A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José Navas moved to New York before settling in Montreal, where he created his first choreography in 1991. Four years later he founded Compagnie Flak. An exceptional dancer, he pursued his career by creating moving solos, the basis of his success. In his group pieces, he has progressed from theatricality to pure movement and total abstraction. Over the past five years he has also made headway in the world of contemporary ballet, receiving commissions from companies such as Ballet BC in Vancouver (where he was choreographer in residence for three years), the National Ballet of Canada and the Staatstheater Mainz in Germany.