Professional Class: Jose Agudo
Jose’s class is fast paced and aims to improve stamina through precise and simple movement patterns. The principles of his class are influenced by the diversity of traditional forms, which are often brought into contemporary dance.
This initial warm up is followed by more complex movement material with a dynamic focus on the concept of ‘attack and release’. The technique allows joints to relax and energy to flow with maximum efficiency. Jose often uses counts to influence the dynamic of the movement and spinning to engage the core. Jose is strongly influenced by Flamenco, Asian movement forms and martial arts.
19–23 February 2018
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Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer and went on to study contemporary dance at Centro Andaluz de Danza in Seville and at the Choreographic Center of Valencia. During this time Jose created work for Certamen Coreografico de Madrid and Certamen Coreografico de Andalucia, receiving awards both as a dancer and as a choreographer.
Since his departure from Spain, Jose has performed with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company. In 2008/9 Jose was Artist in Residence at Deda, UK, where he created the piece 4m2, a duet with Claire Cunningham and composer Scanner. The piece toured internationally and was selected by the National Dance Network (NDN) to tour with Dance3, as one of the ‘next generation of dance makers’ in the UK.
Recent choreographic commissions include; Selah for Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble (National Company of Malta); the restaging of Ki for 16 male dancers at English National Ballet School; A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music; Arctic for LCDS; Ki as a solo for Phoenix Dance Theatre; and Time/Dropper, with the support of Deda and Greenwich Dance.
Jose has worked for Akram Khan Company for the last 4 years collaborating as a rehearsal director and shadow for DESH; movement assistant and dancer for the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony; assistant choreographer and dancer for iTMOi; and rehearsal director for TOROBAKA, Khan’s duet collaboration with Flamenco pioneer Israel Galvan. Roles for 2015 include rehearsal director of Khan’s solo for Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress; assistant choreographer for Until the Lions; and the adaptation of Khan’s award winning solo DESH for young audiences entitled Chotto Desh.
From 2016 to 2018 Jose will be Associate Artist with Zfin Malta Dance Ensemble.