Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts
Christine Suarez choreographs and performs in The Mothers I know and maybe you know too, a solo and self-portrait of her own transition into motherhood. Her words punctuate moments that range from mundane observations to profound surrenders. Her movement both devours space and rigorously spirals in on itself. With The Mothers I know and maybe you know too Suarez reveals a personal narrative that sheds light on the absurd and poetic life of a mother.
In 1998 I founded SuarezDanceTheater, a New York-based not-for-profit, ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians that were committed to collaboratively creating original dance-theater that is rooted in rigorous dancing and compelling narrative. Since relocating to Los Angeles, I have been invigorated by making dances in unexpected places as an independent choreographer. Each new project evidences my faith in the collaborative process and belief that this generosity spills out to create an intimate and shared space with the viewer. I am committed to finding new ways to see and experience dance in particular bringing dance to public spaces. I want to not only push the boundaries of how we experience dance but also what are we experiencing, in essence loosening the confines of the container that dance inhabits.
Christine Suarez is a Los Angeles-based performer, choreographer and educator. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she lived and worked in New York City for twelve years: training, performing and creating new work for dance and theater in and with downtown venues and artists. Her choreography has been presented at various venues including P.S. 122, Dancespace Project and HERE in New York and Anatomy Riot, REDCAT, and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles. She was an Artist in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center from 2003-2006. Touring work includes performances and residencies in Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana and Tallinn, Estonia. She has been awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Puffin Foundation, Meet the Composer, JP Morgan Chase Regrant, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She has been a guest teacher at Emory University, Indiana University, Southeastern University of Louisiana and Louisiana State University. She holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Department and a BA in Theater and English Literature from Emory University. She is currently developing a dance program at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital and making a series of dance that will be performed in Los Angeles area parks and playgrounds.