Jesus "Jacoh" Cortes and Cuicacalli Dance Company
Founder, Cuicacalli Dance Company
Jesus Cortes, began his training in Mexican folk dance when he was 6 years old under the direction of his uncle Juan Natoli. In 2000, he started dancing with Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez in the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. He became a soloist in the role of The Deer Dance “La Danza Del Venado” and toured Mexico, Europe and the US. He was the company choreographer and lead teacher for Los Niños de Santa Fe y Compañia. In addition he taught hundreds of elementary school children as part of the Arts in the Schools program in Española, New Mexico. He joined Moving People Dance Theater performing Contemporary, Jazz and Modern in June 2005. In 2006 he founded and was the artistic director of Arte Sin Fronteras, a new dance school/company in rural Northern New Mexico. Now know as Moving Arts Espanola. He was also the sub-director for Ballet Folklórico Ensembles. He is a lead teacher and choreographer for Dancing Earth and is founder and artistic director of Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza (meaning house of culture in nahuatl dialect). He joined Printz Dance Project Company in 2009 as a guest artist for their tenth anniversary and has also joined the ALICE (Arts and Literacy in Children’s Education) program as a dance instructor since 2008 and has recently performed in their latest production called “Burning Libraries,” a multi-media performance about immigration stories. Mr. Cortes is also a dance consultant and choreographer for Ballet Folklorico de Stanford University. He also choreographed and performed John O'Keefe's ‘Mystical Abyss’ directed by Theatre of Yugen's Founder, Yuriko Doi, at the ODC Theater. In 2012 Mr. Cortes announced the birth of Cuicacalli Dance Company presenting their first production “Raíces Sin Límites” at the Brava Theater and last May they presented their newest production “Cicatrices.” In 2013, Mr. Cortes choreographed and performed a section of the production “Noche de Muertos” with Calidanza Dance Company at the San Francisco Symphony “Dia de los Muertos” Community Concert. In 2014, Mr. Cortes was later commissioned to choreograph and perform a solo to the music of “La Llegada de los Muertos” again for the San Francisco Symphony “Dia de los Muertos” Community Concert. Also, for the last three years, Mr. Cortes has collaborated, choreographed, and performed for the Brava Theater Production “Baile en la Calle” Festival “The Mural Dances.” Currently, he lives in San Francisco and teaches dance as an artist in residence for the SFUSD. He has been invited to choreograph and present Cuicacalli Dance Company at the San Francisco “Son Jarocho” festival at Brava Theater.
Cuicacalli Dance Company
Cuicacalli Dance Company is a multidisciplinary organization, fusing various styles into a unique story of their own. By including dance styles such as Indigenious, Folkloric, Contemporary, Cuicacalli hopes to expose, sustain, and expand traditional and modern dancing with a new lens. Cuicacalli Dance Company develops choreographies to revive traditions and address cultural, social and environmental situations.
In order to reach new levels of artistic innovation and exposure to importance of these cultural traditions, Cuicacalli engages in collaboration with musicians, singers, graphic designers, aerialist, and more in and outside of the SF Bay Area.
Cuicacalli holds its own annual performance “Tradicion, Movimiento y Pasion,” on Brava's Mainstage and has developed relationships and performed with San Francisco’s Exploratorium, San Francisco’s Earth Day celebrations at Civic Center as well as been invited as guests with the Ballet Folkorico of Stanford University.Cuicacalli looks for the opportunity to present their works at festivals and events across the country and internationally.