Created and performed by Alicia Díaz. Presented in the 2014 MFA Dance Showing at The George Washington University.
I am interested in creating a new body of work that integrates autobiographical memory, storytelling, movement, and performance and that deals with themes of identity, history, and racial politics. As a Puerto Rican woman, raised both in Puerto Rico and in the United States, I am part of the larger Puerto Rican migration experience. My life story is, by definition, tied to the larger story of American colonialism and the complex relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. I am interested in exploring this cultural and political landscape through the artistic investigation of embodied experiences in my life and through stories of my family history. As such, this project deals with memory, history, and the making of identity.
This vignette arose out of a durational movement practice exploring my personal life timeline. The time period that spoke to me most during this investigation was when I migrated to the United States at age 12. I did not speak English and was faced with racial politics that challenged me to define myself in a context that was bitterly divided between white and black children. Negotiating this new world marked me as a person and defined my understanding of self in the United States.