Viveca Vázquez: 30 Years of Experimental Dance


Tonight (April 19, 2013) at 7:00pm, Puerto Rico’s Museum of Contemporary Art [Museo de Arte Contemporáneo-MAC] will launch a tribute to choreographer Viveca Vázquez’s outstanding trajectory in experimental dance for the last 30 years. This opening features a performance of her “Coreografía del error, CONDUCTA” [Choreography of Error: Conduct]. The second staging of Conducta will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 7:00pm. As one of the people who saw her troupe perform in Los Angeles in the early 90s, I am definitely a fan of her work; I congratulate her enthusiastically for this well-deserved accolade. Here are excerpts from Primerahora with more information about forthcoming exhibits, panels, and roundtables surrounding Vázquez’s work:

For the experienced choreographer and dancer Viveca Vázquez, experimental dance is an entry to a world of emotions, discipline, and physical strength. She has traveled in this space since 1979 when she founded the group Pisotón and began to investigate multiple issues for which she felt passion—such as the female body, fear, and entrapment—to the point of making them part of her creative obsessions. From that moment, her strength, her interpretative technique, and her charisma have marked her as one of the most extraordinary artists of the local scene of experimental dance and performance.

This evening’s artistic event includes the participation of well-known dancers that have accompanied her throughout the years in the Otra Cosa Workshop (Taller de Otra Cosa), founded in 1990, such as Eduardo Alegría, José Pepe Álvarez, Javier Cardona, Teresa Hernández, Karen Langevin, Alejandra Martorell, and Awilda Sterling. They join to celebration through dance and a reformulation of a selection of choreographic works by Vázquez, as a tribute to her creative work.

viveca“Conducta” is a retrospective interdisciplinary show that will run until August at the MAC, and will include an exhibition of cinematic and photographic documentation, costumes, and works of art by distinguished artists as well as live performances of a selection of Vázquez’s creations. The program will include several forums where the audience can listen to scholars address issues pertaining to experimental dance and specifically, Vázquez’s artistic production.

The first panel—Rompeforma—will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00pm, with the participation of choreographer Merián Soto, art critic Nelson Rivera, and Viveca Vázquez, moderated by Susan Homar, UPR professor and dance researcher.

For full article (in Spanish), see


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