"Hauntingly beautiful shots... the video and live music rhythms interact excitingly at times. The technology is impressive. Tamango and Naj, who designed the visuals and is also the show’s onstage V.J., are clearly onto something." - Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
Jean de Boysson (“Naj”) is a dancer, a video artist, a vj and a multimedia performance director. He trained as a dancer at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany and performed in France with choreographer Jean-Claude Gallota, and theatre director Jean-Louis Barrault. He came to in New York City in 1983 with a grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study dance at the Merce Cunningham Studio. Jean de Boysson performed dance solos in various East Village clubs such as “Hardware, Software, Tupperware” (1984) at 8BC and “Face it” (1986) at Darinka. In 1992 he directed “Le Défilé des Saints” at the Arteleku Center for Contemporary Art in San Sebastian, Spain. Since 1985, Jean de Boysson has made a variety of film and video works: dance videos such as "Teile dich Nacht," a collaboration with Korean choreographer Hyon Ok Kim which received the Gold Award at the 1991 Dance on Camera Festival in New York City and the Grand Prize Award at the 1992 International Film Festival of Teruel, Spain; "La Promenade”, commissioned by the Dia Center for the Arts; music videos with jazz greats Graham Haynes and Roy Ayers as well as collaborated on documentaries such as "New All The Time," a film with jazz legend Betty Carter, and "Amalia, Uma Estraña Forma de Vida" about legendary fado singer Amalia Rodrigues, and Jennifer Fox’ An american Love Story. His work has been exhibited internationally at festivals, museums, art galleries and theaters such as the Berlin Film Festival, the American Film Institute, the World Wide Video Festival in the Netherlands, the Australian International Video Festival, the Reina Sofia Museum of Art in Madrid, the Folkwang Museum of Essen, Germany, the Knitting Factory, Anthology Film Archives, Dance Theater Workshop in New York City and has been broadcast on television in China, Korea, Germany, Holland, Spain, Portugal, France and the US.
“A video component designed masterfully by Jean de Boysson… The effect is sensual, intoxicating, disorienting." - Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle
Since 1999, Jean de Boysson has designed video environments and performing as a live VJ for Tamango’s Urban Tap. In 2007, Jean de Boysson directed “Duende”, a dance video performance piece with French hip-hop dance company Dans6t and co-directed Urban Tap’s “Bay Mo Dilo”. In 2009, he wrote and directed the company new production, “Narcisse & Co”, a multimedia dance solo performance featuring Tamango. Recently, Jean has been touring as a VJ with acclaimed Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.
“Jean de Boysson, is a master of his craft, a man who thinks big.” - Elizabeth Zimmer, Gay City News