Performance: Herón – DIRE

Thursday, April 22 @ 6:00 pm CST
Monday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm CST
Wednesday, April 28 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreographer & Performer: Cecilia Durán
Company: D I R E
Camera: Bertha Elvia Partida Medrano

Artist’s Statement: Héron, fr.; Garza, spa.; Heron; eng. This 4 min. scored improvisation embodies a practice I`ve developed during this quarantine months from my personal improvisation inquiries, as well as from the practice of the Loop it all method created by César Alvarado (CR). In this practice, I´ve come to inhabit diferent spaces, be it inside or outside spaces and ask my self some questions in which the Loop it all method is fundamented like, What am I seeing?, What am I hearing?, How do I interact with this? or, Do I like it? Translating this to my own personal practice, I take it into a full sensed experience; What do I smell or touch? or, How do my emotions interact with this space? Dance for me is a full sensed experience, and if you ask me how do we come to elicit connection between each other, between organisms, and across ecosystems, well, moving consciously through the senses is a good place to start. How would you sense or feel like moving like a heron?


Cecilia Durán holds a B.A. in Dance with Honors (Cum Laude) by Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico. Academic Exchange Student at the University of Utah School of Dance Modern Dance Department, where she was also part of the Performing Dance Company (Fall 2019). Director of D I R E, creation and research project focused on the scenic arts and the arts of movement. D I R E focuses on the creation of in common territories through the physical imagination on movement, on challenging perspectives and facilitating spaces of empathy, by working on pedagogigal projects such as Navigating Machines; Modern Dance for Children, and projects for the collaborative creation and production of scenic narratives for conventional theatre spaces, alternative spaces and film works. Her choreographic work has mostly been presented in the center region of Mexico in venues such as the Encounter for Student Creation and Reflexion of the Mexican Dance Academy 2019 and A corazón descubierto 2021 (CDMX).

Creation and research project focused on the scenic arts and the arts of movement. D I R E´s work focuses on the creation of in common territories through the physical imagination on movement, on challenging perspectives and facilitating empathy spaces, by working on pedagogigal projects such as Navigating MachinesModern Dance for Children, and projects for the collaborative creation and production of scenic narratives por conventional theatre spaces, alternative spaces and film works. Since 2018, DIRE has gathered with artists from different artistic disciplines and from different states of Mexico, as well as maintained collaboration with artists from countries such as the United States and Costa Rica.

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