Check out our interview with actor, musician, producer and the Supervising Choreographer of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Jordi Caballero.

This year, Dancing with the Stars brought in Spanish multitalented artist Jordi Caballero as their Supervising Choreographer for their 2019 season premiere. Previously, Jordi has been an expert judge in dance shows such as Dance Your Ass Off (Oxygen) and Step It Up and Dance (Bravo).

Dancing with the Stars premiered its 28th season on September 16th with guests such as former NBA player Lamar Odom, former White House Secretary Sean Spicer and actor James Van Der Beek. The premier was a total success, positioning the show as the most watched one on Monday night.

He taught Madonna and Terrence Howard how to dance tango in Ghosttown’s music video; acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker as her love interest in Sex and the City; has choreographed iconic videos such as Dove’e L’Amore (Cher), and co-produced films such as The Load starring actress Maria Valverde for Amazon Prime, among many others. Jordi is currently touring with Andrea Bocelli.

As a filmmaker-producer of original entertainment content for the stage and feature films, Jordi Caballero co-produced the World Choreography Awards in Los Angeles (2015, 2016 and 2017) and the feature films After the Rain, CUBA LOVES LOVERS (Oona Chaplin), TANGO SHALOM (Post Production) & the documentary, THE LAST ANALOGUE HIT: MACARENA (Post Production).

Follow Jordi at @jordicaballero1

You have worked with many of the biggest celebrities in the world such as Madonna, Cher, JLo… How is it working with artist at that level?

Artist are human beings, therefore they are all very unique and different. Just like people.

How is Andrea Bocelli in person? Can you tell us any fun fact you have experienced with him?

He is very special. A true artist who always aims at excellence in his craft of singing. A family man; gentle and warm.

What does it mean for you as a person and as a choreographer to be the supervising choreographer of the premier of Dancing with the Stars?

It was a great experience. 6 weeks of intense preparation working along an amazing team of producers, artists, and of course the celebrities. We all worked together as one, to create the best possible DWTS Premiere. When it aired, it was number one on TV, and the ratings were higher than the year before. A total success.

Tell us what a day being you is like?

Every day is a constant search for opportunities along intense training in the different art forms I practice. It involves lots of running, driving, flying, and at the same time meditating and “going deep”. I’m a paradox in movement, searching simultaneously without and within.

What do you think are the most important traits for a person to have?

Empathy, generosity and originality. Being good spirited. It’s important to be unique yet we must also find the common thread that unifies us all.

As a dancer/choreographer, I assume you have achieved almost every goal someone could have. What is that goal you still haven’t achieved?

Choreography, just like any other art form, is about story telling. The medium, or the level of abstraction of the narrative varies, but in essence, I want to continue to tell stories that touch the human heart and indirectly give me a sense of what we are doing in this world as humans. It’s a process that never ends.

As an actor, we’ve seen you in some of the greatest shows. What director would you like to work with?

I’m a huge fan of “Blade Runner” the original film. Working with Ridley Scott would be an amazing experience. On the other side of the spectrum, working in my language with director Pedro Almodovar would be a totally different, yet equally fascinating experience.

You are a multitalented artist: actor, dancer, choreographer, producer… If you had to choose one career path, which one would you choose and why?

I truly could spend a full lifetime or actually many lifetimes just being an actor, a dancer, or any of the other disciplines. Each one could take many lives to master and experience. However, my destiny has always been to do them all this lifetime. It’s not a choice, it’s simply the way it has flowed for me.

 


 

Photo Credit:

Cover: Bjoern Kommerell

Action Photo: Bocelli