Photy by Kyle Kesses.

Marielys Lely Burgos Meléndez

AfroBorikua artistic researcher, somatic educator, embodied writer, dance audio describer, and communicator. Since 2014, she investigates experiences, poetics, and narratives of mobility-migration-dislocation. As 2021-2023 Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Marielys is excavating the presence of Latinx in the ´experimental dance scene´ in NYC, the body as a living archive, contemplative movement, pleasure, and her own ancestral indigenous wisdom.

As an independent and self-funded artist, Marielys has taught and shared work in academic and non-academic institutions in México, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Scotland, Dominican Republic, Canada, her native Boriké, and various cities in Turtle Island. Errática is her first self-published artist book (2019) in collaboration with Taller Asiray.

While in Lenapehoking, she has worked/ performed with Pramila Vasudevan, Antonio Ramos, iele paloumpis, Jill Sigman/ThinkDance, zavé martohardjono -as part of Territory: The Island Remembers, nominated for a 2022 Bessies Award-, and most recently Christopher Unpezverde Núñez. ´deadbird´ film by devynn emory, ´a fuzzy yellow spot´, by Christopher Unpezverde Núñez, and Sing by Ogemdi Ude -performed at Abrons-, are among the productions that have included Marielys´ audio descriptions. As a Dance Administrator/ Communicator she has supported performing arts organizations like Artichoke Dance Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre/ The Table of Silence Project 9/11, Yanira Castro/ a canary torsi, and currently works as Media and Communications Manager at Movement Research.

[Image Description: Afroindigenous womxn looking fiercely at the camera, palms of the hands opened outwardly in front of her bare chest. The top of a belly scar shows off. Arms heavily tattoed. Black hair at shoulder level swirls with the wind. Photo by Kyle Kesses.]


2021-2023 Artist-in-Residence,


MELT Faculty,

2019 Fall Festival,

2019 Fall Festival Co-Curator,

Studies Project Organizer

Upcoming Classes & Events

Past Classes & Events

[Virtual] BodyPortals/ CuerpxPortales: Fascia, Heart, and Guts

Jan 23 – Jan 27, 2023

[Virtual] Studies Project: DECOLONIAL emBODYments (2)

December 06, 2022

[Virtual] Studies Project: DECOLONIAL emBODYments (1)

November 29, 2022

[Virtual] BodyPortals/ CuerpxPortales

Mon, Apr 5 – Apr 27, 2021

[Virtual] Festival | GPS Chats: Close Encounters of a Dance Kind (Croatia/Iran/USA)

November 24, 2020

poetic moving/ bodily writing

Thu, May 9 – May 16, 2019

[SUB] Witchcraft – a Corporeal Practice

April 11, 2019