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This is the story of the JUMANO.

Back in 2011, Elia Mrak was scheduled to lead a 1-month workshop and creation process in Merida, México. Two weeks before he left for the project, he under-rotated a standing backflip and broke his left toe. The doctor told him that he would need to protect it and wear shoes when he danced. Normally, he teaches and dances barefoot, so he compromised and wore only 1 shoe for the duration of the workshop.

During the workshop, in his beginning-level Spanish, he continually referred to “human movement” as “movimiento de humano”. He incorrectly kept pronouncing the “h” even though in Spanish the “h” is silent. One patient student in particular kept reminding and correcting him, and yet Elia kept making the same mistake.

At the end of the 1-month process, this student gifted Elia with this handmade shirt with whimsical image of a human being. If you look close, you can see the single shoe, and underneath, it is named “JUMANO” to honor and commemorate the fact that Elia never learned how to pronounce “humano” correctly.

To this day, JUMANO stands as an reminder to fight for something worth fighting for, and do so with humility, humor, and art.

JUMANO is our endearing colleague, friend, and logo.