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Amelia Uzategui Bonilla (USA/PERU)

Dancer, Choreographer, Project Developer, Educator

Dedicated to arts education, performance, and social justice, Amelia’s performing and teaching combines technical prowess and emotional sensitivity. She has developed a collaborative creative practice in Berlin, Croatia, Argentina, throughout Peru and the United States. In 2013, Amelia founded Rio Danza Comunitaria, a cultural organization dedicated to promoting human integration and environmental consciousness through the arts, based in Lima, Peru. She continues to study with Anna Halprin, and currently teaches for Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is a graduate of both the Juilliard School’s Dance BFA program and the Tamalpa Institute, and on her way to earning a Life/Art Process® Tamalpa Practitioner Certification. She is currently performing her solo performance, "Myth of the Manta.”

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In 2007, I graduated from The Juilliard School's Dance Department (NY) with Scholastic Distinction and received the Inter-Arts Award for leading interdisciplinary social justice and engagement projects in NYC and Peru.

During my time as a free-lance dancer in NYC, I enjoyed working creatively with diverse artists and institutions such as Adam Barruch, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Tino Sehgal, Marina Abramović, the Museo del Barrio, the Guggenheim and the MoMA.

I escaped to Europe between 2009-10 and created conceptual dance and toured with Sodaberg in Germany and Croatia.

In 2010, I followed a reoccurring calling to relocate to Lima, Peru delving into my cultural heritage and collaborating with the local dance community. I have collaborated with artists, arts administrators, and educators in Lima, Tacna, and Cusco from the ballet, contemporary, folklore, urban dance, theater, visual arts and performance art scenes as well as volunteering with numerous community art projects in under-served neighborhoods. I earned my living as a dancer, choreographer, assistant director, dance company teacher, and university-level dance educator.

With a group of like-minded Peruvians, I founded Rio Danza Comunitaria in 2013, a cultural organization dedicated to promoting human integration and environmental consciousness through the arts.

Since 2006, I have organized international exchange programs between dancers and dance educators from North and South America and Peruvian dance communities.

In 2014, I initiated the creative residency project, Somos Quienes Somos, aiming to provide a container for co-creation between diverse dance organizations within Lima.

In 2014-15, I lived in Marin County, California to study intensively at the Tamalpa Institute's training program of Movement-based Expressive Arts Education and Therapy, co-founded by Daria and Anna Halprin. I completed their Level 1 and 2 programs as a Tamalpa ArtWorks Scholarship student and assisted both Daria and Anna in their public workshops. I am currently engaged in my Level 3 project, the final piece to becoming an official Tamalpa Life/Art Practitioner.

I am currently employed as a dance teaching artist and administrator for Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, California. I continue to offer movement workshops and performances in both Spanish and English, internationally. I also collaborate with Bay Area artists as a free-lance performer. I continue to learn from Anna Halprin and the Tamalpa community.

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"Dance moves the essential energy of our being and voices what our bodies need to express. Now is the time to dance and to listen.”

PROJECTS

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Myth of the Manta (2016)

Solo performance. Length - 20 minutes

As a member of a risk-it-all immigrant family, Amelia questions, “Is failure an option?” In this solo dance performance, Bonilla sculpts a heirloom Peruvian manta, traditionally used as a blanket or baby-carrier. The manta’s shape-shifting quality conjures memories of failure, loss, and hope from the performer’s early childhood that she re-stories in movement and poetry.


Photography: Brian Silva

Somos Quienes Somos (2014)

“Somos quienes somos” or "We are who we are," is an integration project directed by Peruvian-American choreographer, Amelia Uzategui. In its debut in Peru 2014, she invited dancers and choreographers from three renowned Limeñan dance companies and schools specialized in folklore, ballet/contemporary dance and urban dance: Adú Proyecto Universal, the Ballet UNMSM and Ángeles D1 Dance. The performance, resulting from this ten-week workshop, demonstrated a process of integration and co-existence confronting the real situations found within Limeñan contemporary society.

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Rio Danza Comunitaria

A cultural organization dedicated to promoting human integration and environmental consciousness through the arts. They have offered performances and workshops to participants of all ages in the cities of Lambayeque, Cusco, and their home, Lima.


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What I do

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Perform

Since 2003, Amelia has specialized her performing path as a contemporary artist. She has collaborated with internationally renowned directors and artists from the dance, theater, and performance art specialties, performing their works in theaters, museums, and non-conventional spaces in the United States, South America, and Europe.

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2016 PERFORMANCE IN ESTATE OF DAVID IRELAND

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Direction: Amie Dowling, Production: 500 Capp Street

DREAM #2, WHEN FIRE VISITS US SAN FRANCISCO, CA Direction: Adrian Arias, Production: Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

2015 Earth / Body / Home SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Direction: Amara Tabor-Smith and Dohee Lee, Production: ODC Theater

95 RITUALS SAN FRANCISCO, CA Direction: inkBoat, Production: Dancers’ Group

BLANK PLACARD DANCE SAN FRANCISCO, CA Choreography by Anna Halprin (1967), Production: The Tamalpa Institute

2014 LOS SAMURAI PROJECT SEATTLE, WA

Invited Dancer for workshop/residency in international project with 3 prodigés of David Zambrano (Viko, Martin Piliponsky, and Elia Mrak) at Velocity Dance Center

2014 Compañía de Danza Itinerante BRAZIL

Principal dancer and collaborator for 7 Historias, premiered within the Festival Internacional de Lima Danza Nueva ICPNA directed by the Brazilian choreographer, Sergio Berto.

2013 Cia D1 Dance de Vania Macias LIMA, PERU

Contemporary and urban dance company member: Festival Internacional de Lima Danza Nueva ICPNA and PURA CALLE, Festival of Urban Arts

FESTIVAL CIUDANZA 2013. BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA Dancer in site-specific piece directed by Martín Piliponsky(prodigé of David Zambrano), presented in public spaces in Buenos Aires.

2012 ALLIN MUNAY / TEATRO MUNCIPAL LIMA, PERU

Dancer and collaborator in new creation, winner of the first "Residencia en Danza" offered by the city of Lima and premiered within the FAEL (Festival de Artes Escénicas de Lima,) directed by Cristina Velarde

SALA DE EMBARQUE / CENTRO CULTURAL DE ESPAÑA LIMA, PERU Dancer and co-author in new creation, winner of the Programa de Apoyo a la Creación Contemporánea e Industrias Culturales y Creativas offered by the Spanish Cultural Center, direction, Marlon Cabellos

2011-12 NIDIA BERMEJO / AGARRATE CATALINA! PERU

Co-staring dancer and actress in "Este Sol es Falso," written and directed by Nidia Bermejo, presented in the FAEL (Festival de Artes Escénicas de Lima) 2012

2010 ISABELLE SCHAD (AL) / BRUNO POCHERON (FR) AREQUIPA y LIMA, PERU

Dancer and translator from English to Spanish for visiting artists directing COMMUNICARE, workshop and creation project funded by the Alianza Francesa and Goethe Institute in Peru.

2009-10 MARINA ABRAMOVIC / THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. NY, NY.

Re-Performer, contracted and trained to perform four of Abramovic's historical works in her retrospective exhibition.

SODABERG BERLIN, ALEMANIA / ZAGREB, CROATIA Dancer and Co-author in new creation: WORK EVERY DAY! participant in Croatia's Dance Week Festival

2009 SULAYMAN AL BASSAM THEATRE / BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC. BROOKLYN, NY.

Contracted dancer for the play: Richard III - An Arab Tragedy

CALPULLI DANZA MEXICANA. NY, NY Dancer in Mexican folklore company participating in their annual national tour.

2008-10 TINO SEHGAL / MUSEO SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM / THE NEW MUSEUM. NY, NY.

Casting Assistant for Kiss and Solo Performer in instead of allowing something to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things.

2008-10 ADAM BARRUCH DANCE NY, NY

Dancer and collaborator in Exiting, a duet presented in the Ailey Citigroup theater, SUNY Purchase, the Bushwick Site Festival, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center

2008 DOCTOR ATOMIC / THE METROPOLITAN OPERA BALLET. NY, NY.

Contracted dancer for contemporary opera directed by Penny Woolcock, choreographed by Andrew Dawson and composed by John Adams.

2003-2007 JUILLIARD DANCE. NY, NY.

Performed in repertory and new works by the following choreographers: Mark Morris, José Limón, Eliot Feld, Susan Marshall, Aszure Barton, Merce Cunningham, Isadora Duncan, Larry Kegwin, among others.

Photography: Guadalupe Segura

Teach

Amelia Uzategui's workshops and classes offer an environment of serious play, inviting participants to have fun and smile while investigating new possibilities for expression in their bodies. She uses key concepts from her education in classical, modern, traditional, popular, and contemporary dance. Participants transform these concepts to create their own movements and practice dancing as individuals, with partners, and as an ensemble. She generates an environment that invites a self-motivated community of all ages and backgrounds.

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2015 LUNA DANCE INSTITUTE BERKELEY, CA

Teaching Artist in Luna’s School and Community Alliances, Studio Lab and MPACT Family Dance programs as well as Studio Lab Coordinator.

2014 - 2015 UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TACNA, PE

Teaching Artist and Student Counselor for service-learning exchange program between university students from USF and a public school in impoverished Tacna, Peru.

2014 Ballet de San Marcos (UNMSM). LIMA, PERU

Taught Company Class (contemporary dance) twice a week for six months.

2012-14 PERFORMING ARTS MAJOR - PUCP. SAN MIGUEL, PERU

Professor for Classical Ballet and Contemporary in the Dance y Theater majors

CONJUNTO NACIONAL DE FOLKLORE DE ESCUELA NACIONAL DE FOLKLORE JOSE MARIA ARGUEDAS. LIMA, PERU

Physical trainer for the company members and assistant director

2012-14 ÁNGELES D1. CHORRILLOS, PERU

Classical Ballet teacher of 100 adolescent scholarship students from an urban dance background

2011-13 ESCUELA NACIONAL SUPERIOR AUTONOMA DE BELLAS ARTES. LIMA, PERU

University professor of the following courses: Teaching Dance Appreciation in the Public School System and Interdisciplinary Spaces

2010-2014 ESPACIO DANZA - Magdalena del Mar, Perú

Self-organized independent training, improvisation, and composition workshops for adolescents and adults of all levels

2009-2010 MARK DEGARMO & DANCERS DYNAMIC FORMS INC. NY, NY.

Dance teaching artist for NYC public schools (K-4th grade) integrating creative dance with literature and the social sciences

2008-2009 YOUNG AT ARTS. BRONXVILLE, NY.

Choreographer for musicals and dance teacher for child and adolescent community arts project

2008 THE ALVIN AILEY SCHOOL. NY, NY.

Contemporary dance and repertory teacher

FIORELLO LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. NY, NY. Choreographer of solos for students in their senior year

2003-2007 ARTISTS STRIVING TO END POVERTY. FLORIDA/NY.

Dance teaching artist and project coordinator

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL. NY, NY. Dance teacher for outreach program: Combining Literacy in Musical Beginnings (CLIMB) for children between 5-10 years.

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Serve

Since 2003, Amelia has collaborated with the following arts-based community projects as a teaching artist, coordinator, and choreographer: Luna Dance Institute (CA), Mark DeGarmo & Dancers Dynamic Forms (New York), Young At Arts (NY), Public Dance Theater (NY, Peru), Artists Striving to End Poverty (NYC and Florida), and The Juilliard School (NY).

Basing her work in Peru since 2010, she helped initiate the international community dance project, Global Water Dances, in Lima, taking on the artistic direction of the project in 2013 bringing together over 150 participants including children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens to share their passion for water issues through dance.

Subsequently, she co-founded RIO Danza Comunitaria, committing herself to projects that link arts education with respect for the environment in an accessible manner for under-served communities in Lima and Cusco.

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2013-14 RIO DANZA COMUNITARIA Lima, Perú

Director and Co-Founder, Rio is an independent organization comprised of collaborating dancers, educators, psychologists, visual artists, filmmakers, and administrators. They have successfully developed the following community dance projects: Global Water Dances Lima, Rio San Cosme, Pasacalles (dance and music parades) through main streets in Lima y Cusco, and Rio Contigo (River, I laugh with you) supported by the Museo de Santo Domingo Qorikancha and World Vision Peru (ONG) in Cusco.

2013 GLOBAL WATER DANCES / DANZA PUCP Lima, Peru

Artistic director. Author of new creation,"Rio," created on 25 student/dancers. Set and rehearsed Global Dance for 100+ participants of all ages and levels of dance experience. www.globalwaterdances.org.

2011 YAKUDANZA Lima, Perú

Assistant to Vannia Ibarguen, developing the Global Water Dances project in Lima, for the first time

2010 FRONTERAS PERÚ. HUARAZ, PERÚ.

Invited teaching artist. The festival, directed by Khosro Adibi, motivates the exchange between international artists through an immersion-teaching program serving the needs of underserved populations in and around Huaraz, Peru.

2005-07 PUBLIC DANCE THEATER PERU/EEUU

Co-founder, dance, and project developer working in NYC: THE GLTB Community Center, Chez Bushwick, Martha's Vineyard Residency, The Juilliard School and directing the following projects in Peru: Inspire - Exchange - Rebuild - Share 2007 in Lima with the contemporary dance school, Andanzas, at PUCP university and Casa Infantil Juvenil de Arte y Cultura (CIJAC) from Villa El Salvador, and Peru Tour 2006: Arequipa, Atalaya, Cusco, Lima. Both projects received support from the Samuel J. Fan Fox Foundation and the Juilliard Summer Grants Program

Photography: Guadalupe Segura

Direct

Since 2005, Amelia has developed projects independently as a director, working also as a choreographer, assistant director, and advisor. Her mostly interdisciplinary projects focus on themes such as interculturalism, integration, immigration, citizenship, and the relationship between the public and the performer.

2016 MYTH OF THE MANTA OAKLAND, CA

Developed and performed solo ritual performance at ODC (San Francisco) and Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica) with supervision from Dohee Lee (Tamalpa Institute)

2014 Somos Quienes Somos Lima, Peru

Integration creative laboratory performed in the ICPNA theater in Downtown Lima

2013 D1 Dance de Vania Macias LIMA, PERU

Directed choreographies for commercial events of private enterprises fusing contemporary and urban dance vocabularies.

2012 ADU PROYECTO UNIVERSAL LIMA, PERU

Assistant Director and Rehearsal Director for dance company directed by Antonio Vílchez. Re-premiered "Sigo Siendo" in the Festival Internacional de Danza Nueva ICPNA Miraflores.

2011 GRUPO RE LIMA, PERU

Director, Dancer, and Administrator for project dedicated to investigating dance and performance rituals in public parks, sidewalks, and bike lines. Performed and developed with the following institutions: ICPNA Miraflores, Centro Cultural de España, Espacio El Galpón, Municipality of Lima, the Universidad de Lima, and the Maria Reiche Park in Miraflores.

2010-12 HOW WOULD YOU TITLE THIS PIECE?/(PROD) ESPEJO REFLEJO Lima, PERU

Author and performer in solo show. Performed in the Universidad de Lima, ICPNA Miraflores and Agárrate Catalina!

Videos


interview regarding Somos Quienes Somos






Somos Quienes Somos






leading role in 7 Historias in the Festival Internacional de Lima Danza Nueva






trailer for Danza Mundial del Agua 2013



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