nibia pastrana santiago

(b. Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1987)

nibia pastrana santiago is based in San Juan and develops site-specific “choreographic events” to experiment with time, fiction and notions of territory. Her work has been supported by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades. Currently, nibia is co-editing an 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 of Northwestern University to support local artists post-hurricanes. From 2017 to 2109, nibia served as the Dance Program Academic Coordinator at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, the first of its kind on the island. She also co-directs LA ESPECTACULAR Artists Residency with filmmaker Gisela Rosario. 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; and a Postmasters in Performance and Scenography Studies from a.pass, Belgium. She has performed in works by Nick Duran, Miguel Gutiérrez, DD Dorvillier, and maintains an on-going collaborative practice with Jennifer Monson/iLAND. nibia is a 2019 Whitney Biennial artist. Her biennial project objetos indispuestos, inauguraciones suspendidas o finales inevitables para un casi-baile is collected in Tripwire Pamphlet #2.