about natalia

Natalia Valerdi

Photo: Ted Meyer.

Natalia Valerdi is a choreographer, video artist and educator. She has performed, taught and choreographed in Cuba, Europe, Mexico and California. She recently premiered SHADOWORX at the City Heights Performing Arts Annex, an evening of dance and film works commissioned by Visionary Dance Theatre.

She is Associate Director and Outreach Coordinator of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective (PRDC). She has collaborated with PRDC since 2006 and recently completed a tour in Europe with PRDC in 2013, which included her performing and featuring her projection design work. She co-directed and co-curated PRDC’s Salon Dances Series, featuring choreography and performances by members of the Collective. Other video projection design collaborations with Patricia Rincon include BODYPARTS, Protest, Peeled and The Myth Project V: Cowboys. She co-produced the documentary dance film Latino Now: Landscape of Desire with Patricia Rincon and Paula Zacharias, a film about the American Dream and the immigration debate, which was screened in Buenos Aries (Argentina), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), and San Diego at the San Diego Repertory Theater’s Tortilla Curtain preview. Valerdi has also collaborated as projection designer with UK choreographer Yolande Snaith, and choreographer Alicia Rincon. Her independent work integrates choreography with live interactive media in pieces such asTraces and White Dreams.

Valerdi is also founder of the Mid-Air-Trio, an improvisational “jazz” trio with visual artist Anna Stump and musician Joyce Rooks.

Valerdi received her M.F.A. in Dance and Technology from the University of California, Irvine. I have performed the work of choreographers Allyson Green, Patricia Rincon, Jean Isaacs and Yolande Snaith.  She is a Lecturer in Dance and Technology at the University of California, San Diego and works with inner-city youth through Collaborations: Teachers and Artists, a professional development program for elementary school teachers in San Diego County advocating CCSS arts integration/STEAM.

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