Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest is a dance festival that celebrates the culture of Latinos in America, and their place in it, reflecting the diversity that Latin America culture embodies. It will feature nine (9) dance artists with hybrid choreographic practices, who hold the stories of lived cultural experiences of Latinos in America. Those danced stories will give life to the visual power of storytelling with performative elements.  The festival is devoted to the multicultural nature of New York City, and it boldly responds to the blurring of cultures from different diasporas; while it celebrates and examines the influence of Latinos and immigrants in America as a place of mixed cultures. This September 2022.

Unfolding emotions in motion the festival holds four components:

The Fest: Dance shows on stage, seven choreographic works with 22 dancers will take the stage from Sep 15 to Sep 17

Choreographers Talk: post-show conversations between dance creators and audience, conducted by special guests

Dancing Strokes Exhibition: This exhibition plays with theoretical concepts of movement, light and rhythm; and how those elements can insinuate motion and create the impression of “action”. It invites the viewer to find the link between a live dance aesthetic and that being reflected in the artwork. Curated by Gustavo Fernandez from Sep 07 to Sep 18. The exhibition will takes lobby and gallery at El Barrio’s Artspace.

Dancing Community: A set of dance workshops and wellness activities: Sep 14 at Dance Studio (Lower Level El Barrio’s Artspace). 4:30pm jazz for children / 6pm Yoga beginners / 7:30pm Tango beginners. Worskhops Coordinator Yvanhova Figueroa.

Festival is organized and produced by Dance 10 Project, a hybrid collective of dancers, choreographers, producers who stage dance/physical-theater performances with unique language that evokes a poetic dimension of Hispanic dramatism. Bringing years of leadership experience and knowledge of producing, staging, promoting dance events, the festival is headed by Artistic Director and Choreographer Elliott Ortiz. Dance10 Project intends to provide opportunities for positive exposure and career advancement in dance making to underrepresented, especially Latinos, dance artists of color and LGBTQ members. And, to expand the creative force around contemporary dance by increasing the audience’s knowledge.

Festival is presented by El Barrio’s Artspace & Artspace Projects Inc, with the collaboration of Wonder Moments Inc, and partially funded by LMCC, UMEZ, UMEZ-Mertz Gilmore Seed Fund for Dance

Women take the stage: Nine female choreographers: Arianna Aquino, Stephanie Pena, Maria Gracia Perez, Kat Bark, Bianca Dam, Julieta Valero, Chien-Ying Chang, Irene Ruiz-Rivero and Yvanhova Figueroa, with different background from Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Mexico, USA. Two selections will be presented each performance night followed by post-show dialogue between artists and the audience which will be conducted by a local personality. 

Festival will take place at El Barrio’s Artspace in East Harlem New York City, from Sep 07 (exhibition opening), Dance performances (open Sep 15) and closes at Sep 17. More info: www.d10projectnyc.com 

Dancing Strokes: 

A visual art and photography exhibition in collaboration with Dance 10 Project where by nine male artists showcase their work as an act of solidarity with the nine female choreographers performing in the upcoming Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Festival 2022.  Dancing Strokes plays with theoretical concepts of movement, light and rhythm. It invites the viewer to find the link between a live dance aesthetic and that being reflected in the artwork. 

With this collaboration, during Hispanic Heritage Month we proudly celebrate the Latino culture and promote a united front between our brothers and sisters.  

On display from September 7th -18th, 2022. Opening reception September 7th @ 6:00PM – 9:00PM

El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 Lobby and Main Gallery.