Associate Professor

Luis Lara Malvacías is a Venezuelan choreographer and trans-disciplinary artist. His body of work has focused on ideas of transformation, multiplicity, authorship and the role of the audience in dance performance. His projects explore the interaction between dance, design, videos, installations, sound, new media and the visual arts, questioning preconceived ideas of choreography and modes of production and presentation. He has presented his work in New York since 1995 and has performed worldwide, from conventional venues to galleries and more unconventional spaces. Current projects include the creation of 26 collaborative duets (A-Z) with his partner Jeremy Nelson. Using significant signposts connected with life and aging, these duets look into issues surrounding mature dance makers and inquiring into the relationship of the body thinking, the body processing, the body making, and the body performing.

In 2003 he created 3RD CLASS CITIZEN, a collective initially comprising Latino artists living in NYC, which has become a platform for the NOT FESTIVAL – a nomadic and kaleidoscopic conceptual artistic object, embracing ideas of cross-cultural and global artistic collaboration. Instalación Sur from 2001 and Channel Sur from 2005are two of his several cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary projects involving collaboration with local artists in countries in Central and South America.

He was granted a two year scholarship from the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura, Venezuela to continue his studies and research in dance and choreography in New York City. He is a graduate of the Institute Superior de Danza in Caracas, Venezuela and holds a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in New Media from Donau University Krems, Austria in cooperation with Transart Institute (NY, Berlin).

Between 1998/1999 and 2002/2003 he was a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2006 DNA Artist-in-Residence. Among others, he has received funding from the MAP Rockefeller Funds, the Jerome Foundation and Arts International and is the recipient of a 2006 NYFA Fellowship for choreography. He performed with the company of John Jasperse, winning theGroup Performance Award at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet in Paris in 1996.

Other activities include teaching, creating and presenting work in several colleges and institutions in the USA as well as in countries in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. His choreographic work is presented now under Luis Lara Malvacías/3RD CLASS CITIZEN.

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