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Otros Rostros - Performer Bios

An outdoor multidisciplinary performance as incredible as Otros Rostros requires a talented team to choreograph, perform, design, and more. Below you will find a little about some of the talented artists behind this unique Uxbridge Studio Tour presentation.

Diana Lopez Soto

Mother, land caretaker and award-winning international multidisciplinary artist living and working in Uxbridge, ON.

Exhibited, participated and presented work in France, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica and across Canada. Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit, Panama Aerea. Saint Nazaire International Aerial Dance Festival and Guacamacataro International Art and Ecology Residency.

She is a member of Vanguardia Dance Projects, Land embodiment lab and is currently involved in a two-year collaboration with Alejandro Ronceria and Victoria Mata Soledad.

My goal is to create experiences inspired by our Mother Land, breath and movement. My culture, heritage and relationship to the Earth inform my process and artistic practice. I weave stories, hold spaces for creation, create playgrounds for research and work with ritual and landscape.

Misset Parata: Composer, Live Music -  Percussionist

Misset Parata was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where she was immersed in a rich culture of Afro-Venezuelan traditions.

Her love for music opened the doors to perform for local Venezuelan dance groups. In 2006, after meeting Victoria Mata, MataDanZe founder, she joined the collective, where Misset trained and performed contemporary dance and contact improvisation throughout Canada and Latin American countries.

She is currently studying Afro Venezuelan and Latin American Caribbean percussion.

Irma Villafuerte: Collaborator, Performer

Irma Villafuerte is a Salvadorian-Canadian dance artist and emerging choreographer based in Toronto.

Graduate of George Brown Dance from the Dance Performance Studies program in 2016. Her experience and training extend to Latin, the Caribbean and Cuban Contemporary techniques.

As of late, she has participated and performed in DanceWeekend Ontario, Aluna Theatre’s Panamerican Routes Festival, RUTAS, Panamania 2015 at Nathan Phillips Square, La 12 Bienal de la Habana 2015 for (IN)DISCIPLINAS, Vanguardia Dance Projects Festival, Danza Corpus Annual Open Space Temporada in Matanzas, Cuba, International Dance Meeting by Danza Libre in Guantanamo, CounterPulse Performing Diaspora in San Francisco, Mayworks Festival for Working People, to name a few. She has been part of choreographic works by Santee Smith (Kahawi Dance Theatre), Alejandro Ronceria, Roshanak Jaberi (Jaberi Dance Theatre), Victoria Mata, Kaeja D’dance, Ryan Lee, Derek Sangster, Tina Fushell, Arsenio Andrade, Sharon B. Moore, Darryl Tracy, Malgorzata Nowacka (Chimera Dance Projects and Company B), Jose Angel Carret (Danza Corpus), Esteban Aguilar (Danza Fragmentada, Cuba)

Victoria Mata: Collaborator, Performer

Victoria Mata is a Toronto-based Canadian-Venezuelan dance artist, choreographer, director, and activist. In each of these, she combines evolving feminism with her passion for expressive arts therapy.

Mata’s choreography and her personal dance expression generate a dialogue between performance and embodied cultural memory. 

Mata’s sensibility to inclusion and the nuances of border stories is rooted in her eclectic upbringing in Venezuela, France, United States and Canada. 

Her career was initially sculpted by auto-pedagogical, self-directed training, which was followed by residencies and professional trainings at the Banff Arts Centre, Counter Pulse, African American Art & Culture, Centro de Investigación Coreográfica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes de México, The Biggot Foundation, Ballet Creole, Aluna Theater, Danza Corpus, Danza Fragmentada and Teatro Delle Radici. 

Mata’s artistry has been shaped by the mastery of internationally renowned directors and choreographers Beatriz Pizano, Karen Kaeja, Debbie Wilson, Nicola Pantin, Jose Carret, Mercedes Bernardez, Olga Barrios, Patrick Parson, Carlos Rivera, Nahiti Ortega, Jesus Rondon, Bruna Gusberti, Jack Soto, Marie Chouinard, Esteban Alguillar, Jackeline Rago, Ayelene Liberona, Violeta Luna, Patricia Araiza, Helen Jones, Holly Small, Darcey Callison, Carol Anderson, Arsenio Andrade and Neil Ieremia. Since completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Contemporary Choreography at York University, Mata continues to be a catalyst for artistic curiosity and the unpacking the diasporic experience in her exploration of the constructions and deconstructions of settlement, displacement and migrant identities.

Emily Hughes: Collaborator, Performer

Emily Hughes began her circus explorations as an 8-year-old at HarbourKids circus camp and has been immersed in the evolution of Contemporary Circus ever since. As a young adult, she continued her training at Main Space & Toronto School of Circus Arts, eventually becoming a company member of Cirque Sublime, before becoming an independent circus artist in her early 20s. While pursuing her BFA (2007) in Theatre Performance: Acting at Ryerson University, Emily solidified her passion for storytelling and creating characters through (acrobatic) movement. In 2009 she co-founded Hercinia Arts Collective as a means to combine her passions into creative, theatrical circus work. To find out more about Emily, visit emilyhughes.ca.

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Supporting Artists

Natasha McFayden - Regalia Collaborator

Norma Araiza - Dramaturge

Rebecca Devi Leonard - Head Rigger

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