Dora Arreola - Mujeres en Ritual Danza Teatro

DORA ARREOLA - Director, Performer, Teacher - WORK SAMPLES (2005-2012)

This video includes photos and audio samples from various projects in which Dora Arreola, Founder & Artistic Director of Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, is a lead artist.

"Fronteras Desviadas/Deviant Borders" (2005-06) is a Mujeres en Ritual production, co-created with Andrea Assaf, through a community-based process on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border, with support from Contacto Cultural (the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture, 2004).

"Yo, Rumores Silencio" (2009 & 2012) is a multi-year work-in-progress excerpted from "Telares (o, el olvido)" by Fabiola Ruiz; this sample shows the techniques Arreola is exploring as a performer, and her methodology of creating physical actions rooted in Mexican rituals.

"Outside the Circle" (2012) is a bi-national, bilingual collaboration between Mujeres en Ritual and Art2Action Inc., co-written by Andrea Assaf & Samuel Valdez, and directed by Dora Arreola. Commissioned by the National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund (2011), Pangea World Theater, the Esperanza Center for Justice & Peace, and El Centro Su Teatro; with additional support from NALAC (2010 NFA, Samuel Valdez), and United States Artists; currently touring!!

The photos of the Laboratorio de Teatro Tijuana show early site-specific and studio explorations (at La Laguna Salada, and UABC in Baja California, Mexico) on the issue of disappearances and deaths of migrants; a precursor to the process of creating "Antigona en la Frontera" (forthcoming, 2013).

The end of the video also includes photos of Arreola teaching in Poland, at the Grotowski Institute, during the "Meetings with Remarkable Women" project, organized by Virginie Magnat as part of the 2009 Year of Grotowski, declared by UNESCO.

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Dora Arreola - Mujeres en Ritual Danza Teatro

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Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro--based in Tijuana, México and Tampa, Florida--is an all-women ensemble of dancers and actresses from México and the U.S., founded in 1999 by Dora Arreola to investigate techniques of the body. Our artistic practice is in…

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Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro--based in Tijuana, México and Tampa, Florida--is an all-women ensemble of dancers and actresses from México and the U.S., founded in 1999 by Dora Arreola to investigate techniques of the body. Our artistic practice is in constant transformation, continually crossing boundaries and breaking paradigms. For us, making performance is a collaborative and critical process, to develop interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and syncretic work. Artistic Director Dora Arreola has developed our unique physical training process, drawing from diverse techniques: Grotowski’s physical actions (Objective Drama and Art as a Vehicle phases), Butoh’s body poetics, Suzuki’s precision, and ritual structures from traditions of México. We are always searching for acts of libratory transgression, and the experience of transformation.

The company creates original performances from the expressive needs, levels of experience or ability, cultural/historical and personal experiences of the ensemble and community members. We explore issues of gender and communities in crisis through performances, classes and workshops; we aim to establish the presence and voices of women in the public sphere, particularly in the border region of México and the United States.

Mujeres en Ritual has toured in México, the United States, Canada, Nicaragua and Poland, receiving numerous commissions and invitations to international festivals. We have created eight full-length works to date: Mujeres en Ritual, our premiere project; El Sueño de Sor Juana by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; Perfecto Luna by Elena Garro; devised dance-theatre works Rios de Ofelia, De Granadas Mi Vida, and Leonidas; Fronteras Desviadas/Deviant Borders (see above); Aqui deberia estar tu nombre/Here Should Be Your Name, based on the writings of Noe Carrillo, a Tijuana poet who disappeared in 2003; Outside the Circle, a collaboration with Art2Action; and "Yo, Rumores Silencio"/Telares, o el olvido by Fabiola Ruiz (currently in-progress).


DORA ARREOLA is the founding Artistic Director of Mujeres en Ritual Danza Teatro. She has more than 25 years of professional experience as a theatre and dance artist. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She took part in Grotowski's Objective Drama Project at the University of California-Irvine in 1987, and was a participant at Grotowski's Workcenter in Pontedera, Italy until 1989. Arreola went on to pursue Suzuki training, contemporary dance and Butoh. She is as a performer, teacher, director and movement specialist. She received her MFA in Directing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2009.

Arreola has directed more than 30 productions, often featured in diverse international festivals, such as I, Rumores Silencio, at the 2009 Meetings with Remarkable Women Festival at the Grotowski Institute in Poland. She choreographed and performed Versalii Icones at Judson Church in NYC (2009); directed Cherrie Moraga's The Hungry Woman and Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid at UMass-Amherst, and Ananya Dance Theater's Daak at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis (2008); co-created, directed and performed in Fronteras Desviadas/ Deviant Borders which toured in Mexico, USA, Nicaragua and Canada; and created El Sueño de Sor Juana, presented at the 2003 NY International Fringe Festival; and directed Perfecto Luna at the 2001 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Arreola has taught workshops and master classes at various universities and cultural institutions including: the Grotowski Institute (Poland), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst College, University of Minnesota, California State University-San Marcos, University of Baja California, California Center for the Arts, and Smith College. She has received grants and commissions from the Ford Foundation, Cultural Contact (US-Mexico Fund for Culture), Fideicomiso para la Cultura de Mexico y Estados Unidos, the National Performance Network, and more. She was a key collaborator on a bi-national theater project supported by the Animating Democracy Initiative (2000-03).

Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro is a resident company of Art2Action Inc. Dora Arreola is also a founding Collective Member of Art2Action.

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