Rosie Herrera

Rosie Herrera is a Cuban-American dancer and choreographer, and the artistic director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater in Miami. She graduated from New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance. She is the recipient of numerous dance fellowships, including a Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship and a U. S. Artists Sarah Arison Choreographic Fellowship, and her work has been commissioned by organizations including the Miami Light Project, the Ballet Hispanico, Moving Ground Dance Theater, Houston Met Dance, New World Symphony, and the American Dance Festival. Rosie is also a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano who performs with the Performers Music Institute Opera Ensemble. She has collaborated with filmmakers Adam Reign, Lucas Leyva, George Echevarria and Clyde Scott to create original short films and music videos.

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Negotiating Surrender: Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre

In my process as a choreo­grapher, usually the image comes first: a spinning white plate, an underwater queen, a weeping bounce house, spaghetti hair. When constructing and deconstructing that image in the studio, I practice a sort of radical presence encompassing my body, my spirit, and the image. I aim at breaking open the symbolism in a way that might reveal something about the human condition. That research recycles back into my body and distills into a kernel of physical information that I use as a psychic barometer to navigate a more lengthy research period. The more time I have in this state, the more I am able to articulate tasks that I feel will guide the dancers toward surrender.

The photographs and notes shown here document this process through three works: Tropical Depression, a work in progress set to premiere in May 2019 at Miami Dade Live Arts; Carne Viva, first shown at the American Dance Festival (ADF) in 2016; and Make Believe, first shown at ADF in 2018.