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crystal sepúlveda (Spring 2020)
Visiting Lecturer

crystal sepúlveda is a dance artist working collaboratively to compose video, movement, and sound for live performance and installation. Recent collaborations that exemplify sepúlveda’s dance-making and interdisciplinary approach include Bodyscape (2015), the river knows (2016), Ch’u Mayaa (2017). These collaborative works in addition to her solo durational performances are often tied to site-specific and site-sensitive manifestations that activate emergent notions of identity, healing, self-determination, and place-making from a Puerto Rican diaspora, post-Huracán María, anti-colonial positionality. Becoming a mother to naíri azul has inspired works such as Rooting Within (2019) commissioned by HomeLA and Fulcrum Arts, and Remedios (2019). Published in WE SPOKE, “maría, naíri, and i” and ” Instructions Provided by a Mother’s Intuition Postpartum” (2019) are writings/dance scores on becoming a mother and desires for a viable world in the face of environmental disasters and injustices.

sepúlveda’s work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Riverside Art Museum, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Various institutions and performance spaces have featured sepúlveda’s solo and collaborative work including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and CUNY Graduate Center Department of Music (New York); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, HomeLA, Highways Performance Space, Human Resources LA, The Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles); The LAB (San Francisco); Center of Music and Audio Technologies (Berkeley); CEART Tijuana and El Centro Cultural (Tijuana, MX); dança em foco Festival International (Rio de Janeiro, BR); Lake Studios Berlin (Berlin, DE); Centre Dürrenmatt (Neuchâtel, CH) and at Musée des beaux-arts (Le Locle, CH). Artist residencies that have supported developments of work in progress are the Luxor Factory (Switzerland), Milkbar (Oakland), Riverside Art Museum, Culver Arts Residency Lab (Riverside), and the Visual and Performing Arts Department at California State University San Marcos.

An alum of the Department of Dance at the University of California Riverside holding a Master’s in Fine Arts in Experimental Choreography, sepúlveda is delighted to return and join the dance faculty as a Visiting Lecturer during Spring Quarter 2020. sepúlveda is also the Artistic Director of Spring/Forward 2020: Dancing Rituals Alone & Together During Uncertain Times, a culminating undergraduate dance-making performance event featuring works developed by students enrolled in sepúlveda’s composition course. Previous courses taught in higher education cover dance composition, improvisation, interdisciplinary approaches to choreography and contemporary practices. Sepúlveda has held faculty positions in dance departments at La Universidad de Sagrado Corazon, Mt. San Jacinto College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, the University of California at Riverside, and California State University San Marcos. For more info visit