Mar's Artist Statement
Soy the descendant of Indigenous peoples (Taíno Arawak) from the Americas y el Caribe by way of Borikén (colonized name Puerto Rico); of African people (by way of Central and West Africa) who were forcibly displaced to the Caribe, and of mestizaje from Spanish people. I identify as A Afro Taíno Borikua. Currently, I live in the unceded and occupied territory of the Massachusett, Nipmuc, and Wampanoag tribes- today called Massachusetts.
I see Art as a liberating lover. I am a dancer. My relationship with dance is based on risk-taking, self-discovery, and spontaneity. I am freest, when my body can sing through movement. In my creative process, I'm intrigued by the way I channel my experiences- their embodiment, and their manifestation on the outside world. I’m equally intrigued by the collectivity of movement, and its power to examine old paradigms, inspire radical realities, and create new frameworks.
Through dance/movement, my work explores the holistic imprint of colonizing systems of oppression in our being. I seek to decolonize our narratives, retell our stories (our way), and reinvent our way of experiencing the world. Guided by our ancestors, elders, and the youth- I create spaces for liberation for this generation, and generations to come.
My approach entails extensive research, intentional collaborations, and a movement practice that focuses on process rather than product.
Massachusetts- Aquinnah Cultural Center (Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard), Institute of Contemporary Art, Bessie Schonberg Choreographic Residency at The Yard, Jacob's Pillow Dance Inside/Out Festival, Jacob's Pillow's Creative Development Residency, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Harvard School of Law, Museum of Fine Arts, Mobius, The Dance Complex, John Hancock Hall, Green Street Studios, Jose Mateo Ballet's Dance for World Community Festival, Cambridge River Arts Festival, Figment, Boston Center for the Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mills Gallery (through Boston Center for the Arts), Wellesley College, Roxbury Community College, Spontaneous Celebrations, Third Life Studio, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Hibernian Hall, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
NYC- The Brooklyn Museum, Judson Church (through Movement Research), Gibney Dance, Dixon Place, Mark Morris Dance Center, Cloud City, The Far Space, The Flea, SOB's, Spoke the Hub, the State University of NY, Djoniba Dance and Drum Center, Dance New Amsterdam, NYC Dance Parade, University Settlement, HERE, Clemente Soto Velez, Dance Theater Workshop (through Movement Research), and Downtown Arts.
Additionally, mar has performed in venues such as: WaterFire Arts Center (Rhode Island), Alvin Ailey, Symphony Space, DNA, New York University, Long Island University, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and Andanza, in Puerto Rico.