Christine Suarez is a Los Angles-based choreographer, performer and educator. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana, I made my first works of choreography in my backyard to the Grease soundtrack. Since then I have created eleven evening-length dance-theater works, numerous site-specific events and over a dozen dances for the theater and film. While living in New York City from 1994-2006, my work was presented at various venues including Danspace Project, P.S. 122, HERE, Joyce SoHo and Dixon Place. In 1998 I founded SuarezDanceTheater, a New York-based not-for-profit, ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians. I was an Artist in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center from 2003-2006. My work has toured nationally and internationally to over 20 cities.
Since relocating to Los Angeles, I have been invigorated by making dances in unexpected places with unexpected people about unexpected subjects. The longer I create the more I believe in the power of the creative process and how this process can transform people, space and ideas. I am also always struck by how this process of creating creates community -a community among those who normally would not mix. Witnessing this time and time again is what keeps me going. Wet Spots (2008) was a site-specific performance about female orgasm that I created in collaboration with a multi-generational cast of women. The Los Angeles Times called it “ingeniously crafted...poignant...hilarious.” a beach dance (2009) was a community-based, guerilla-style performance that happened on the Santa Monica Beach and Santa Barbara South Beach. Wet Spots: Solo has toured to Tallinn, Estonia, Movement Research at Judson Church (New York City), The Garage (San Francisco), Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and The A.W.A.R.D. Show! (REDCAT). I’ve been performing my latest work: MOTHER. at Highway Performance Space in Santa Monica and Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz. Each new project evidences my faith in the collaborative process and belief that this generosity creates an intimate shared space with the viewer. I have created work in theaters, houses, parks, Churches, galleries, sidewalks and alleys. I have collaborated with multi-generational performers along with parents, children, veterans, high school students and teen mothers. The subject matter has ranged from Cajun Louisiana to skateboarding, from female orgasm to motherhood.
As an educator, I have worked at public schools all over the New York City area. In Los Angeles I have
worked as a teaching artist with the HeArt Project for the past five years. I have been a guest teacher at Emory University, Indiana University, Southeastern University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University California State University San Marcos and California State University Los Angeles. I hold an MFA in choreography from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Department and a BA in Theater and English Literature from Emory University. I have co-created a dance program for severely mentally ill veterans forThe School for Better Living, a psycho-social research initiative a the West Los Angeles VA Hospital. I am currently teaching and training veterans and clinicians the Dance for Veterans curriculum throughout the VA I have been awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Puffin Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Association for Hispanic Arts, JP Morgan Chase Regrant, The Flourish Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Field and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. She is honored to be a Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Cheech Marin Endowed Scholarship Scholar and recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund McNamara Family Creative Arts Projects Grant.
Christine Suarez and Carolina San Juan
master bedroom, 10 minute performances