Luis Lara Malvacias

Luis Lara Malvacías is a Venezuelan queer immigrant choreographer and trans-disciplinary artist whose body of work has focused on ideas of transformation, multiplicity, and authorship. In his choreography and trans-disciplinary projects, he questions preconceived ideas of choreography, and modes of production and presentation. He has presented his works in several venues in NY (since 1995) and has performed worldwide, from conventional venues to more unconventional spaces. Among others, his current projects include the creation of 26 collaborative duets (From AtoZ) with his life partner Jeremy Nelson examining TIME and performance, using significant signposts connected with life and aging. These duets look into issues surrounding mature dance makers agency and inquiring into the relationship of the body thinking, the body processing, the body making, and the body performing.

He created 3RD CLASS CITIZEN in 2003, a collective initially comprising Latinx artists living in NYC, which has become a platform for the NOT FESTIVAL - a nomadic and kaleidoscopic conceptual artistic object, embracing ideas of cross-cultural and global artistic collaboration. Instalación Sur from 2001 and Channel Sur from 2005 are two of his several cross-cultural multi-disciplinary projects involving collaboration with local artists in seven countries in Central and South America. The latest outcome of his research in collaborative projects is the creation of the Institute of Global Longing.

Between 1998/1999 and 2002/2003, Lara Malvacías was a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2006 DNA Artist-in-Residence. In 2015, together with Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, he was a Casita Maria Artist in Residence. Among others, he has received funding from the MAP Rockefeller Funds, the Jerome Foundation, and Arts International and is the recipient of a 2006 NYFA Fellowship for choreography. He holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in New Media from Donau University, Austria Krems in cooperation with Transart Institute (NY, Berlin). Other activities include teaching, creating and presenting work in several colleges and institutions in the USA as well as in countries in Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. Currently, He is teaches experimental choreography and dance at UCR. His choreographic work is presented now under Luis Lara Malvacías / 3RD CLASS CITIZEN.

Past Classes & Events

FREE PANEL | Secret Journey: Stop Calling Them Dangerous #2

May 18 – May 19, 2019