Awilda Rodríguez Lora/La Performera

My gender, ethnicity and sexuality are always entwined in the story told with the movement, text, digital images and sound I create. Presenting an exposed performer is not only part of the process but it is itself the art I present. The purpose of my art is to ignite human transformations of the physical and emotional self. The used of digital technology is a tool to capture memory. The work is strongly informed by the memories we live and create as we coexist in this moment now that then speaks of yesterday and moves forward as movement can only go. It is of extreme importance that the private becomes public presenting the human experience in an autobiographical format that together with the play of the audience/witness in the improvisational quality that the work always dances to…the work/art is then experienced.

Awilda Rodriguez Lora aka La Performera is queer Latina performance artist. For her, the development of performance art has become a personal therapy session where she constantly challenges her identity, sexuality and gender. Throughout her career Rodriguez Lora has developed interdisciplinary performances that incorporate dance, theater. digital and visual elements to evoke an introspective experience.

She holds a B.A. from Hunter College (CUNY) were she was awarded The Choreography Award from the Dance Department in 2002, and in 2009 she completed a Masters in Arts Management at Columbia College Chicago. Lora has performed and exhibited her performances at various venues such as Danny Kaye Playhouse (NY), Judson Church (NY), Isadora Duncan Dance School in Prague, Centro de Bellas Artes de San Juan, Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario in Nicaragua, and many informal and alternative spaces throughout Chicago, New York, Puerto Rico, Panama, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Rodriguez Lora is committed to supporting, producing and creating art that ignites progressive dialogues around race, gender and sexuality. She currently working on a new multidisciplinary solo piece titled, El Velorio de la Comay.

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