How…do you dance in response to works of art?

At The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)

Join dancer and choreographer Alicia Díaz for a gallery program that explores the connection between dance and visual works of art.  Ms. Díaz will talk about the elements of dance improvisation and will perform in the 21st century galleries in conversation with the work of Ethiopian-American artist Julie Mehretu. She will be joined by percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez.

Friday, May 15, 1-2 PM. Gallery Program. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk. Free, no reservation required.

Prints, Movement, and Sound: Memory and Resonance–December 5, 1 PM–Dance artist Alicia Díaz and percussionist Héctor Barez explore themes of memory and resonance in a live performance in relationship to two prints exhibited in The 2014 Harnett Biennial of American Prints in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at The University of Richmond: Resonance IV by Mika Aono Boyd and I Still See Them by Rashaun Rucker.

Héctor “Coco” Barez . Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, was a founding member and toured 7 years with the Grammy award-winning alternative Latin band Calle 13. Coco has also had the opportunity to record, collaborate and perform with a wide variety of Latin and World music artists including Bio Ritmo, Alma Tropicalia, Don Omar, Bacilos, Mana, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Ruben Blades, William Cepeda (Puerto Rican Folk Jazz), Cultura Profetica, Calma Carmona, Diana Fuentes, Jerry Rivera, Jerry Medina & La banda, Tego Calderon (Hip-Hop), Jossette Reily (Flamenco), and Furia Flamenca.

REMNANTS–Díaz will be one of the choreographers for Remnants–a new musical at The University of Richmond to open November 20-23, 2014.

REMNANTS is an American hip-hop, coming-of-age musical that tells the story of three life-long friends who graduate from high school at the top of their class. Now celebrities, one of the boys witnesses the brutal murder of a Chinese delivery boy. Outraged, our young hero vows revenge. With original R&B songs, rapping, popping and locking, live deejay, and a fullout block party, our young philosophers contemplate retaliation and reflect, along with a heavy dose of humor, upon the challenges of adolescent boys as they strive for success in an uncertain world.

2014-15 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature and the Arts–Throughout this festival,  initiated by the Art Department at The University of Richmond, Alicia Díaz will participate in The Parking Lot Project which focuses on the theme of landscape and land use.  She will participate in artistic interventions that aim to disrupt the parking lot’s identity and open it up for critical and creative inquiry.  Díaz will work with students and guest artists in this collaborative effort suggesting practices of dance making as a sort of “excavation” of the body and space.

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