Wally Cardona

Wally Cardona is a choreographer, dancer, and educator. His choreographic works include Son of Gone GIVEN, GIVEN on a Sunday and GIVEN in the Blackbox; The Set Up: Island Ghost Sleep Princess Time Story Show, a 7-part dance made over the course of six years with dance artists Jennifer Lacey, I Nyoman Catra, Proueng Chhieng, Junko Fisher, Saya Lei, Jean-Christophe Paré, Heni Winahyuningsih, Kapila Venu and composers Jonathan Bepler, Reiko Fueting, and Megan Schubert; TOOL IS LOOT, resulting from games of aesthetic disorientation, made with Lacey and Bepler; Interventions 1-7, encounters between Cardona and the requests and opinions of a sommelier, astrophysicist, architect, social activist, among others; Movements within Stream, an outdoor mini-myth; Really Real, a “people piece” for 100 individuals, including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Revival, performed by 30 dancers in the abandoned balcony of the old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia; and A Light Conversation, a physical dialogue on aesthetics vs. ethics, love, commitment and sacrifice, made with choreographer Rahel Vonmoos. Cardona was honored with a Bessie Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Creative Capital Award, and Doris Duke Artist Award. Born in West Covina, California and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cardona now lives and works in New York City.