in the works
We Are Here, 2019
This powerful new work is being developed in close collaboration with the Aquinnah Wampanoag people through dance, song, installation, and storytelling. The work will be in development through Summer 2020, and is made possible through a partnership with The Yard, Aquinnah Cultural Center, and Danza Orgánica.
Daca Yanuna (I am Mother Earth in Taíno)- 2018-2020
Daca Yanuna is a multidisciplinary arts project that excavates the history of environmental racism through an Indigenous lens, with the goal of holistic decolonization and sustainable ecological justice.
MELAZA II: Weaving Stories/ Tejiendo Historias (2018-2021)
DO delves deep in the exploration of the colonial relationship between the USA and Puerto Rico, with a focus on post-Hurricane María. This new phase is being created in collaboration with artists based in Puerto Rico.
Vessel (2018) Vessel is a dance theater piece commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- inspired by the exhibition: Life Death & Revelry. Led by Marsha Parrilla, artistic director of Danza Orgánica- Vessel uses the Sarcophagus (Sacred Passage), and the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Middle Passage), as a point of departure to explore and question historic narratives, and bring forth a fresh outlook on life, death and revelry.
Lola Bee (2018) Solo work created by Marsha Parrilla towards the upcoming summer exhibit: Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 at the Brooklyn Museum, hosted in conjunction with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Melaza I (2017) A dance theater piece that explores the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the Unites States of America- with a focus on its impact on marginalized communities, particularly within the paradigm of Hurricane María.
Running in Stillness (2015-2017) A dance theater piece based on mass incarceration, and its impact on women, families, and the community.
Drought (2015) A collaborative piece inspired by the drought afflicting many parts of the USA, Puerto Rico, and beyond.
Acción Colectiva (2015) In the rise of a new civil rights movement in the USA, this piece represents different struggles present in our society, and how we can collectively promote change.
Herstory (2014) This piece depicts a women's journey through pregnancy, birth, and facing the reality of a patriarchal society.
Habitat film and live duet (2013) Habitat showcases a journey that I shared with nature during my pregnancy. It is a homage to all mothers and mothers-to-be out there who spend so much time nurturing a safe habitat in utero for our babies to develop safely.
Raíces (2013) Raíces pays homage to Puerto Rico, the land of my roots. Ironically, the island -under continued colonization- has a feeling of being unmoored from the past, searching for identity, floating in its own diaspora. The motherland must be imagined. I honor the island's African heritage, its natural beauty, and the political complexities that leave us feeling upside down.
Periplo (2012-2013) Spanish for "a long journey", Periplo explores the journeys that we make personally and collectively -searching, fleeing, or just moving through- in pursuit of opportunity or self-discovery. Periplo is inspired by the migration stories of our families, and the habitats they built and left behind, which they adapted to and then built again. Their lessons of resilience, love, and solidarity steeled them on their journeys and fortify us on ours.
Joe (2013) This compelling solo (choreographed by Joe Gonzalez) portrays Joe's experience as a young Dominican child whose family migrated to the USA. In order to fit in, he was not allowed to speak Spanish. Joe depicts his struggle to adapt, retain and discover himself in a new land.
Marea (2011) This exquisite duet explores the changes and transitions that take place in romantic relationships.
Tempo (2011) Short solo that elicits the roots of Afro Brazilian Capoeira Angola and Contemporary Dance.
Adentro (2011) Delves into difficult relationships where words are not enough, and time to heal is required to move forward.
Japón (2011) A contemplative statement in solidarity with those in Japan whose lives were so dramatically changed by the tsunami and nuclear disaster in March, 2011.
Do I Look "Illegal"? (2011) A one-woman-show that explores and challenges the philosophies behind the controversial immigration laws in the United States of America.
Lysis (2010) This piece explores how we are subconsciously connected to each other through our dream-state. In an abstract form, it investigates the collective exploration of our experience in the world. According to Jung, Lysis was the resolution of a dream. Where are we headed, collectively?
Harina (2010) An organic, intimate and playful duet that seeks to explore desire, and its entangling emotions
Bajo mi piel (2009) An intense solo based on the epidemic of femicide in Juarez, Mexico (and around the world).
Transición (2008) A solo work based on the experience of moving, and the search for identity in a new territory.
Solidarias (2007) An antiwar ensemble piece in protest of the war in Iraq (but dedicated to all invaded territories).
Caricia (2007) A luscious solo piece based on a woman's experience with fertility.
Anatomy of Nature (2007) A meditative, yet lively ensemble work that looks into the relationship between nature and the human spirit.