Marsha is currently working on several projects. For such projects there is research, documentation, process-oriented arts creations, and performance. Check out some of the projects below!
Boston Artist in Residence:
This year, 2018, Marsha Parrilla is honored to have been one of seven artists picked by the city of Boston to be an Artist in Residence (Boston AIR). Through this program, program, artists, community members, and City employees work on projects that help reframe social conversations. These artists explore the ways they can use art and media to improve and bolster City initiatives.
Marsha's focus is on climate change, and its impact on marginalized communities.
Marsha has taken the task of delving into her paternal grandmother's history. Through research, interviews, and gaining a better perspective of the historical period in which she lived- Marsha is designing an evening length show based on her grandmother's 17 children. Her abuela was a strong Puerto Rican woman, who lived her whole life in Puerto Rico. The story of María, and those of her offsprings, are stories of resilience, hope, and humor in the face of crisis.
Iterations of the work:
First Iteration: Presented at Judson Church- NYC, February 2018.
Second Iteration: Presented at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northhampton, MA- as a work in progress, March 2018.
Third Iteration: Presented at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- MA, March 2018.
Fourth Iteration: To be presented at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts- MA, December 2018.
Lola Bee is a multidisciplinary performance based on the concept of Afrofuturism, from an
Afro Boricua perspective. Taking into consideration that slavery and, subsequently- colonialism, were used as tools to control, silence, and subjugate populations- through Lola Bee, I take the opportunity to imagine a hopeful and fantastic future. Lola Bee represents the
power that has been hijacked by slavery and colonialist forces- by incorporating fantasy,
science fiction, and surrealism.
Lola Bee uses the body as a medium for imagining new possibilities and to denounce social, cultural, and political acts of violence both throughout history and in our contemporary moment.