We are an interdisciplinary and international arts collective. We are committed to our communities and are constantly makingroom for co-creation, for researching the intersection points shared by our disciplines and looking for their expanding possibilities. CBC consists of 6 women:dancers, teachers, choreographers, musicians, visual artists and a videographer and documentalist. We come together from different cities in México and the United States to work with what we can reach out to: our stories, the stories of the body and the stories of the places that we come from and to those to where we travel. Our mission is to weave communities between borders through the art of movement.
Somos un colectivo internacional de arte interdisciplinario que está comprometido con la comunidad y constantemente generando espacios para la co – creación y la investigación de los puntos de intersección y las posibilidades expansivas de nuestras disciplinas. CBC lo conformamos seis mujeres: bailarinas, docentes, coreógrafas, músicas, artistas plásticas y videoastas. Convergemos desde distintas ciudades de México y Estados Unidos para trabajar con lo que está a nuestro alcance: nuestras historias, las del cuerpo y las de los lugares a los que vamos y de los que venimos. Nuestra misión es tejer comunidades entre fronteras a través del arte del movimiento.
She is an Independent Dance Artist and Educator, Alexander Technique Teacher, and Nordic Ski Instructor. Her passion for movement and performance began at a young age, and continues to lead her in unpredictable and wondrous directions.
She has collaborated, choreographed, performed, taught and apprenticed with a wide and wonderful assortment of dance companies and artists throughout the world. While living in Athens, GA (2000-2009), she co-founded/directed Floorspace Movement Arts Center, where she curated The Handful Series and hosted numerous dance workshops and performances. She also worked as an adjunct professor in the Dance Departments at University of Georgia and Emory University.
Julie has been making solo and group work since she was a high school student at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Most recently, she directed ANIMAL, which premiered in September 2013 at Skwhirlhaus in Atlanta, Georgia. ANIMAL, chapter 2, had its premiere at Performática in Cholula, Mexico in April 2014. Her latest solo, RUST, premiered at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) in March 2015.
Her current projects are MAPS (Making And Performing a Solo) for 100 Dancers, a worldwide choreography project; and Chicken Bank Collective, an international collective of visual and performing artists whose aim is to weave communities across borders through the art of movement.
Julie currently resides in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her husband, 2 teenage sons and their pup, Olive.
She began investigating dance and movement performance at North Carolina School of the Arts in 1988. Since then Zap has traveled often, splitting time between performance, teaching, visual arts and direct environmental activism in: Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and CA, NYC, ID, NC, VA, CO (USA). Zap has been involved with the Zen Monkey Project (ZMP) since 1995 performing/teaching/stage-managing/producing/directing evening-length pieces. She facilitated: New Dance Space and co-facilitated Studio 11 at the McGuffey Art Center, organized performance festivals and ZMP’s summer dance intensives. She is also a visual artist who prints cartoon books, paints, makes murals, sculpture and builds performance installation sets that also include lights and costumes. Zap has been a main organizer for many large-scale community endeavors. Zap was a full time core teacher at the Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts, an alternative high school in Charlottesville, VA, for almost a decade.
Since 2008, Zap has split her time between Mexico and USA. Mexico: returning guest teacher: UDLAP; creating work with students/local dancers, taught workshops/classes/performed/presented work in Performatica (an international dance festival) 2007-2014, core collaborator: Ofrenda en Movimient (by Denisse Cardenas), muralist: Ciudad Mural Project (by Collectivo Tomate) USA: 8 art shows (NC/VA/CO), Live Arts Dance Festival, created INVISIBLE SPINES (in Mexico) premiered at Grand Opening: Dogtown Dance Theater (VA), technical director: Tevyn East’s Leaps and Bounds (an Affording Hope Project) USA tour/project manager of Film, mural: Mary’s Gourmet Diner (NC), dancer: Karl Frost’s Body of Knowledge (CA), artistic director/producer: The UNEARTHING; an international site-specific dance performance/educational event (Charlottesville, VA/Mexico), Guest designer: Mad Women Project (VA), assistant director: ANIMAL by Julie Rothschild (Skwirlhaus, Atlanta, GA/Mexico), designed/constructed architectural details: music/dance studios (VA), co-teaching with Julie Rothschild The Practice of Making (CO/VA), received 2 consecutive Scholarships: Penland, created @hand productions/co-founded CHICKEN BANK COLLECTIVE; an international interdisciplinary art collective/created her new art studio: CABIN (NC).
Born in San Cristóbal de las Casas, 1981.
Documentary filmmaker. Her work weaves in different narrative forms that crossover the film essay, found footage, an anthropological perspective and dance for screen; searching for a creative and expanded use of audiovisual language. “The dance of memory” is her first feature documentary as a director, which awarded her with the Fund for Quality Cinematography by the mexican institute of cinematography. The film has been awarded by the most recognized film festivals in Mexico and its been considered by the mexican critics as part of the top ten best documentary films in 2014. She studied a master in Creative documentary in Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and has been benefitted twice by Fund for Culture fo the Arts in Mexico (FONCA) and the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA). She also obtained the Fellowship award FICG-Flaherty Seminar in 2014 and the first prize at the International Biennial of Video Art an Animation of Puebla with a short film titled “Hermosa danza de la resistencia”. Currently she is working in a new doumentary project.
Dancer, teacher, coreographer and somatic movement practitioner, was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. She grew up in México City where she began her dance and artistic studies at an early age. Graduated with a BFA in 2008 from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Her dance background has been defined by improvisation and different somatic practices, primarily Body Mind Centering , the Humphrey-Limón technique and philosophy, Release technique, and ballet (Cuban style).
In the past seven years, she has collaborated with the american artist Zap McConnell director @Hand Productions in various multidisciplinary projects in México and the United States, which included community work and social and environmental awareness, being The Unearthing a grand productions and with an important impact in Charlottesville's community. Since 2000, she has also performed with several groups and companies based in México City and Puebla such as CODACO, Cava-Parker Dance, Sunny Savoy Dance Company, Colectivo 2Z, Malva Danza, Dharma Danza, and collaborated with other independent artist such as Ray E. Schwartz, Julie Rothschild, Paola de la Concha, Lourdes Roth, Cinthia Pérez Navarro, Gabriela Carrera, Anibal Castellan, Amira Ramírez, documentalist and videographer Gabriela D. Ruvalcaba, musicians Diego and Arcadio M. Lanz, photographer Ana Paula M. Lanz, among others.
Constantly questioning the concept of identity, the boundaries between art and life, the relationship between individuals and their interaction within a specific context, and dance improvisation as a process that constantly redefines itself and the implicated relationships, her main focus in the past years has been deeply influenced by a somatic practice and the principles of Narrative Therapy. She has worked as a teacher at the dance faculty at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Academia de la Danza Mexicana (INBA), Academia de San Carlos (Art and Design Faculty) and movement facilitator through massage therapy and body awareness experiences.
She is currently finishing her certification as somatic movement educator at Body Mind Movement México, with mentors Mark C. Taylor and Ray E. Schwartz.
Denisse has been awarded with several grants: from FONCA, CONACULTA, the American Dance Festival, the Limón Institute in NYC, the Centro de Investigación y Estudio de Técnicas y Lenguajes Corporales in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Los Talleres in México City.
From mexican parents, she was born in Houston, USA in 1981. He spent most of his childhood in the United States, where he studied singing in the choir of BROOK FOREST, in Chicago Illinois. Then he returns during adolescence, the country of his blood, Mexico.
She graduated with a degree in architecture at the UDLAP, where he also earned the Certificate in Contemporary Dance since then has been involved in dance, music and singing. In 2013 he begins to form with private singing lessons in Cholula, Buenos Aires and Mexico DF her stage name, SUCÚLIMA (sacred gourd), the tribe receives Wixarica to be recognized as a singer by his Indian master Tao.
Her work has kept in artistic projects dedicated to the values f social and environmental justice, where she has participated in various musical, audiovisual, muralist and theatrical productions starring in singing and contemporary dance in Mexico and the United States in the works: The unearthing (2011 - 2012) led by Zap McConnell, Carnival of Resistance (2013) directed by Tevyn East and Alice in the house Canta (2013) directed by COLLECTIVE TOMATO.
She is co –fundadora the COLLECTIVE TOMATO, multidisciplinary group holding CITY WALL (shared mural) project currently active member of the Collective Bank Chicken.
She is a student Isolation singing (opera singer of Paris) and Jaranera three years. From her home, Cholula, begins its flowering in the composition and interpretation of songs lined up to defend the land values, social justice and the rights of women and indigenous people. Her voice, a mix of Jazz, Blues, and Son Jarocho. Her music and movement returns her to México, with the commitment to the disadvantaged in society to provide a song for his country, with the intention of peace and the possibility of a different Mexico.
Mexican dancer, teacher and independent stage creator.
Her interest is focused on improvisational, somatic and movement practices, which intertwine to nourish and broaden our creative, body and dance skills. Its work is sustained by the promotion of a stronger sense of community and the goal of generating a creative, free and integrated space in the performing arts.
Graduated from a Dance Degree at UDLAP, Cholula, Mexico.
She has been trained in Classical Ballet under the tutelage of Pedro Beiro and Bertha Gómez, in Contemporary Dance and Somatic Practice by Ray Eliot Schwartz, Mayra Morales and Francisco Carrera, in Contact Improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, Martin Keogh, Karl Frost, in Flying Low with David Zambrano and Karen de Luna Fors, and in Theater PlayBack with Carlos Camarillo in collaboration with the Colectivo de Artes de Participacion ProAgrupa.
She currently lives in the city of Puebla, and coursing the second year of the Body Mind Movement Formation as a Somatic Educator in Mexico City. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Chicken Bank Collective, with whom she collaborates in the creation, management and production of artistic residences and staging. Nonetheless, she teaches creative dance classes for children, contemporary dance, somatic practice and contact improvisation in areas such as Danzenika, Aku Yoga Dance Center, Sisti Dance Place A.C. And the Centro Cultural Segundo Piso, where he is also a member of the Proyecto Segundo Piso.
Finally, she is an ambassador in Puebla society, managing the community of Improvisación de Contacto Puebla, through regular sessions, outdoor sessions, intensive workshops and JAM's for free practice.