nibia pastrana santiago
B. Caguas, Puerto Rico (1987)
Based in San Juan, nibia develops site-specific “choreographic events” to experiment with time, fiction, and notions of territory. She serves as the Academic Coordinator at the Dance Program, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón & Escuela de Danza 21, the first of its kind on the island, and co-directs LA ESPECTACULAR Artists Residency with filmmaker Gisela Rosario. Currently, nibia is co-editing a bilingual anthology on Puerto Rican experimental dance with dance scholar Susan Homar to be published in 2020. She is a mentor in the Puerto Rican Arts Incubator, a two-year initiative led by Dr. Ramón Rivera Servera-Northwestern University, to support local artists post-hurricanes. In 2015-16, nibia was a fellow resident artist at La Práctica, Beta Local, Puerto Rico, where she published her first zine maniobra, bahía o el evento coreográfico (maneuver, bay or the choreographic event). nibia obtained a BA in Dance and Gender Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, an MFA in Dance and Minor in Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Postmasters in Performance and Scenography Studies, from a.pass, Belgium. She was part of the danceWEB Scholarship Program, ImPulsTanz #28, Vienna. Earlier in her career she was part of Hincapié, Petra Bravo's dance company. She has performed in works by Nickels Sunshine, Miguel Gutierrez, DD Dorvillier, and maintains an on-going collaborative practice with Jennifer Monson/iLAND.