History and Mission Piñata dances began in my MFA thesis performance at Dance Mission Theater as the multi-media “fiesta” section of Maclovia’s Birds, 2011. The following year, I decided to research the origins of the Piñata and I discoverd a rich history that began to take on a life of its own proceeding to found my company name, The Piñata Dance Collective.
Highlighting the ending of the Mayan Syncronometer, confronting our modern impingement on the environment, exploring borders and fences in site specific locations, sharing immigration stories, diving into mixed race identity, and breaking open lost meanings of a re-appropriated Piñata ritual, our Piñata Dances were performed in several venues with several interpretations in 2012. Like the Piñata, we haven’t stopped re-creating and deconstructing. In 2014, I created a piece with 14 dancers in Guadalajara MX, and now Piñata is co-presenting the annual ¡FLACC! Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers in San Francisco.
Piñata deconstructions 2011-2015:
- Maclovias Birds: Inspirados Por El Arte de Mi Abuelita 2011
- Winter showcase at Dance Mission Theater- Piñata draft 2012
- Dissilience Woman’s Art Show curated by Su Pang at Workspace Limited 2012
- Green Valley Village intentional community farm with Afia Walking Tree and Malachi Roth 2012
- Mixed Blended and Whole- “Una Media Luna” Solo at The Garage, SF, Ca. 2012
- Duet with Diana Lara “Choreographed Disasters and Natural Events”, The OFFCENTER, SF. 2012
- Piñata Breakthrough performance lab at Kunst-Stoff Arts 2013
- Hummingbird on the Left– Central Valley Dance Festival, Fresno, Ca. Nov. 2013
- CSUEB Student Show- Piñata “What you perceive is not my reality” 2014
- Piñata Ritual Performance Benefit- Shawl Anderson Dance Center, May, 2014 (read the interview)
- Temporario Contemporánea– Guadalajara Mexico, May, 2014 (read the review )
- Illusion Show- Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SFMay 2015
- Dos Colibris– Galaria Ajolote, Guadalajara, MX, June 2015
- Broken- Multi-Media Performance. SafeHouse Arts, SF, August 15,16, 2015
- Fragmentos- Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SF. Sept. 2015
During my residency at THEOFFCENTER, SF., Ca., 2012, I offered a workshop titled “Life Art and Choreography” blending performance techniques with the Tamalpa Life-Art Process. We also produced a Multi-Media dance ritual performance titled “Piñata 2012, Choreographed Disasters and Natural Events” with an ensemble of 6 international female artists out in nature for video and on stage at THEOFFCENTER… see video below.