This is a work in progress sound, visual, physical performance looking into the concept of Melancholia.
In psychology, this state is directly linked with the “missing object” that we can’t have and for which we regularly mourn. I am a Venezuelan therefore, who I am? I am interested in researching culture, gender, environment, and place as my “missing objects”. Different characters will appear and disappear during the work reflecting the subject matters at hand.
LUIS LARA MALVACÍAS is a Venezuelan choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and visual artist. He has danced in the work of Jeremy Nelson (1994 – 2004), David Zambrano, Mark Tompkins, John Jasperse, Yoshiko Chuma, and in his own choreography. He has presented his work in New York since 1994, including DTW, PS122, Danspace Project, the Kitchen and Joyce SoHo among others. In the United States he has taught, created and presented work in several colleges and institutions. Internationally, he regularly teaches and presents work in many countries in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. He was a 1998/1999 and 2002/2003 Movement Research Artist-in Residence and a 2006 Dance New Amsterdam Artist in Residence. He is the recipient of a 2006 NYFA Fellowship for choreography. His work is presented under LUIS LARA MALVACÍAS / 3RD CLASS CITIZEN. For the past five years, he has worked together with Jeremy Nelson creating a series of structured improvisational duets: From A to Z. Taking each piece’s title from a different letter of the alphabet, the project focuses on many aspects of time and uses signposts and issues connected with life and aging as a framework for these explorations. The works created so far, “B”, “E”, “A” “C” and “D” have been performed in New York, Los Angeles and in several venues abroad. The work is presented under 2OLDMENPROJECT. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Choreography and Dance at the University of California Riverside.
For a complete resume, please visit www.laramalvacias.org
Also visit: 2oldmenproject.com for more info about Luis.
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