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​39 | #JesúsMarioLozano

On our fifth episode of World Dance month your co-host YeaJean interviews colleague Dr. Jesús Mario Lozano the Academic Director of the Art Department (Director Académico Departamento de Artes) UDLAP. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Jesús Mario’s filmmaking and academic career, using language barriers to reinvent yourself when studying internationally, the pros/cons of teaching art in a university setting, dramaturgy in theater and dance, and how social media and video streaming affects filmmaking and the viewer experience.


[0:29] YeaJean introduces JesúsMario


[2:06]YeaJean asks: “You obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the European Graduate School, and have a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and your undergraduate studies were carried out at the ITESM Campus Monterrey. What made you choose to study in these schools internationally? How was your experience?”

[4:29]YeaJean asks: “What are the curriculum differences from Mexico and London?”

[5:55]YeaJean asks: “How was the English language barrier?”

[7:27]YeaJean asks: “Could you describe your day and your role as an academic director?”

[9:24]YeaJean asks: “We both teach Dramaturgia this semester in theater and dance...can you explain what is dramaturgy and the role of a dramaturg?”

[14:06]YeaJean asks: “You taught Improvisation class last semester to both theater and dance students, can you share how you address the class and your experience in the class?”

[16:08]YeaJean asks: “Can you talk more about structured improvisation?”

[17:36]YeaJean asks: “What is your definition of improvisation?”

[19:40]YeaJean asks: “What are the pros/cons teaching art in a university setting?”

[24:15]YeaJean asks: “For those listening who are wondering or considering their career path after graduating university, what advice do you have?”

[26:47]YeaJean asks: “Can you explain the book you published in "Aesthethicon: Theatrical acts at the limits of philosophy?"

[29:38]YeaJean asks: “You wrote and directed many films such as Así”, “Más allá de mí”, “Ventanas al mar” y “La sangre bárbara.” What does your creative process look like?”

[31:35]YeaJean asks: “Do you spend more time pre-production or post-production?”

[33:55]YeaJean asks: “Can we talk about your recent work Fuego adentro?”

[37:19]YeaJean asks: “Have you seen a shift in how people consume art with the evolution of social media? How does social media influence your career?”


[42:35] YeaJean asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Fiddler on the Roof “When I was a very small kid”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Both “I think one has to distant oneself...the algorithms are out to get us”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Vimeo and YouTube

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