bipoc led - woman led
Founded in 2007 by Afrotaíno artist Mar Parrilla- Danza Orgánica is a Boston based dance theater company whose work is centered around equity, social justice, and decolonization. With dancers from Borikén (so-called Puerto Rico), Kiskeya (so-called Dominican Republic), Mexico, and Spain- DO brings forth a multiplicity of experiences with the common themes of migration, decolonization, and the embodiment of a liberated future.
DO's programming includes performance, education (Dance for Social Justice™), and our annual festival We Create. We honor our right to express our BIPOC experience, joyfully reimagine ourselves in liberated BIPOC bodies, and leave a legacy that sheds light upon an untold side of history.
We create to share stories often untold. We create the world we want to live in as BIPOC. Our values are rooted in equity, antiracist social justice, and decolonization. We envision a world where all living beings are valued, and Mother Earth is in balance. Our legacy is one of opening doors for others, creating spaces for artistic expression, and leaving a body of work carefully created to shed light upon our human experience, and that of our collaborators.
We are committed to working with and for the community. We start within our own community in Danza Orgánica- a relationship based on love, trust, respect, and committed to our values.
Our work has three main prongs that fulfill our vision:
Performance: We are committed to bringing high quality dance theater to Boston and beyond. We create work based on our own stories, and we also work with intentional collaborators to share their stories.
Education: We recognize the need for equity and anti-racist frameworks in our community, and work towards that goal through our unique Dance for Social Justice™ (DSJ™) program. We work collaboratively with the community through a facilitated process of social justice-oriented art creations. DSJ™ is designed for all members of society, of all ages and abilities.
Presenting: We facilitate a platform that amplifies the experiences of BIPOC artists in our society through our annual festival: We Create!, an anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and decolonial platform.
Borikén (Puerto Rico): We are committed to amplifying the borikua experience in the United States and beyond. We do so via our collaborative project: Proyecto Melaza- a project that explores the colonial relationship between the United States of America and Puerto Rico. For this project we are actively collaborating with 5 Puerto Rico-based artists.
We are committed to supporting indigenous communities as we continue our journey towards decolonization. We do so through community-oriented gatherings, community-based artistic creations, performance work, collaborations, and ongoing solidarity.
Currently, we are working with members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe towards the creation of As Nupumakaunean. This is a partnership between the Aquinnah Cultural Center, The Yard, and Danza Orgánica.
In addition, Mar Parrilla is involved in several partnerships and commissions with Indigenous artists.