As a teaching artist, Alvarez aims to offer a joyful and healing experience that catalyzes reflection, unity, and collective transformation. In , Alvarez was honored with a scholarship from the Bartol Foundation. Violante graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in music and is now a part of a futuristic fusion band called Interminable. Interminable explores the modern diasporic experience, performing covers and originals, both in English and Spanish. Activities included daily training, performing at various concerts, hosting taiko classes and workshops, and doing a school tour. Small became an official member of Eitetsu Fu-Un no Kai in September , training, performing, and touring with them across Japan and overseas. Currently, Small is still putting together plans, especially for this coming summer.
Mariadela Belle Alvarez
Black Spatial Relics
Why is culture important to you? In rehearsal, we are reflecting on re-constructing and re-imagining home, our bodies as moving archives, the legacy we carry and pass on, and cultural transformation through decolonization. Kinan Abou-afach artfully switches from his evocative, dynamic cello to the quieter sounds of the oud when Ani Gavino practices monologue with her dancing. Interdisciplinary savvy, donia salem keenly reflects on how one can never go back to the home they knew, and how diaspora is in constant shift. For me, BrideNext has been a meaningful integration of the kinds of work I am passionate about: community engagement, storytelling, and immigrant advocacy. On November 17 and 18, we will be weaving together movement, poetry, and live music in our presentation.
Belle is a performer, choreographer, and educator based in Philadelphia. Belle is delighted to be a participant in The Outlet Dance Project. Learn more about Belle at www. Invitational, Come Together Festival, and many other venues across the Northeast. Cruz-Austin received an apprenticeship with Pennsylvania Ballet in and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in As a choreographer, Ms. Heidi Cruz-Austin received a Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for her choreography and is currently the co artistic director as well as the resident choreographer of DanceSpora dance company. Taylor Donofrio resides in Brooklyn,NY.
A soulful storyteller, Alvarez creates dance theater and facilitates educational engagement at the intersections of activism, culture, and community organizing. Teaching credits include Swarthmore College, Temple University, Spelman College, and several K arts education nonprofits; for which Alvarez was recognized locally by the Bartol Foundation for her leadership as a Teaching Artist. Black Spatial Relics Black Spatial Relics is a new performance residency about slavery, justice and freedom. Johnson and muthi reed. To learn more about Black Spatial Relics visit www. Emerging from her work and research around U. She is the founder of The Love Balm Project , a workshop series and performance based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence Atlanta, GA and Oakland, CA. She is also the founder and director of Black Spatial Relics, a new performance residency about slavery, justice and freedom. Arielle is a co-creative producer on Remember, a performance and residency project based in Phillips County, Arkansas.