reverb Dance Festival, the Parsons Dance GenerationNOW Commission for their 2017 Joyce Season, and the 2020 Jacob's Pillow: The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship. Omar has created original work for Whim W’Him, Parsons Dance, Jacob Jonas The Company, The Ailey School, The Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, James Madison University, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and he is looking forward to creating works for Bruce Woods Dance, Tulsa Ballet II, and others in 2021. His newest work, Like Those Playground Kids at Midnight, was recently presented at dance festival Chop Shop: Bodies of Work and will be performed at the upcoming dance festival PRISMA in Panama.
Omar is fond of education and has experience teaching workshops and master classes all over the world for dancers, non-dancers, and children on the Autism Spectrum.
Boca Tuya is a fiscally sponsored dance company that operates under the umbrella of Unique Projects, Inc., a non-profit tax exempt organization. The creations and distribution of our works are only possible with the generosity and support of our contributors. Your donations help us directly by improving our chances of producing brand new works, elevating our production value, and sustaining the livelihood of our artists. With your donations, we are able to bring our dreams and vision to a reality. Our generous supporters enable us to continue on our creative path of to producing ground-breaking and uplifting high quality works.
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The authenticity of my work exists to recognize the need and communicate the potential of a different future. I imagine this to be a place of inclusion, where we can celebrate who we are as individuals. I am interested in prioritizing the creative process and the diligent manifestation of the art. I choose to work with individuals who share a common path, and who recognize that our art contributes to the community, elevating our relationships to the environment and each other. My dancers and I dance to move and be moved, to find balance between restraint and abandonment, and to live on-stage the rawness of our human experience.
I create vibrant socially conscious work in an effort to reshape the current landscape of concert dance. Dance has the uncanny ability to connect us to humanity and elevate our spirits. I am conscious about what and how my work communicates with our audiences, and what I can do to change their perception. I let “hope” be the winner of the creative conflicts of my work, so that we can come together to celebrate and reaffirm humankind and the potential of a more compassionate future.