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 afroindigenous/ afrotaíno borikua. currently, i live in the unceded and occupied territory of the massachusett, nipmuc, and wampanoag tribes- today called massachusetts.
i'm a dance theater, movement, and interdisciplinary artist. in 2007, i founded the dance theater company danza orgánica (do) with a focus on social justice oriented performance and praxis. through do we amplify experiences that are underrepresented, as we envision an antiracist, decolonized, and equitable society free of oppression. danza orgánica excavates complex issues through extensive research, collaborations, and a movement practice that focuses on process rather than product.
my relationship with dance is based on risk-taking, self-discovery, and spontaneity. it is a reflection of my deep-rooted influences of afro-caribbean and indigenous movement; modern and contemporary dance forms, ballet, improvisation, and theater. in my creative process, i am intrigued by the way i embody my experiences (lived or those passed on generationally)- and how they inform my artistry. i’m equally intrigued by the collectivity of movement, and the power it has to examine old paradigms, inspire radical realities, and create new frameworks.
my work explores the imprint of colonizing systems of oppression in our mind, spirit, and bodies. 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.
in addition to creating work for do, i have created spaces for other artists to develop work and build community through the arts. i am particularly interested in developing containers for bipoc self-identified women and gender non-conforming artists. i am honored and grateful that we've been able to annually organize we create! a multidisciplinary arts festival that seeks to build community through the art-making process.
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.