Biography

Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance became more visible and he went to study at Centro Andaluz de Danza in Seville and at the Choreographic Center of Valencia. During this time Jose created work for Certamen Coreografico de Madrid and Certamen Coreografico de Andalucia, receiving awards both as a dancer and as a choreographer.

Since his departure from Spain, Jose has performed with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H., Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company.

In 2008/9 Jose was Artist in Residence at Deda, UK, where he created the piece 4m2. The piece toured internationally and was selected by the National Dance Network (NDN) to tour with Dance3, as one of the ‘next generation of dance makers’ in the UK.

Since 2010 he is a freelance choreographer. Recent choreographic commissions include Paradiso for Akademi, TEN for ACE Dance and Music, re-staging ‘A Thousand Shepherds’ for Cape Dance Company, re-staging of ARCTIC for ENBS, SELAH for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble (National Company of Malta); KI 18 for 16 male dancers at English National Ballet School (London); A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music (Birmingham); ARCTIC for LCDS (London); KI as a solo for Phoenix Dance Theatre (Leeds); and TIME/DROPPER, with the support of Deda and gDA.

He is interested in the collaborative process, working with composers such as Scanner, Vincenzo Lasagna (Beautiful Noise), Giuliano Modarelli and Bernhard Schimpelsberger; costume designers Kimie Nakano, Martina Trottman and Elisabeth Kinn Svensson; and his long relation with the dramaturg Lou Cope.

Jose has worked for Akram Khan Company since 2011 collaborating as a rehearsal director and shadow for DESH; movement assistant and dancer for the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony; assistant choreographer and dancer for iTMOi; rehearsal director for TOROBAKA, Khan’s duet collaboration with Flamenco pioneer Israel Galvan; rehearsal director of Khan’s solo for Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress; assistant choreographer for Until the Lions; the adaptation of Khan’s award winning solo DESH for young audiences entitled Chotto Desh; and rehearsal director for Big Dance 2016.

Until 2018 Jose will be Associate Artist with ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble. He will create a film of ‘SELAH‘ and a full length dance piece around ‘CARMEN’. World premiere February 2018, Malta.

Jose launched Agudo Dance Company in March 2017. He is currently touring his own production ‘SILK ROAD’.