All photos by Jacob Jonas
Dancer: Norbert De La Cruz III
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 (he, him)
"choreography is punctuated with moments of delicate wonder"
Omar Román De Jesús (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a recipient of the 2020 Jacob's Pillow: The 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. 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 awards including the Audience Award at The Dance Gallery Festival, 1st place prize at the Reverb Dance Festival and the Parsons Dance GenerationNOW Commission for their 2017 Joyce Season. He has also created work for Jacob Jonas The Company, and educational institutions like The Ailey School, James Madison University and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. His work was recently presented at Chop Shop: Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival and will be presented, online and live, at the upcoming: PRISMA International Dance Festival in Panama, the Jerusalem International Choreographic Competition and the Palm Desert Choreography Festival.
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.
I intend my work to be progressive, memorable and for it to challenge the stereotypes of LatinX culture. The work exists to communicate a different future – a place of inclusion where we celebrate who we are as individuals.
I am conscious about what and how my work communicates with our audiences and what I can do to maintain their continued engagement. 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.