Through writing, performance and direction my aim is to use a full spectrum of approaches in creating new work within an interdisciplinary process. My work is text based, in fusion with physical and ritualistic stage elements as well as visual-media, choreography, sound and stagecraft. Butoh Dance, Theatre of the Oppressed, applied theatre and social movements have shaped my aesthetic and philosophical approaches; as well as Laban, Grotowski, Biomechanics and Suzuki Training. I strive to create original pieces with arts-collaborators, material that is provocative, humorous, startling, political and challenging.
In my practice of theatre, I seek to create an alchemy of the body, space, spirit, and language; to tear down the hierarchy of institutional power that affects artists in the professional theatre making process and how it limits our connection to audiences.
I write and perform solo and ensemble theatre pieces, which explore the influence of myth and history on modern female sexuality and social power. (SHE WOLVES, PORNING THE PLANET- The De- Sensitization of a Nation, SEVENTEEN DAYS.) Part of my ongoing process is to perform/ participate at social- political conferences and events. Women’s Playwriting International Conference Stockholm, Sweden and Rome, Italy for World Theatre Day at the Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference: international panel event on violence against women and how it is reflected in my work. With each play I write, collaboration arises with a community, advocacy groups and scholars; societal engagement that is vital to my process as an artist.
Much of my trajectory is dedicated to working with communities that have little to no exposure to an arts process as well as trained performers in order for marginalized voices to gain visibility. I create new works that dramatize peoples’ histories and rituals from throughout Latin America and works that reframe the unknown narratives of women in history. I challenge myself to make the invisible and silenced – visible and heard through the living forms of theatrical vocabulary.
My work deals with cultural identity, gender inequality and sexual violence, colonialism and economic injustice, globalization, and the rights of indigenous peoples – all themes directly related to promoting diversity and social justice. With the intersection of these elements, it is the intention to create a spiritual, political and communal practice, for individual and collective expansion.
These themes live in my life long project, (LATIN IS AMERICA play cycle) and lecture-performance, a collection of bi-lingual works in dedication to each Latin American country, including the Caribbean – Diaspora: connects ancient ritual from cultures that have been stifled by imperialism, linking them to modern day cultural rituals; through field work, scholarly research and social festivals. Creating models and dialogue towards de-colonial options by examining how the power structure of colonialism is still affecting lives today. The 1937 Haitian Massacre (THE RIVER’S EDGE) Mexican Drug Goddess that transforms into La Santa Muerte (LA NEGRA –Mexico) Tracing five generations on a Guatemalan coffee farm (CAFÉ). Rape culture becomes personal Costa Rican mythology (EL ODIO DE UN PAIS- The Hate of a Country). Dominican prostitutes box themselves as cargo to conqueror the Old World (THE HOPEFULNESS or LA ESPERANZA). The MS-13 Gang in El Salvador are the new Lenca legends, an Agamemnon war cycle continues (AZAMEMNO). The Zipa people beautifying the body to honor indigenous Colombian Gods becomes a beauty pageant for incarcerated women today (LA PALOMA PRISONER).
As an arts facilitator to children, teens and institutionalized women, I was moved and inspired to create work about women, their history and to amplify a voice for their futures. My art programs promote personal growth, develops life skills through art-making and self- expression. How art can serve as a tool for social change, a methodology of building theatre that disrupts, opens hearts and minds to propel action. Work that includes programs with Latinx immigrant youth/adults, with a focus on forum plays and interactive audience participation.
As the artistic director of La Lucha Arts, I am dedicated to producing new works, in contribution for transformational arts participation between audiences and artists. As I look to a future where my work is continuing to aid organizations, movements, and individuals towards creating a platform for the marginalized and abandoned.
Latin is America statement HERE