December 21, 2016 |

Dzul Dance

More about Dzul Dance

2016 | John Jay College

Dzul Dance fuses multiple dance forms with circus arts to communicate pre-Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage. By transforming bodies into earthbound and airborne forces of nature, Dzul breaks physical, cultural and artistic boundaries.

Artistic Director Javier Dzul grew up in the jungles of southern Mexico, performing Maya ritual dance and studying ancient Maya teachings under the direction of his parents. Formal dance training began at the Universidad de Veracruz, followed by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Javier performed as a principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and in New York with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and American Indian Dance Theatre.

Javier created Dzul Dance in 2003. He and his diverse company of performers have been presented throughout the world, garnering reviews that hail Dzul’s “acrobatic wizardry” (Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine) and his ability to turn his dancers of “remarkable elasticity into creatures of the air as well as of the earth.” (The New York Times).