Diqui was born in 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 18, he started taking theatre lessons, in spite of never having attended a theatre before. He left the theatre school (Conservatorio Nacional) six months after having begun his studies. After that, Diqui enrolled in acting classes with various teachers for the next four years. In 1987, he formed part of La Organizacion Negra (1985-1992), an independent theatre group that created its own plays. He performed in the group’s plays: UORC (‘86-‘87), La Tiroleza (‘88-‘90), and Almas Exterminadas (‘91-‘92). In 1993, together with some of his mates from L.O.N., Diqui co-founded De La Guarda (1993-2006). In 2002, with many of the members of De La Guarda, he founded Fuerza Bruta with the goal to form a company in which creativity and experimentation are priority.
Javier Amaya (Performer)
Javier’s credits include: Fuerza Bruta in Seoul, Buenos Aires and New York City. Alvin Ailey fellowship recipient, BFA graduate from Marymount Manhattan College, formerly of Luna Negra Dance Theater and original cast of Royal Caribbean’s Saturday Night Fever. Fitness enthusiast, world traveling dancer, aerialist and choreographer from Puerto Rico. Gracias Mami, Te amo.
John Alix (Performer)
John is thrilled to be a part of Fuerza Bruta WAYRA! From DC, John earned a BFA in dance/choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. His credits include Step Up, Boardwalk Empire, Marathon 33, and musical number on Extreme Makeover. John also choreographs & performs in many events for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Love to Mom, Aimee, MCS, and MSA.
Collin Couvillion (Musician)
Collin is a songwriter and composer who has written the score to the independent films The Crab and Objects Attack! and also served as one of the singer/percussionists in De La Guarda. Having the opportunity to play with his family in this amazing show is a blessing. Hi Mom.
Ilia Jessica Castro (Performer)
Ilia Jessica Castro, the mother of a beautiful baby girl, was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Ilia danced for such artists as Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Will Smith. You can also see her in movies such as Honey, Step Up Three and in Idlewild where she played Bobbie the Showgirl.
Angela Buccinni (Performer)
After receiving her BFA in dance & choreography from Boston Conservatory, Angela found herself in flight with many NYC & Israeli circus companies performing around the world as a Hand to Hand acrobat, aerialist, bullwhip & fire performer! Angela founded & directs TheMuseBrooklyn, a unique artist collective & circus based community. Come Fly with us!www.TheMuseBrooklyn.com. Angela is honored to be in Fuerza Bruta WAYRA!
Khadija Griffith (Performer)
From Berlin, Germany, Khadija Griffith has performed in Fuerza Bruta NYC since 2012. Credits include Fuerza Bruta featuring Usher, tour with the show to Seoul, South Korea and Fuerza Bruta WAYRA in London. Khadija is also the NYC ambassador for Alternative Apparel’s MOVE line. Griffith is thrilled to bring Fuerza Bruta WAYRA to NYC.
Kim Fischer (Performer)
Kim is thrilled to be back with the Fuerza Bruta family. Select credits: MTV, Romeo and Juliet and nightnight (Actors Theatre Louisville). He’s an Oakland, CA native, a theater nerd, and his favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids. So much gratitude for his wonderful family and friends. NYU drama BFA.
Kendell Hinds (Performer)
Brooklyn native Kendell “History” Hinds specializes in Dancehall, Hip Hop and freestyle. Credits include Rihanna, TLC, Law & Order, SNL and 50 Shades! The Musical. Find out more about History on his website.
Holly Heiser (Performer)
Holly is honored to be a part of Fuerza Bruta WAYRA! Other credits: Fuerza Bruta, Pilobolus, NETworks Tour Contact, Tarzan Broadway Workshop, Angels Broadway Workshop, Wicked at USJ, West Side Story at Gateway Playhouse. Holly won a Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Vices at the Caldwell Theatre. Thank you to my friends and family for all of your support!
Angelica Kushi (Performer)
Angelica is super stoked to be a part of Fuerza Bruta WAYRA! Previously seen in Fuerza Bruta and other high flying action with AiRealistic. She is an aerialist, performer, yoga teacher, macrobiotic-ayurvedic ancient wisdom health and life coach. Special thanks to mom and dad for the constant love and support. www.angelicakushi.com
Michele Jongeneel (Performer):
Michele is from Southern California, and received her BFA in Dance Performance from California State University, Long Beach. In NYC she began working with AMDaT/Andrea Haenggi performing in NYC and throughout Europe. She has been a company member of Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, BODYART Dance Company, Naganuma Dance, Esse Aficionado and The NBA Clippers Spirit Dance Team and worked with choreographers Stephen Petronio and Oliver Steele. She joined the cast of Fuerza Bruta NYC in 2012 and performed Fuerza Bruta WAYRA in Buenos Aires in 2014. She is thrilled and honored to join Fuerza Bruta WAYRA in its NYC debut!
Liam Lane (Performer)
Liam hails from England and is proud to be returning to Fuerza Bruta WAYRA after a successful run in New York, London and Ireland. Trained as a theatre and film actor in the UK, he relishes the opportunity to combine so many disciplines and looks forward to taking the Fuerza Bruta experience to the next level. Find out more about Liam at www.liam-lane.com
Julie Nelson (Performer)
Julie is thrilled to be part of the Fuerza Bruta WAYRA cast. Credits: Fuerza Bruta NYC, Rock of Ages Broadway, National Tours, Rock of Ages and Cats. She danced/acted in commercials and TV/Film: Step Up, VMAs, Wrigley’s…A Wilhelmina model and SoulCycle instructor (Jaws). Love to friends and family. “If you can dream it you can do it.”
Brooke Miyasaki (Performer)
Brooke is ever grateful for the chance to perform within this theatrical playground with all who’ve been involved. Across many landscapes, she’s proud to continually share this experience. “So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” Thank you to my Village: M, D, Liam & Scout.