Associate Director/Resident Choreographer
Javier Velasco has been hailed by the San Diego Union-Tribune as “San Diego’s answer to Jerome Robbins” and was listed among people to watch in the art and theater scene by San Diego Magazine. He 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 directed and choreographed productions of A Christmas Carol, Cabaret and Suds, 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 Dixie Highway, Back to Bacharach and David, and the dance/theatre piece, The Brontes: Secret Pleasures, Secret Tears; and Doug Jacobs, founding artistic director of the San Diego Rep.
He currently serves as artistic director of the San Diego Ballet having created over 50 original pieces for the company since it’s inception, including 10 pieces in collaboration with SDB’s resident 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 Dance Alliance, the third time he has been honored by the organization.
Collaboration is a large part of Velasco’s vision for the company, whether with the San Diego Symphony, Culture Shock Dance Troupe, the Cincinnati Percussion Ensemble or the San Diego Museum of Art, where his site specific pieces are compliment traveling exhibitions. Mr. Velasco serves on the Board of Advocates for the San Diego Performing Arts League and is a consultant for the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Chula Vista.