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“ingeniously crafted…poignant…hilarious” — The Los Angeles Times

SuarezDanceTheater examines the unexpected –creating dance-theater in unexpected places with unexpected people about unexpected subjects. The Company is dedicated to publicly engage communities with their work creating participatory experiences all over Los Angeles. They specialize in working with constituencies that normally would not experience dance-theater. They passionately foster new communities through the act of moving and creating together where individuals can connect with their bodies, each other and find their own expressivity. The Company customizes their activities based on the needs of each community. The work happens in theaters, houses, classrooms, parks, churches, galleries, sidewalks, and beaches. SuarezDanceTheater collaborators include multi-generational performers, designers and musicians along with parents, children, veterans, health care workers, high school students and teen mothers.

Founded in 2003 by Christine Suarez, SuarezDanceTheater is a Santa Monica-based ensemble.  Influenced by her work with playwrights like Athol Fugard, Christine brings a passion for storytelling that enriches her dance projects with compelling narratives. Drawing on subjects and settings as diverse as Cajun Louisiana, South African apartheid, motherhood, skateboarding and female orgasm, her pieces are marked by irreverent humor, poetic visual imagery and a decisively feminist perspective. Each new SuarezDanceTheater project evidences Christine’s faith in the collaborative process and her belief that its generosity creates an intimate, shared space with the viewer.

They believe that the creative process is transformative experience – creating a community that did not exist before. They enter the process with curiosity and rigor. The goal is to merge innovative movement, honest storytelling, academic scholarship and community activism.

Since inception SuarezDanceTheater has produced fourteen evening-length dance-theater works, numerous site-specific and community events, close to a dozen dances for the theater and film, along with teaching, creating and performing dance-theater at 20+ school sites all over the U.S. In the past 14 years, SuarezDanceTheater’s work has been presented in over 50 different theaters in fifteen different cities. For booking information please contact them for further information.

They have participated in New York dance festivals such as P.S. 122’s Avant-garde-arama, Danspace Project’s DraftWork series, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix at Joyce SoHo, and HERE’s American Living Room Festival.  The company has also performed in New York at Movement Research at Judson Church, Williamsburg Art neXus, Dixon Place, and The Flea Theater. Christine and Company were Artists in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center from 2003-2006. Most recently Christine and company have been Artists in Residence with New York-based Spark and Echo Arts, Studio Artist in Residence at 1450 Ocean/Camera Obscura in Santa Monica, CA and most recently was an Artist in Residence at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz, CA.  In Los Angeles, choreography has been presented at REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Anatomy Riot and Highways Performance Space. The group has toured to over a dozen cities nationally and internationally including Motion Pacific (Santa Cruz, CA), The Garage (San Francisco, CA), The Kanuti Theater (Tallinn, Estonia) and the Schwartz Center at Emory University (Atlanta, GA).

SuarezDanceTheater has extensive support from individual donors in addition to receiving grants from Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Flourish Foundation the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation Ltd., The Meet the Composer Fund, the Sarah K. deCoizart Charitable Trust, the Association for Hispanic Arts, JP Morgan Chase Regrant, The Lehman Brothers Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation’s Cultural Matching Gift Program, the Field, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, and UCLA Hothouse rehearsal residency. They have loyal, on-going support from individual donors. Without their support all this creative work would not be possible.