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Javier Velasco

Under the visionary leadership of Javier Velasco, you do not simply see an SDB performance, you feel it. Javier’s distinct choreography redefines what most people would expect from ballet to bring inspired, provocative and thrilling performances year after year. Javier Velasco has supplied dances for productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, and has a long-standing relationship with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, where he has staged productions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CABARET, HAIRSPRAY, TOMMY, IN THE HEIGHTS, and many others. He has enjoyed many long creative relationships, having worked with: Luis Valdez on the 20th Anniversary production of ZOOT SUIT, BANDIDO, and CORRIDOS.; composer Steve Gunderson on the premieres of SUDS (NYC) DIXIE HIGHWAY, BACK TO BACHARACH AND DAVID (NYC) and the dance/theatre piece THE BRONTES/SECRET PLEASURES,SECRET TEARS; and Douglas Jacobs and Sam Woodhouse, founding directors of the San Diego Rep. He currently serves as artistic director of the San Diego Ballet, having created over 70 original pieces for the company since its inception, including 10 pieces in collaboration with composer David Burge, to commissioned scores. His ballet set to the poems of Kenneth Fearing, LOVE: 20 CENTS THE FIRST QUARTER MILE, was given the award for Best Choreography by the San Diego Area Dance Alliance, the third time he was honored by the organization. Most recently, Mr. Velasco wrote and directed THE TOUGHEST GIRL ALIVE, which premiered at Moxie Theatre and had a successful run at the New York International Fringe Festival. Mr. Velasco was recently awarded a Creative Catalyst Fellowship by the San Diego Foundation to create new work.