Raúl Tamez, Bessie award winner as outstanding choreographer 2022. Tamez is the first Mexican Choreographer to have worked with the Limon Dance Company, after Limon himself. In 2017 and 2018, Tamez received two ‘Lunas del Auditorio’, one of the most prestigious awards for performing arts in Mexico. In 2016, due to his talent for choreography, he won the ‘National Dance Award of Mexico’. Tamez gained his bachelor’s degree in dance at Codarts in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Furthermore, he holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and an MA of Arts in Dance at the Liverpool John Moores University, funded by the prestigious grant FINBA-CONACYT.
He has created around 30 dance pieces that have been presented in important Theatres in Mexico and the world. He has danced and presented his choreographic work in countries such as Spain, The Netherlands, Cuba, China, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, Turkey, EEUU, Australia and Colombia. He has had the opportunity to dance repertoire by Jiry Kilyan, Sidi Larbi, Alexander Eckman, Rafael Bonachela, Wayne McGregor, Nacho Duato, and Ohad Naharin.
Along with Rodrigo Gonzalez, Raúl Tamez is the director of the dance company, La Infinita Compañía, and the Varsovia Theater in México City. Raúl is a lecturer of performance theory and dance history at the University of the Cluster of Sor Juana in Mexico and a guest teacher of contemporary dance in different Universities of Mexico and abroad. Tamez has obtained different awards, funding, grants, and scholarships due to his talent for dance. Raúl is considered one of the most promising artists in his country.
Once I Saw a Hummingbirdby Bessie Award-winning choreographer Raúl Tamez has been described as a ritual of ancestral souls. The work is the liminal space where two spirits embrace in another dimension. A sublimation of death. A clamor of magic.
My creative history with New Dance Alliance goes a way long. Since my friend, Chivas Sandage brought me to New Dance Alliance to rehearse in early 90’s, the place has become a part of my creative life. The long time existence of the studio and Performance Mix Festival are vital to the artists who seek and explore deep into their process. Whenever I step into the studio, it’s a new space with a lot of memories. I lie down on the floor, listen to my body, and I dance. It is valuable. The time in the space nurtures my practice and artistic vision. Karen’s vision of Lift-Off residency, feedback sessions, providing peer to peer connections are more significant than ever. It has been helping us to get through 2020 and we are going into 2021.
– Nami Yamamoto
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