New York—Transart congratulates Jeca Rodríguez-Colón (MFA 2014), recently named 2014 Dance-Theater Residency Recipient at The Loisaida Center.
For the next three months, Rodríguez-Colón will develop a dance-theater piece that extrapolates the invasion of a country to unwelcome intrusions into womanhood. Through choreography including movement phrases and intermittent dialogue with the audience, Rodríguez-Colón will create a performance that examines the ways in which invading a country affects its female sexed or gendered inhabitants, those who are most likely to be oppressed by lack of education; physical, sexual and emotional abuse; and maternal histories.
Jeca Rodríguez-Colón is a New York-based Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist with over 12 years of experience as a dancer and choreographer. Her artistic practice includes performance and video and explores maternal kinesthetic language and the politics that surround it. Rodríguez-Colón is a 2013 alumna of the EmergeNYC program at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics; and, as such, is currently participating in The EmergeLab@BAX, a laboratory for artistic development at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Her recent work includes Manifest Collective Movement, a street intervention in collaboration with Mette Loulou von Kohl, as well as Sneak into My Maternal Chaos and Desde Adentro, an installation and performance piece, respectively, presented in Berlin in August 2014. Trained under the tutelage of Petra Bravo and Viveca Vázquez in Puerto Rico, Rodríguez-Colón earned a BA in Dance as well as Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Hunter College in New York before matriculating at Transart.
Founded in the mid-1970s, Loisaida, Inc. is a grassroots local development corporation addressing economic and social disenfranchisement of Puerto Rican, Latino and other minority residents of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York through employment and training programs, comprehensive youth development initiatives, and neighborhood revitalization activities.
Jeca Rodríguez-Colón: 2014 Dance-Theater Residency Recipient
The Loisaida Center: 710 E 9th St New York, NY 10009
through December 20, 2014
Final presentation: January 8, 2015