The Company

Pony Box is comprised of incredible male identifying dance artists from all over the world. What sets us apart is our preference for using first tier male dancers and raw physicality in conjunction with original scores, in expressing the challenges of what it means to be human in this early 21st century.

Pony Box is not rule-bound. We want to increase the expressive range of choreography and not subject ourselves to arbitrary limitations. We are “Theatre” because we are about the audience’ experience. We want to expand the canon of dance, not diminish it.

Audiences appreciate our physically powerful and emotionally transformative performances.

We offer live, digital and site specific performances, as well as classes, in a wide array of settings.

Yes, our artists are not only fantastic performers but also experienced educators working with diverse populations.

Pony Box offers a full array of educational opportunities, tailoring courses to fit community needs at all ages and levels.

We also promote the work of cutting edge choreographers. We recently completed a residency with Japanese choreographer, Yoshito Sakuraba, to create “The Untold,” now available for touring. New dances by Norbert de la Cruz and Rena Butler are currently in the works.

Art + Music + Theater + Dance = Pony Box Dance Theatre


Sue Ishige

Sue Ishige

Rehearsal Director

Sumire (Sue) Ishige was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2015 and graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in 2019. Sumire has performed as a company member with Boston Dance Theater and Parsons Dance Company. She is currently the rehearsal director for Pony Box Dance Theatre, and dancer for BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, J Chen Project, McKoy Dance Project, and WHITE WAVE.

Jonathan Colafrancesco

Jonathan Colafrancesco

Performer

Jonathan is an Italian dance artist currently based in New York. He has danced in productions of Italian and international choreographers like Enzo Celli, Elisabetta Minutoli, Dario Lupinacci, Roberta Ferrara, Francesco Asselta, Samuel Pott, Vivake Khamsingsavath. Jonathan is currently a dancer for Pony Box Dance Theatre, Xiang Xu dance, LaneCo arts, Tabula Rasa Dance Theatre, Project Tag, Spark Movement Collective, EM dance, and Terre Dance Collective. He graduated from the Certificate Program at Peridance in NYC. He moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2017 to study with contemporary choreographers from companies such as Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin inc. He has also danced in works by Roya Carrera, Caleb Teicher, Assaf Salhov, Igal Perry, Isabele Rosso and Tsai-Hsi Hung. He is a co-founder or Kroma mvnt in NYC.

Rayan Lecurieux-Durival

Rayan LeCurieux-Durival

Performer

Rayan is a French Guyanese dancer who started his dance career at the age of 6 years old. He pursued his dance course in Guyana in 3 institutes, Conservatoire de Guyane EPCC, The Music and Dance School of Matoury and Adaclam, before relocating to Paris in 2016 where he joined the Institut de Formation Rick Odums. While attending the Insitut, Rayan danced in “Jeune ballet jazz” directed by Rick ODUMS and Christelle Chinios, as well as the “Jeune ballet Modern” directed by Bruce Taylor and Florence Maregale. Rayan also has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as: Matthew Rushing, Freddie Moore, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Brice Mousset, Troy Powell, Elisa Clark, Francesca Harper, Shay Bland, and Faustine Lavie. Rayan has toured with artists including: Magali Vernin, and Saïna Manotte. In July 2018 he was selected to join the Summer Dance Intensive in New York City at the Ailey School, where he has had the honor of performing with the first company, as well as with the “Ailey Students Performing Group”. Rayan is currently focused on the Horton technique, which he enjoys teaching.

Carl Ponce Cubero

Carl Ponce Cubero

Performer

Carl is a first generation Filipinx American movement artist/creative, originally from California’s Central Valley and currently based out of New York City. He received his BFA in dance performance with a minor in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine in 2017. While there, he had the honor and privilege of dancing under the late Donald McKayle. Cubero performed domestically and internationally with Ailey II from 2018–20. He has had the opportunity to dance works by Donald McKayle, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Andrea Miller, Robert Battle, Jae Man Joo, and David Parsons.

James Lindsay Harwell

James Lindsay Harwell

Performer

Lindsay originally from Dallas, TX, and started training in acting, musical theater, jazz, and tap at Flower Mound Performing Arts Theater. He began studying other dance forms when he was accepted into Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts when he was 14. After high school he attended The Juilliard School, where he met his future collaborators for a new company entitled “Hewman”. While there, he performed pieces by William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Bronislava Nijinska, Andrea Miller, Pam Tanowitz, Loni Landon, and Zack Winokur. Since graudating, he has performed with Barkin/Selissen Project, Boy Friday, Pavel Zuštiak – Palissimo Company, UNA Projects, and in City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival. He toured internationally with Gallim Dance and nationally with Brian Brooks Moving Company. In addition, he has led workshops in Jackson Hole, WY at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.

Paulo Guitierrez

Paulo Guitierrez

Performer

Paulo is originally from Ecuador. He studied at the National Ballet of Ecuador and graduated from the Joffrey Ballet School. Soon after, he joined Ballet Hispanico, performing works by Annabella Lopez Ochoa, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ramon Oller, Pedro Ruiz, Tania Perez Salas, among others. He joined the cast of West Side Story for the Abeline Opera Theater in Texas. In addition, he has performed with Syracuse City Ballet as a guest artist Currently, he is choreographing for American Swiss Ballet Company, dancing with Connecticut Ballet and pursuing his Bachelor’s degree online in Business.

Zaki Marshall

Zaki A’Jani Marshall

Performer

Zaki hails from East Orange, New Jersey. He is a 2019 graduate from the University of The Arts where he received a full scholarship towards earning his BFA in Dance Performance and was the recipient of the 2019 Academic Achievement Award for Service and Leadership. During his time there, he had the privilege of training with Philadanco, BalletX, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He has also studied with Dance Theater of Harlem, BalletX/ as well as attended Philadanco’s Summer Training internship. As a freelance instructor, and emerging choreographer, Zaki has traveled to Philadelphia, San Francisco and Bermuda to create works. From 2016-18, Zaki was a company member of Eleone Dance Theater in South Philadephia. After graduation, he relocated to San Francisco to study for a full year as a trainee with Alonzo King Lines Ballet. While on faculty for the open classes at Lines, he had the opportunity to work with Roderick George, Gregory Dawson and Alonzo King. Currently based in NY, Zaki is working with Battery Dance Company, ErvWorks Dance, and Pony Box Dance. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Zaki has a strong interest in business development and is serving as the Marketing Coordinator, supervising social media and PR for Pony Box.

Kyle Martin

Kyle H. Martin

Performer

Originally from Montclair, NJ, Kyle began his dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for The Performing Arts at the age of 15, then continued his training at The Ailey School. Mr. Martin graduated with honors from the certificate program from The Ailey School in 2018 and danced with the Ailey II company from 2018-2020. He has performed in works by choreographers Hope Boykin, Christopher Huggins, Carlos Dos Santos, Amy Hall, Ray Mercer, Freddie Moore, Frederick Earl Mosley, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Pascal Rioult, Pedro Ruiz, Mathew Rushing, Christian Von Howard, Bradley Shelver, Winston Dynamite Brown, and Robert Battle and taught numerous master classes across the US while on tour with Ailey II. Kyle also has a strong sense of organization and is an excellent communicator.

Rafael Canals Perez

Rafael V. Canals Perez

Performer

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Rafael began making dances and training at a performing arts high school, exploring a wide array of genres. Rafael learned from local professionals like Petra Bravo, Jesus Miranda, Denisse Eliza, among others. He later worked with renowned Puerto Rican contemporary ballet company Coda21, collaborating with international professionals Gina Patterson, Maša Kolar, Milan Tomášik and Fernando Troya and continued developing his artistic voice as an independent choreographer. In 2018, he moved to NYC to pursue a master’s in choreography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts studying dance, pedagogy and composition through the lens of Phyllis Lamhut, Pam Pietro, Jeremy Nelson, Patricia Beaman and Wendy Perron. Presently, Rafael works for the NYC based company Boca Tuya, composes dances for Puerto Rican company Claroscuro, and continues to cultivate his creative practice.

Christian Warner

Christian A. Warner

Performer

Christian Alexander Phenix Warner is a multi disciplinary performing artist, choreographer, and teacher with a career that spans over concert dance, musical theatre, and film. joined the ranks of Omar Roman de Jesus’ Boca Tuya, a contemporary dance company, after completing a three year commitment with TU Dance (Saint Paul, MN) in which he not only performed concert dance works by artists such as Alvin Ailey and Kyle Abraham, but was also a founding dancer in “Come Through” – an evening length collaboration with the Grammy award winning band Bon Iver. Christian also provided background vocals for the recent Bon Iver album “i,i” for the track “Naeem.” Other dance credits include repertoire created by Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott, Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, Marcus J. Willis, Stefanie Batten Bland, Aszure Barton, Troy Powell, Sonya Tayeh, Dwight Rhoden, and Luke Murphy. His musical theatre credits include productions such as Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway and National Touring), Oliver! The Musical (National Tour), and Hairspray (Regional/Houston, TX). His choreographic credits include musicals such as Once On This IslandWorking, and Ragtime as well as residencies with BAK Middle School, HSPVA,  TX State University, TU Dance, and James Madison University.

Christian is also collaborating with New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Levin, creating and producing his own work. Recently, he premiered an original ballet with McKoy Dance Project and is creating an evening-length work for Owen/Cox Dance Theatre in collaboration with the Black Creatures Fall 2022 as well as a commission for the 2023 Blacklight Summit in Washington D.C.