SDDT Spring Guest Series

Felix Cruz: Workshop and Performance

Presented by San Diego Dance Theater

White Box Live Arts
Arts District Liberty Station

2590 Truxtun Road, Second Floor

Sunday - Thursday, June 4 - 8, 10-11:30 am - WORKSHOP
$20 per class or class card

Thursday, June 8, 7:30 pm - PERFORMANCE
Tickets: $20


Class Description
In a dance class, I am interested in exploring the full circumduction of the spine and how the spine initiates, supports, and protects the body while moving.  Realizing current movement aesthetics and trends, it seems a disconnection from Bartenieff Fundamentals is occurring.  Moreover, the physical ideologies of codified techniques seem to be dissipating with the current contemporary trends.  Through a Post-Modern Contemporary class, I lead the dancers in improvisational and technical exercises that promote a more heightened sense of where movement is coming from.  Utilizing my experiences with codified techniques—such as Limon, Cunningham, and Horton—integrated with LMA/Bartenieff Fundamentals is where I find the basis of my pedagogical content and knowledge.     
Phoenix-based dance artist Félix Cruz was awarded a week-long space grant in the White Box; an initiative intended to foster the incubation of budding artistic ideas. Over the course of five days, Félix will have space to rehearse at White Box Live Arts to develop new choreographic material with local community dancers selected from his first master class on Sunday, June 4th at 10am. The process will culminate in a showing of the work created on Thursday, June 8th.  
Artist Statement
As a queer dance artist, it is my responsibility to create work that transgresses heteronormative standards.  While acknowledging my western concert dance upbringing, I search for ways to make gender, race, and sexuality fluid.  Creating ways all bodies can move, create, and coexist together is the ultimate goal. 
Through my practice-based research, I am curious in physically dissecting the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.  Through collaborative platforms and approaches, my creative work lays on a foundation of communal minds.  By this, I mean, I am interested in also creating collaborative work that strengthens the community while still respecting our differences.  Utilizing popular culture is the crux of my practice-based research as well.  Fully embodying the social construction of popular culture to create kinesthetic empathy is the most intriguing possibility to me as a dance artist.  I believe the more we can allow ourselves to acknowledge the social construction popular culture has on us, the more we can create effective art that transgresses hetero-patriarchal systems.         
I work this way to give voices to the queerly oppressed.  As Madonna once said “If I can't be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don't really see the point of being on this planet.”  I wish to create an artistic practice that gives room for queer and daring voices to be heard. 

Felix Cruz received their BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.  After completing their undergraduate studies, Cruz began to tour nationally and internationally with choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones for the revival of Houston-Jones’s piece THEM.  In the three years Cruz worked with Houston-Jones, their artistic voice began to manifest into dance pieces Cruz presented in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Baltimore.  During this time, Cruz began to realize their passions for teaching dance and creating dance works; which ultimately lead them to their current MFA in Dance candidacy at Arizona State University.  Since Cruz began graduate school, they have presented work throughout the Phoenix area, as well as Vienna, Austria when they attended Impulstanz in 2015.  The manifestation of Cruz’s experiences can be found in their dance collective, CRUZ CONTROL COLLECTIVE.  As the artistic director, Cruz intends to create work that is a social commentary on the affect popular culture has on the world; through a queer lens.  Through embodying practices such as teaching, creating, and dialoguing, CRUZ CONTROL COLLECTIVE seeks to create dance for social change.