mar parrilla (afroindigenous)
founding artistic director- lead choreographer
ar produces the annual festival: we create!, a festival devoted to promoting the work of self-identified mujeres, and gender non-conforming artists. besides danza orgánica, she devotes her life to her family, community-building, gardening, and social justice work.
Puerto Rican artist, Victoria Sagardía accomplished a Bachelor of Arts at Emerson College. She is ballet trained, and also trained with CoDa 21 in Puerto Rico. Her newest passion is Capoeira, and she trains with Sinha Capoeira. Victoria is thrilled to be dancing with Danza Orgánica.
Etienne is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he began his training at La escuela Julian Blanco and Ballet Concierto. He graduated from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, with a Masters in choreography & performing arts. Hernandez performed throughout Spain with El Joven Ballet de Cámara de Madrid for 5 years. He was also a member of Ballet Brio in P.R, and has presented dance works internationally. Presently he teaches in Boston and around the north shore area and is delighted to be a member of Danza Orgánica.
Dey is an architect, interdisciplinary artist, performance artist, and educator. She designs and directs workshops with AgitArte, a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic and popular education projects in marginalized communities. Dey is also a puppeteer of the Puerto Rico-based radical workers’ theater collective, Papel Machete. Her work and performances most recently have been exhibited at the Mills Gallery of the Boston Center for the Arts, and Loisaida Center in New York City. She is currently the art director and curator of When We Fight, We Win!
Beginning as a martial artist, Earnest studied various systems of Far Eastern and European Martial Arts for 13 years. His exploration of movement led him to classical ballet training at Ballet Austin, Columbia City Ballet, and The Ballet Arts Academy. He was an apprentice company member with the Columbia City Ballet, and also performed as a principal dancer with Austin City Ballet, Austin Dance Ensemble, and as guest artist with Ballet Spartanburg and the Dance Department at Palomar College. Earnest is currently enjoying his practices as a licensed Manual Therapist/Bodyworker, and capoeirista with SINHA’ Capoeira.
Claudia E. Varela
Claudia was born and raised in Reynosa, Mexico, where she danced with Academia de Danza La Scala and Casa de la Cultura de Reynosa. She graduated Cum Laude from UC San Diego with a Dance B.A. and a Bioengineering B.S. Varela believes that dance is a powerful way to protest and advocate for social justice, and in her choreographic work, she has explored issues such as, the drug violence affecting her hometown and the disappearing of 43 students in Ayotzinapa. Currently, Claudia is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and is thrilled to have the opportunity to dance with Danza Orgánica.
do movement apprentice
Fray Cordero is a movement artist who is fully diving into the experience and process of working with Danza Orgánica. He is the Artistic Director of Copper Civic.
do movement apprentice
From San Juan, Puerto Rico- Andrea is a dancer, choreographer, and movement artist. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in Contemporary Dance with an emphasis in choreography and improvisation. She has performed with El Taller Juvenil de Andanza, The Robin Aren Company, and Boston Dance Theater. Andrea is excited to be joining Danza Orgánica as an apprentice and to continue to work in a creative and collaborative environment.
A graduate from Trinity College, Ella Wechsler-Matthaei has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Fine Arts in Theater and Dance and was awarded Trinity’s second prize of The Diebold Family Prize in Dance in May 2014. Ella, trained in the Trinity La MaMa Performing Arts Program and studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago where she trained with the Marcia Charles Dance Theatre Company and performed in the International Soca Monarch carnival event for Benjai.
Zimbabwean artist U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, is a collaborating artist with Danza Organicá's Running in Stillness. Her newest artistic contribution to the community comes in the form of a poetry book called: Soul Psalms. You can learn more about her work by clicking here.
Terina Jasmin- Alladin
Amy M. Burns