'Another world premiere offers a different vision for 21st-century ballet, and it’s a bigger leap. Jorge Crecis’s 24 is performed with dancers from Acosta’s Havana company, Acosta Danza. A director as concerned about the experience of his dancers as his audience, you can imagine Acosta’s desire for these companies to feed from one another, and for some of the Cubans’ versatility and freedom to rub off. The resulting piece is a test of juggling skills as much as anything else, trainer-clad dancers running across the stage chucking glowing water bottles in great arcs through the air, in an increasingly complicated and artful game of catch. It’s fun, engaging, novel, with the mood driven by the spirited Cubans.' - Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian, June, 2022
'Jorge Crecis’ Twelve is irrepressible good fun, with the dancers executing mathematically exact routines while slinging around bottles of water.' - Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
Twelve is a “dance-sport” piece. Water bottles litter the stage, each with a neon light tube. The company lob, hurl and bowl the bottles like circus jongleurs. It is practised, it is perfect.' - Luara Freeman, London Evening Standard.
'You can’t help rooting for the dancers as they sprint and dip into ever trickier combinations.
The tosses are as complex as juggling, as athletic as sports, while Crecis’s sense of stage space and movement keeps this firmly in dance territory. ' Zoe Anderson, The Independent.
'It’s the last one that has them exclaiming out loud, Jorge Crecis’s Twelve, an eighteen-minute rhythmic and algorithmic parade or sports ground drill with thirty-six shimmering full plastic water bottles. Bottles are arranged in varying code sequences on the floor, as are the teams.
A game of double dare, speed, co-ordination and timing, and Vicenzo Lamagna’s electro-acoustic score heightens the tension as it triggers each new drill.
Formation crouches, never still, commando training camp, missiles fly, this looks fun, but what if one hit its mark, bottle trajectories longer and longer, crisscrossing in flight, more and more complex.
Psychedelic music, funky beat, the moves become frenetic, and, I overhear, “gobsmacking cool”… Ingenious” - Vera Liber, British Theatre Guide
''Profound, powerful and hugely demanding in terms of precision, control and team spirit, the dancers are unstinting in executing every task.' Mary Brennan, The Herald, Scotland on Kingdom, Scottish Dance Theatre.
Jorge Crecis' work is renowned for merging the athleticism and excitement of sports with the compelling visuals of an art installation. He is passionate about showing off the dancers as resiliently virtuosic individuals that together forms a strong and compact team.
A native of Spain, Jorge holds a degree in Sport Sciences and studied contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. After working as a professional dancer for different companies throughout Europe, he became a full-time lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) for four years.
Currently, Jorge is an award winning choreographer whose work has been performed in the main theatres around the world: from the prestigious New York City Centre (USA), to the avant-garde 798 District in Beijing (China) or Sadlers Wells and the Royal Opera House in London (UK). Following this motto and based upon his synthesis of sport and dance movement patterns, Jorge founded SQx (somoSQuien eXperience) leading workshops internationally and coaching professional companies such as Akram Khan Company, DV8, Punchdrunk and Rambert, among others.
Over the last few years, Jorge has been commissioned to create new works for Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre (China), Acosta Danza (Cuba), among others. His work has been described as: “irrepressible good fun” (The Guardian), “perfect” (The Independent) or “a Sudoku brought to life” (Londondance.com). His latest creation for the company directed by Carlos Acosta has been awarded as the best dance piece presented in Cuba in 2017.
He created 9 Minutes for London's EDGE Dance Company which premiered in Salzburg on 25th March, 2019 and subsequently toured throughout Europe and the UK. Jorge has also staged his acclaimed, Twelve, in a version for 8 dancers for Zfin Malta Contemporary Dance Company.
In 2014 Jorge co-founded min tala, a Pan-Arab dance company that uses contemporary dance as a peacekeeping, personal and professional development tool in areas of conflict in the middle East. He also served as Artistic Director for Aerowaves Festival in Burgos in 2011.
In June 2022 Birmingham Royal Ballet and Acosta Danza presented Jorge's 24 as part of BRB's On Your Marks Triple Bill to celebrate the opening of the Commonwealth Games. The work was great with critical acclaim by audiences and press alike as it brought two very distinct groups of dancers together for unique an fun approach to 21st century dance.
For the last 20 years, Jorge has been working to crack the secret of how to replicate altered states of consciousness through very accessible but highly effective body routines. This has resulted in a cutting-edge methodology that has been published in the form of a doctoral thesis. In 2018 Jorge was awarded a PhD by Goldsmiths, University of London. His outstanding work in dance research, has led to Jorge's recent appointment as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Derby. Jorge also applies this research to music and film personalities.
Jorge's book, Designing Presence. Entering Towards Vivencia, was published in autumn 2020 and can be ordered here: