Bennyroyce DanceBrooklyn, NY
Bennyroyce Dance is a project-based contemporary dance company based in Brooklyn, NY that cultivates multidisciplinary collaboration and inspires collective innovation under the artistic vision of Filipino-American dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon. Founded in 2010, Bennyroyce Dance delivers fresh, energetic, and inventive works that engage audiences in imagining unknown possibilities, in seeking boundless connections and meaning, and in enjoying the dynamic movements of life.
Royon fuses an eclectic range of dance styles, imprinting his movement with a tactile physicality sensitive to the enigma, grace, and energy of the ever changing landscape of the human condition. A sense of playfulness and wonder motivates his work, typified by kinetic gestures and movements connected to the intellect and instinct of an individual or group. Royon sees his work as a conversation not only between the body, space, and time, but also between artists from different fields.
Bennyroyce Dance has appeared in New York City at Manhattan Movement Arts Center, The Ailey Studios, The Joyce Theater, the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance Capezio Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, The Wild Project, and at The University Settlement. Outside of New York City , the company has appeared in Ohio Dance Theatre’s LINES 22 Mixed Repertoire program in Oberlin, OH, in Bennyroyce Royon: Behind the Scenes at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA, in New Orleans Fringe Festival at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans, LA, in Chop Shop Dance Festival at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA, and at the Roxy Theater in Morton, WA.
The company has received space residencies from Brooklyn Music School in Brooklyn, NY (2014), Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA (2014), Armitage Gone! Dance Studio at MANA Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ (2013), and The Art Mill in Jeffersonville, NY (2011).
The Artistic Director
Filipino-American dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. Royon has been noted by The New York Times for his "keenly focused, succinct way with movement" and lauded by his contemporaries for his sophisticated ability to blend kinetic physicality, tactile gestures, and fluid energy. He has worked with notable choreographers such as Karole Armitage, Aszure Barton, Sidra Bell, and Carolyn Dorfman, and has performed with numerous acclaimed dance companies in New York City including Armitage Gone! Dance, Bad Boys of Dance, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Outside of New York City, Royon has guested with Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, and toured Canada and Europe with Cas Public, a Montréal-based contemporary dance company. He has appeared in PBS Great Performances, on Good Morning America, and in the music videos of producer and composer Son Lux, experimental-pop artist My Brightest Diamond, and German rapper and record producer Danny Bokelmman (or D-Bo).
Royon has received choreographic commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance, The Juilliard School (Senior Dance Showcase), The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Harvard Ballet Company, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Atlanta Ballet presented the world premiere of FLUX (2011), a multimedia dance creation incorporating set design, large-scale video projection, and an original score by Son Lux. FLUX was praised by dance critics as “unexpected and heart-stoppingly dramatic” and “refreshingly original.” Bad Boys of Dance presented the premiere of Take 4 (2007) during the company’s debut at Jacob’s Pillow’s 70th Anniversary Season. Take 4 was also featured in the documentary dance film NEVER STAND STILL (2012) by award-winning producer and director Ron Honsa. The Boston Globe applauded this highly charged work as “dynamite” and ”pushed at the edges.”
Other choreographic credits include originating the lead role “Jacob” for iLuminate’s Off-Broadway production of Artist Of Light (2012) at The Duke on 42nd Street, and as the Assistant Choreographer to Karole Armitage for the New York Philharmonic’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen (2011).
Royon most recently received Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award in 2014 and The Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Colors Award in 2012, and has been commissioned to create a new work by Point Park University in January of 2015. He is also a guest faculty at various schools around the US.
Chronos (2010) – Excerpt
“Chronos” is a 22-minute multimedia, contemporary dance work that premiered at the University Settlement in 2010. This excerpt begins at the top of the third section. “Chronos” fuses musical, movement, and visual elements to explore the notion of the three realms of time; past, present, and future. Rhythmic gestures and kinetic movement phrases grow and emit from the dancers. Large-cropped, monochromatic stills and graphics provide a simple yet visually poetic visual composition that represent imprints of the past.
Tabu (2013 version)
“Tabu” was commissioned and premiered by Columbia Ballet Collaborative on November 2011. In 2013, it was revamped and performed by the artists of Bennyroyce Dance. This enigmatic and seductive dance awakens a tribe of nocturnal creatures to celebrate the forbidden. Deep within these denizens of the night lurks a carnal desire, erupting in a luscious bacchannal to savor the pleasures of the senses.