As a dance maker I have been creating choreographic projects through DanceLab/Marina La Rivera, a collaborative, horizontal and interdisciplinary project. After moving to New York in 2014, I decided to keep on working as a political and geopolitical response, developing collaborative remote proposals across the Atlantic, connecting Venezuelan dancers, visual artists, musicians, and writers in the process; trying to break the conditions of imagination and creation on the dance practice, as related to the idea of State|Nation; creating new distributions and sensibilities around issues such as state borders, liminality in time and space, body encounters, the use of media in dance practices, and the like. Since 2013, I have worked in collaboration on different dance projects, including "Exoesqueleto" (2013) "Becoming (In)visible" (2015), and "Smoke" (2017), presenting these projects in Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Perú, and New York.
So far we have been working and creating together:
Ana Elena Brito
Venezuelan- Peruvian dancer. Art Historian (Universidad Central de Venezuela). Soon after finishing her Dance degree at the Escuela de Danza de Caracas, she began working with the Taller de Danza de Caracas Dance Company, Um Gramo Dance Company (Venezuela), Sarta de Cuentas and Armando Díaz. She recently moved to Lima, where she works as a dancer, choreographer and also as a scholar, she’s a professor in the dance department at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Mariana Alviárez (Buenos Aires), is a Venezuelan dancer, actress and performer, dance educator and researcher. She has been working with severals dance and drama companies, multimedia projects and films y Latin America, researching sounds and rhythms in Europe and South America.
He was born in Caracas, Venezuela in October 1979 of Mexican nationality. He began his studies in contemporary dance as an interpreter at the Escuela de Danza de Caracas, under the direction of Yuri Cavalieri and José Ledezma. He was part of the stable cast of the Dance Workshop company of Caracas for three years (2002/2005), as a guest dancer working at the Teresa Carreño Theater Ballet (Venezuela) and with independent companies: Dramo, Rastro Dance Company based in New York , Cressida contemporary dance (Mexico), Cía Féliz Rucker, Linda Rubin, Jeremy Nelson, among others. In 2005 he obtained the scholarship of the National Council of Culture (CONAC) participating in an exchange of studies with the Higher Institute of Arts ISA in Havana, Cuba. A year later (2006) he travels to Mexico and joins the contemporary dance tumakat company where until now he has directed in different productions with directors such as Fernando Melo, Luis Biasoto, Vania Duran, Diana Szeinblum, Leandro Kees, Vladimir Rodríguez and Claudia More of. In 2012, he was a beneficiary of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in Mexico as a scenic creator to develop the 3/3 project = 1 projection. In 2014 he was in artistic residence at the National School of Arts in Denmark creating Who is it, work for a solo in improvisation of his authority. Manuel has constantly updated his knowledge by receiving classes with masters of the contemporary scene such as: David Zambrano, Jeremy Nelson, Renate Graziadi, Juan Kruz, Helena Franzén, Tamara Cuba, Jon Jasper, Laly Ayguade, Dominick Borucki, Kirstie Simson, Vladimir Rodriguez, Linda Rubin, Robert Stejn, Felix Rucker, Luis Biasotto, Diana Szeinblum, Alicia Sanchez, Lourdes Luna, Evoe Sotelo, Benito Gozales, Claudia Lavista, Geraldine Cardiel, among others. On the other hand, he investigates about improvisation in dance, somatic techniques and launching, as well as in teaching, axes of his artistic experience. He has taught courses and workshops in different communities aware of communication through the movement is an important contribution in our times. Currently, Manuel Fajardo is in the city of Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico, participating and collaborating in different projects in dance such as Beijing.
Producer and audiovisual editor, producer of short films, promotional, documentaries for television and digital video marketing. Experience in cultural journalism, copywriter and event production. Choreographer, performer and facilitator of creative workshops.
Marisabel Dávila Lobo
Is a Venezuelan interdisciplinary artist, researcher and performer. Marisabel holds an MFA in Art Direction from the Escuela de Cine Y TV San Antonio de Los Baños (Cuba) and an undergraduate degree in Mass Media and Audiovisuals from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.She explores rituals as a vehicle where the body can engage and relate in different ways. In her works she creates worlds that are to be inhabited by the audience, sharing her personal experiences and testimonies.
Venezuelan composer Icli Zitella was born in Caracas. After he completed composition studies in his own country, he pursued a Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York City (2015). He worked as a violinist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of his country and served as professor of Theory at Mozarteum-Caracas School of Music. His works have been played by famous international soloists, such as Ab Koster, Willliam VerMeulen, Lucy Shelton, and Dimitri Vassilakis. He won the Municipal Price in Caracas (2011), the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (1999), and the first place in the Moisés Moleiro Piano Composition Contest (1992). His works include concert, chamber, orchestral, electronic and incidental music, as well as film scores. He writes music in a wide variety of styles ranging from the classical and traditional to the popular and experimental.