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Margarita Tortajada Quiroz

Monday, October 11, 2010
  4:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Location: Arts Building
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Category: Lecture



Body, Performance & Dance Research Platform presents a lecture by

Margarita Tortajada Quiroz

Award Recipient of the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture Series in Dance Studies

"Branches and Roots:
Two generations of female Mexican choreographers building their identity"

This presentation focuses in my current research on two generations of women: the first one comprised of those who developed modern dance in Mexico in the 1930s-50s, and the second one pertaining to choreographers that initiated their creative works in the 1980s and 1990s (Claudia Lavista, Alicia Sanchez,and Evoé Sotelo). 

I have selected these three artists because of the import of their works and their impact in the field of presentational dance.  These are innovative artists that have maintained and transformed the structure of the field, and continue participating in its internal struggles.  They are exemplary in showing the strength often required by women to make creative works, and the alternative that dance has offered them to move beyond the private domain and to elaborate strategies for transgressing dominant frameworks.  Their lives confirm the challenges that women artists have faced in order to gain legitimation and construct their own creative spaces, and the legacy received from the earlier generation of Mexican female choreographers.

Margarita Tortajada Quiroz, PhD in Social Sciences (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-UAM), Licenciatura in Political Science (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mèjico-UNAM), and M.A. in Research and Education in the Arts (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes-INBA).  She is a researcher with Cenidi-Danza José Limón (National Center for Research and Documentation in Dance) since 1988, and member of the National System of Researchers.  She is currently a researcher with the Centro de Investigación de la Danza del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Research Center on Dance of the National Institute of the Arts). She integrates her experience as a dancer and her scholarship in her various works on dance and dancers.  She is the author of several books that address dance theory as well as historical analyzes of mexican dance.  Her most prominent books are Danza y poder [Dance and Power] (INBA, 1995), La danza escénica de la Revolución mexicana, nacionalista y vigorosa [Staged Dances of the Mexican Revolution](INHERM, 2000), Mujeres de danza combativa [Women of Fisty Dances](Conaculta, 1999), Luis Fandiño. Danza generosa y perfecta [Luis Fandiño. Generous and Perfect Dance](INBA, 2000), Frutos de mujer [Women’s “Produce”/Products](Conaculta-INBA, 2001), Danza y género [Dance and Gender](COBAES/DIFOCUR 2002) y Danza de hombre [Men and Dance](SOMEC-Sinaloa-Archivo Histórico del Estado de Sinaloa-ISMUJER, 2005).  Her most recent works address gender issues, and she is currently working on a research project on Dance and pain.  She teaches dance history (History of Staged Dances in Mexico/ Dance and Gender/ Modern-Contemporary Dance in the World) at the School of Contemporary Dance of the Cultural Center Ollin Yolizli, Secretary of Culture of the GDF [Federal District Government].

This award and lecture, in honor of the founder of doctoral studies in dance in the UC system, Professor Emerita Schlundt, is made possible by the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Endowed Fund for the support of Periodic Lectures on Research in Dance History and Theory. The Body, Performance and Dance Research Platform constitutes a nexus for interdisciplinary engagement of pressing issues within the field of dance studies, specifically as they circulate around the nodes of corporeality, performance, digital subjectivities and movement.

Parking: permits available at Information Kiosks

Photo:  Claudia Lavista, dancer.  Martín Gavica, photographer.

Open to: UCR Students, Faculty and Staff
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Dance Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245