El Mundo Zurdo Conference 2018

Today I presented on a panel with my colleagues from the Decolonial Epistemologies: Dance Lab (DE:EDL) at The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa's El Mundo Zurdo Conference at Trinity University in San Antonio. My paper "Who Takes Center Stage?: Xicana Epistemologies in Contemporary Dance" examines the radical act(s) of placing Xicana bodies, stories, and experiences at the center of contemporary dance practice and performance. The presentation of the paper included a short excerpt of section one of my solo piece "Deslenguadas."

Movement Research Studies Project

I was invited to present on a panel for Movement Research Studies Project: An ethics of (talking about) watching organized by Kristopher Pourzal. Fellow panelists included Jaime Shearn Coan, André Daughtry, Mark Travis Rivera, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa. We had conversations around questions regarding how dance artists create the space for feedback in which artists/performers and their work is addressed properly, respectfully, and/or ethically. For more info, look here.

Interview for Arizona Spotlight

For my work at Safos Dance Theatre, today I was interviewed by Mark McLemore for ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT who is featuring a segment on Tucson-based arts organizations about "summer survival strategies." I was joined by Susan Claassen of Invisible Theater and Michael Martinez of Live Theater Workshop this afternoon at Arizona Public Media on the University of Arizona campus to talk about how different Tucson arts organizations survive the summer. UPDATE: The episode aired Friday July 27, 2018. Check out the episode in the link HERE

Talking Dance in the Desert with AZ PBS

I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Horizonte AZ PBS for my work on Dance in the Desert. Check out the interview and article here. Dance in the Desert brought Latinx dancemakers together for three-day inaugural convening that was held in Phoenix, April 26-28, 2018. Conceived and organized by Tucson-based choreographer and dancer Yvonne Montoya, Dance in the Desert arrives at a critical point for Latinx dancemakers: a moment of aesthetic innovation grounded in the experiences of Latinx communities. Thank you again to Dance in the Desert partners Safos Dance Theatre; AZ ArtWorker, an initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts funded by a grant from the Emily Hall Tremain

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