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, Kathak, Asian movement forms and martial arts.
Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance became more visible as he worked throughout Europe performing with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company.
As a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including DESH, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Until the Lions, Chotto Desh, London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress.
In 2011, Jose started to study Kathak under Akram’s guidance. Finding many parallels between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary context. As a result he created three works: Paradiso focused on Indian dance; Silk Road with Bharatanatyam artist Mavin Khoo; and Carmen with its strong influences from the Mediterranean and Flamenco.
Jose’s independent choreographic commissions also include, GLANSVIT for Norrdans, SAM for Area Jeune Ballet, KI for Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; Selah and Carmen for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; PARADISO for Akademi; TEN and A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music, later restaged with Cape Dance Company; and Arctic for LCDS and ENBS; amongst several other creations.
During 2019 Jose will create commissions for Bodhi Project (SEAD), MAP at Chichester University and Three Score Dance Company, premiere his first short film Selah with co-director Matthew Beckett, and perform in the international tour of his own production Silk Road.
Jose is an international guest teacher with a unique dance vocabulary between east and west.