Dzul Dance fuses dance with aerial arts, contortion and acrobatics as a means to communicate indigenous, pre- Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture as well as create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage. By transforming bodies into earthbound and airborne forces of nature Dzul breaks physical and cultural boundaries. This daring and unique company connects the ancient and the modern in order to illuminate the vast array of drama and beauty inherent to the natural world and the human condition.
Dzul Dance was founded by Javier Dzul and Robin Taylor Dzul in 2003. Artistic Director Javier Dzul and his culturally diverse company of performers have been presented throughout New York, Mexico, South America, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Virgin Islands garnering reviews along the way that hail Dzul’s “acrobatic wizardry” (Attitude: The Dancer’s 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). His choreographies have been described as “electrifying” by Magazine.Art, “sophisticated and eloquent” by Attitude:The Dancers’ Magazine and “beautiful…extremely effective” by The New York Times.
Dzul Dance’s intense physicality and creative appeal have won them invitations nationally and internationally to perform at a variety of venues that include: the United Nations, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, The Explorer's Club, El Museo del Barrio, Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Xcaret (Mexico), Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Saint Mark’s Church, Kaye Playhouse, CUNY Graduate Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, American Indian Community House, Dixon Place, Teatro Cancun (Mexico) and Reichold Center for the Arts (USVI). International festivals include; Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Mexico Now Festival (NYC), Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Bard College Summerscape, Mazatlán Cultural Festival (Sinaloa, Mexico), The Open Project (France), Festival de Vida y Muerte (Playa del Carmen, Mexico), Festival Indigena de Puebla (Mexico), Gunvor Festival (Switzerland), Festival Internacional del Centro Historico (Campeche, Mexico), Festival del Arte Contemporaneo (Carmen, Mexico), Muestra Internacional de Danza de Oaxaca (Mexico), Festival Santiago de Queretaro (Mexico), National Dance Week (NYC), Dancers’ Responding To AIDS (NYC), Festival Otonos Culturales en Merida (Yucatan, Mexico), Teatro IATI’s Performing Arts Marathon (NYC), Latin Choreographer’s Festival (NYC), and Performing the World.
Dzul has created performances for a number of corporations and production groups that include:
Columbia Productions, Bloomberg, El Financiero, Latin Grammy Week (NYC), Canadian International Bank (Canada), Conde Nast, Mexican Tourism Board (NYC), Pineda Covalin (Mexico), Wild Bird Fund (NYC), Whirl Inc. (Canada), Em Polham (NYC/Korea), NYC Big Events, EZ Paisano (CA) and Xcaret (Mexico).
The Company is also widely supported and promoted by several Hispanic and Mexican organizations including: United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (Northeast chapter), Adelante: JPMorgan’s Hispanic/ Latino Employee Network, Mexican Board of Tourism, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Mano a Mano, Government of the State of Campeche and Campeche Tourism Board.
Dzul has collaborated with a variety of artists. Among them, Artist Rafael Vargas-Suarez, Composer Stephen Barber, Guatemalan composer and musician Sergio Reyes, Columbian singer/songwriter Lucia Pulido, award winning photojournalist Acey Harper, fashion photographer Tim Petersen, Mexican American photographer and videographer Rojelio Rodriguez, internationally acclaimed vocalist Sussan Deyhim, Ecuadorian visual artist Pablo Caviedes, Native American composer Jesse Benevides, sound/image artist Jacob Robinette and award winning filmmaker and human rights activist Rebecca Sommer.
Artistic Director and Dancers
In the 20 years that Dzul Dance has been performing, the company has been comprised of incredible and diverse artists. Each generation of dancers leaves inspiration for the next, and the company is grateful for the opportunity to build upon the legacy of Dzul Dance. Below is a list of the current company dancers.