Jorge De Hoyos is an American dancer/performer and choreographer living and working in Berlin, Germany since 2012.
He was born June 4, 1984 in Los Angeles, California and studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of California in Santa Cruz as well as a year of graduate study in Theater Arts. He was a Mexican folk dancer before pursuing “contemporary” dance and performance.
Between 2007 and 2012 he was active within the dance and queer performance community and DIY (Do It Yourself) culture in San Francisco, California where he was able to integrate other interests into his artistic practice like Permaculture Design and spiritual and sexual healing. His mentors/colleagues Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy and Meg Stuart have been major influences for him especially in regards to improvisation, negotiating tensions between art, activism and spirituality, and, of course, dance and performance.
As a performer, Jorge has worked in a wide variety of projects with many different artists. Notable collaborations include Turbulence (a dance about the economy) with Keith Hennessy since 2010, Shame! with Naked Empire Bouffon Company in 2009, The Love of Emptiness solo with Sara Shelton Mann in 2012, Auf den Tisch! in San Francisco in 2011 and Sketches/Notebook in Berlin since 2012 with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods.
As a choreographer, he has presented works in San Francisco and Berlin. His debut performance STICK in 2009 was developed at the radical queer art space Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory in San Francisco where he explored power and desire within contemporary gay male relationships. His Leakage Study series, begun in 2010, are works of endurance body art manifesting ideas of the body as a container/containment and its malfunction/failure. Also in 2010 he co-authored Bonjour le Matin with Macklin Kowal, an epic, francophilic and mobile work asking questions like : Quelle est la nature de l’action ? and À quoi sert l’absurdité ? Departing Things—a project about spontaneous change, irrationality and letting go—had its first presentation at The Garage in San Francisco in 2012 and then took on an entirely different form for the Berliner Tanztage Festival two years later.
In 2013 he created choreography to the second half of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (The Sacrifice) for the Sacre 100 Festival at Hebbel am Ufer 2 in Berlin and then showed a draft of full choreography at the 100 Grad Festival at Ballhaus Ost in 2015. Somatic research focused on the chakra system while the theme for the work was the human potential for violence and killing, specifically looking at suicide bombings. Later that year at adaStudio and Dock11, he presented a 30-minute sketch called An Apology for Losers—an interrogation of the self and the audience to call out guilt, rage and the feeling of powerlessness in the face of the world’s many problems. Most recently in September 2016 he presented the first draft of CONDUIT at Dock 11, an autobiographical solo which proposes the role of the performing artist as a cosmic channel and attempts to dissolve the distinctions between the mystical and the banal.
These most recent works—The Rite of Spring, An Apology for Losers, and CONDUIT—are still works-in-process, and Jorge is looking to gather resources and support to take each to the next level and show them in other contexts…
In the meantime he is working with Meg Stuart for Projecting [Space[ to premiere at the Ruhrtriennale in Dinslaken in August/September 2017, amongst other work.