DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #48
ENRIQUE CRUZ DEJESUS
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Producer - Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company
New York City
For his 48th interview, David interviews Enrique Cruz DeJesus, the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company located in the East Village, New York City. David was a member of Alpha Omega from 2001-2007 when Enrique was transforming the company with the assistance of current Executive Director, Donna Clark and former Executive Director, the late Dolores “Dee Dee” Vanison-Blakely.
Enrique trained at Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company under the artistic direction of co-founder Ronn Pratt and Andy Torres while simultaneously studying at the Darvash School of Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem.
As a dancer he worked with several modern dance companies and notable choreographers such as Eleo Pomare, Talley Beatty, Gary DeLoatch, Martial Roumain and George Faison. During this time, he began what became an active career as a choreographer, singer, actor and teacher in theater, film and concert dance and in 1998 became the artistic director of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company.
Enrique’s artistic goal is to bring his directing and choreographing styles to concert dance with a liberal take on popular and urban movement along with traditional and theatrical forms. The blend creates contemporary modern dance works that are equally accessible and entertaining to all audiences.
Enrique teaches master classes and workshops locally and nationally and served as choreographer and teacher at Howard University, George Washington University, North Carolina Central State, Durham University, Florida A&M University, DC Arts and the NYC Arts Connection. His work as a teaching artist has been recognized by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for his dance education work with inner city youth.
Enrique was awarded a SPARC grant and Manhattan Borough President ‘s grant for his work with seniors 65+ and has been further acknowledged by the New York State Council on the Arts where he served as a panelist.
Alpha Omega is located at 70 East 4th Street, NYC.
For more information, please feel free to contact Enrique at the following website:
Additional biographical information:
Enrique choreographed and staged The James Merritt production "From Africa to America" starring Award winning actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and was the assistant director and choreographer for the workshop musical "Collapsing Universe" at Theater for the New City. He has choreographed productions of “Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”, “Linnea” “Jeremiah” and “A Mid- Summer Night’s Dream” off- Broadway at the Storm Theater in addition to “Satin Slipper” at the Theater of Notre Dame in NYC. Additionally, he choreographed a production of “Carmen” for Teatro Circulo also in NYC. His work has been seen locally in the industrial marketing campaign for Wise snack products throughout NYC and nationally featured on the PBS documentary “Mi Mambo based on the Harbor Conservatory in East Harlem, NY.
Mr. Cruz DeJesus continues to work in theater, film, and concert dance with theater credits that include national tours of “Dreamgirls” and “Jesus Christ Superstar"; the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Requiem Variations” performed at the Opera Omaha Theater; the New York City Shakespeare Festival's “Measure for Measure”, produced by Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe; the European tour of “Evita”; the original workshop production of the Tony Award winning musical “The Life”, in which he was written as himself; “Man of La Mancha” at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey and the Engeman Theater on Long Island; “Guys and Dolls” performed at the Dallas Theater Center; “The Who's Tommy” at Cherry County Playhouse in Michigan; “South Pacific” at Barrington Stage Theater in Massachusetts; “Camila”, “Miss Saigon” [Barrymore Nomination] and “Evita” at the Walnut Street Theater; “Ragtime” and the “King and I” at Fulton Opera House in Pennsylvania; “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, the musical at Centerstage in Baltimore, MD; “Aida” at ArtPark; “Black Nativity” [Drama Desk Nomination] at the Duke Theater in NYC; “Miss Saigon” and “Smokey Joe’s Café” at the Virginia Musical Theatre; and “Evita” at Arvada Arts Center in Colorado.
DavidPFranceTV INTERVIEW #44
For his 44th interview, David speaks with Christine Ceconello, a choreographer and dancer originally from Brazil and now residing in Germany. David and Christine worked together approximately five years when David P. France Dance Company was still in operating in Basel, Switzerland. During this conversation, Christine talks about her upbringing, how she developed an interest in dance, the various artists and choreographers she has worked for and with; as well as her connection in ballet and contemporary dance world in Europe.
David also speaks with Christine about dance as a language, woman in the field of dance (as directors and choreographers); the diversity in the creation and learning of dance; as well as the impact of the current epidemic on the dance community.
Christine is very pleased to invite you to attend the premiere of Christine Ceconello's work: 1:1 ONE ONE, on December 5th, at 7:30pm, on YouTube. Performers: Irupé Sarmiento and Diego Cruz.
The tickets can purchase through sympla, on the link:
The idea of creating this show emerged as a means to continue developing our creativity, even in complex times. The show approaches an attempt to connect, a silent conversation, a desire to touch even if virtually. Not even different time zones and the distance prevented us from working together. We did all this for the pleasure of creating, dancing and sharing our art.
It will be a joy to share this work with you. I hope you will enjoy it and we want to know your opinion!
We are waiting for you!
Christine, Irupé and Diego
Christine Ceconello was born in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. She is currently working as a dancer, choreographer and choreographic assistant throughout Europe and South America.
Starting out as a dancer with the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, she also went on to perform with Theatre Castro Alves, De Anima Dance Company, Staatstheater Augsburg, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Stadttheater Hagen, Theatre Heidelberg and Deutsche Oper Berlin. During this time she enjoyed dancing choreographies by Amanda Miller, Itzik Galili, Mauro Bigonzetti, Cayetano Soto, Peter Chu, Emily Molnar, Mauricio de Oliveira, Mário Nascimento, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Martino Muller, Stephen Shropshire and Andonis Foniadakis.
As of recent worked as choreographic assistant of Martino Muller, Marcelo Misailidis and Stephen Shropshire, helping them in the creation of their work.
She's been developing her own choreographic works, being nominated for the Prêmio de Dança Cesgranrio 2019/2020 as best choreographer and performer.
She now enjoys a varied carreer spreading throughout central Europe, assisting, performing and choreographing with independent artists and theatres.
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“Once upon a time the working class had nothing to lose but its chains; but now it has been absorbed within capitalism, is a prisoner of consumerism, and its articles of consumption own and consume it.” – Michael A. Lebowitz
Choreographic Direction By Suzana Phialas
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