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Ep 48 – Jason Oremus

Former lead of Riverdance, co-creator of the award-winning dance company HAMMERSTEP and five-time solo National Irish Dance Champion, Jason is originally from Sydney, Australia. His choreography and creative work have received critical acclaim from publications such as: Rolling Stone, Billboard, Huffington Post and WIRED Magazine. Jason toured with Riverdance as principle lead dancer for over eight years, performing in over 40 countries at venues such as: London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Palais des Congrès de Paris, The Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, and for notable leaders including The Empress of Japan and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Jason has produced and starred in international performances at venues including New York City’s Lincoln Center and The Palace Theatre on London’s West End. Jason won the Jury’s Award for Outstanding Choreography at the First Irish Theatre Festival 2013 and his work received the critical acclaim of various publications while showing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. Hammerstep’s appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2013 received a standing ovation from the judges.  Jason also co-wrote, co-choreographed and produced the short film INDIGO GREY: The Passage that was featured in over 35 international film festivals and won 10 festival awards. As former resident of the New Museum’s NEW INC incubator program and 2017-2018 resident artist of the Nobel Prize-winning institution Bell Labs,  Jason co-choreographed and produced the first live production of sci-fi dance-action theatre show INDIGO GREY: The Micah Grey Experiment, which premiered Spring 2018 at MANA contemporary in Jersey City with a four week sold-out run.

Most recently, Jason has been choreographing with two-time Tony award winner Bill T. Jones as they develop the new musical theatre show Paradise Square for Broadway. Jason also performed as a specialty dancer for Paradise Square’s world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2019.
Also, some other Irish dance related trivia:  I am the co-founder of Sneaky Steppers and I also co-organized the Sydney Irish dance flash mob that has 12 million views on youtube.

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