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Vanessa Vargas

Vanessa Vargas is a Venezuelan dancer, educator and dance researcher, based in New York and Barcelona. Her research is both theoretical and practical, examining the living arts through journalism, cultural studies, and social theory. She presents lectures and facilitates workshops merging theory and practice, and develops collaborative choreographic projects. Her works have been presented at the Festival of Young Choreographers at Dixon Place (NYC), Triskelion Arts Center (NYC), Pioneer Works (NYC), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Encuentro Archipiélago de Movimiento (Argentina), Judson Church (NYC), Performance Mix Festival 33 (NYC), and CPR (NYC) among others. In 2018, she received a scholarship and residency at La Caldera (Barcelona), as part of the Barcelona International Dance Exchange meeting.

In 2002, she became part of the permanent cast of the Caracas’ Dance Workshop. In 2007, she joined the Venezuelan National Dance Company, and collaborated with other choreographers on different choreographic projects. As an independent performer, she has collaborated with Accidental Movement (NYC), Rastro Dance Company (NYC), and Douglas Dunn, and has participated in different exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, including Lygia Clark’s, James Lee Byars’, David Lamelas’, Yoko Ono’s and Simone Forti’s “Dance Constructions” as part of the exhibition “Judson Dance Theatre: The Work Is Never Done,” among others.

She has professional studies in dance from the Escuela Taller de Danza de Caracas, a degree in media and journalism from the Central University of Venezuela, a master’s degree in media and social research from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, and a master’s degree in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). She us currently a PhD candidate in art history, with a concentration in Performing Arts, at the University of Barcelona.

[ID: Vanessa smiles into the camera wearing a bold multicolored top and red sunglasses and her head is resting on their head. She has long brown hair and there is foliage in the background.]

Past Classes & Events

Movement Research at the Judson Church (Nov. 14, 2022)

November 14, 2022

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

May 18 – May 19, 2019