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Blank City

About Blank City

In this video experimentation, choreographer and performer José Navas engages in dialogue in two parts with the city -Montreal-, in the multiple layers of his choreographic writing – vulnerability, grace, and inner peace.

Along with long-time collaborators Jamie Wright, François Richard and Lauren Semeschuk, José Navas has joined forces with director Damian Siqueiros to explore this artistic avenue.

About José Navas/Compagnie Flak

Artistic director of Compagnie Flak, founded in 1995, José Navas carries out his overall artistic approach in three distinct ways: he dances with intensity in solo shows charged with emotion, he constructs abstract and captivating group pieces, and he creates pieces of contemporary ballet with classicism and sensitivity.

As a soloist, his performances reveal a richly sensitive maturity – a quality that has earned him invitations to dance on the most
prestigious local and international stages. In 2013, surrounded by a hundred musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic, he performed his solo version of The Rite of Spring.
Invited as choreographer in residence for Ballet BC, he contributed 3 pieces to that company’s repertoire, including an iconoclastic version of Giselle, and made a commission for the prestigious National Ballet of Canada. In 2015, he created Dénouement/Auflösung for Staatstheater Mainz in Germany.

An Associate Dance Artist of the National Arts Centre, José Navas has presented his work in 30 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

  • Damian Siqueiros
  • José Navas
  • Compagnie Flak
  • José Navas
    Key Cast
  • François Richard
    Key Cast
  • Jamie Wright
    Key Cast
  • Lauren Semeschuk
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance, Dance video, contemporary dance
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2021
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Director Biography - Damian Siqueiros

About Damián Siqueiros

I'm Damián, and I'm a Creator for impact.

I use art to create positive narratives that lead to healing social and ecological environments through empathic visual storytelling.

I use a wide range of media that include fine art and advertisement photography, installation, video art, art direction, and education to achieve this.

Performing arts are a core element of his work almost since the beginning of my career. Performance has become a language expressed through photography that allows me to address complex issues through emotional movement.

I've collaborated with talented choreographers such as Sidi Larbi, José Navas, Margie Gillis, Kyra Jean Green, Andrew Skeels, and Danse Danse and Les Grands Ballets de Montreal.

Throughout my career, I've created more than 60 exhibitions in Canada and internationally, notably in Washington D.C., at the Art Museum of the Americas, Miami at the Frost Museum, Mexico, South Korea at the MMCA Goyang Residency, Toronto, Montreal and New York at the prestigious Tambaran gallery.

I am currently working on Terra Sapiens, an "art for environmental regeneration" project with thought-provoking artistic representations of positive, viable futures. The project explores ideas and multi-solution approaches that nurture symbiotic natural, human, collaborative and regenerative environments. In collaboration with entertainment for impact firm LembasWorks, the project features educational programs and community activating audio-visual creations featuring the Terra Sapiens Collective.

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