José Navas discusses the 3D thermal imaging technology used in the film ORA. From the National Film Board’s YouTube channel.
Navas danced for 2½ years with the company of Marie CHOUINARD while still continuing to appear with Douglas. In 1992, with Douglas's support, Navas presented his first solo performance and soon after began to tour independently. Navas incorporated as Compagnie Flak in 1996, the year Douglas died, and began choreographing group works two years later. His choreography is focused on pure movement and has been described as highly sensual.
José Navas has commissioned work for himself from other choreographers. His work has also been performed by several companies, including MONTRÉAL DANSE and LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRÉAL. Navas and his choreography have also been seen on screen, notably in an award-winning duet he created for Philippe Baylaucq's NATIONAL FILM BOARD short, Lodela.
In September 1995 Navas was co-recipient with Douglas of a prestigious New York Off-Broadway "Bessie" award (dance and performance) for his interpretation of Douglas's moving solo, While Waiting. In 1999, Navas was nominated for a GEMINI AWARD for his performance in Moze Mossanen's film The Golden City. In 2000, José Navas was called one of the "100 personnalités qui font bouger le Québec" (100 people who make Quebec tick) by the magazine L'Express.
Notably in 2010, José Navas became the choreographer in residence at BALLET BRITISH COLUMBIA, in addition to his contemporary work with Compagnie Flak.
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