Studio/LAB Artists-In-Residence Fall 2022

Liliana Gomez

Liliana Gomez

I am a storyteller, telling stories that are personal, familiar and an investigation of our relationship with the world. Telling stories through movement and bringing in objects sound, multimedia, theater or specific costumes I use are intentional and part of setting the tone of the story. My creative process is inspired by my lived experiences as a Mexican woman, an immigrant, a wife and a mother. As a collaborator, nurturing and caring for my dancers while carefully fine-tuning the story we are sharing is where I thrive.I am interested in dance as a powerful art form that can bring us together to spark emotions that bring out thoughtful platicas.

What is at the core of your work?

The core of my work is inspired by my lived experiences as a Mexican woman, an immigrant, a wife and a mother. 

Family is at the core. 

My community is at the core. 

My parents who traveled the desert for a better future are at the core. 

Nurturing and caring for my dancers is at the core. 

I am interested in dance as a powerful art form that can bring us together to spark emotions that bring out thoughtful platicas.

What do you believe your role is an artist?

My role is to tell stories through dance by empowering the dancers with love and understanding and to connect with the audience.  Artmaking and storytelling are a catalyst for change.

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What experiences have you have that influence your work today?

In 2021 I performed “Antiguana '' in Denver, Colorado at Su Teatro. Antiguana is the story of Antigone the Athenian tragedy written by Sophocles, however our version named Antiguana was set in the Sonoran Desert at the Arizona border. This politically charged production was a collaboration between Marc Picante of Tucson’s Borderlands Theater and Ricky Ariaza of Phoenix’s Teatro Bravo. Artists from both Tucson and Phoenix spent five months in devised rehearsals, building each section, workshopping, using viewpoints technique to guide us in art making. We built costume pieces and went outside to be inspired by earth elements testing out new ways of getting our story plot. The last month of rehearsal we spent hours of rehearsals putting sections together, rearranging, testing and as a group putting the show together. In this devised theater production I was taken out of my comfort zone. After years of choreographing alone, I was now one of many sharing the responsibility of creating the final product. The production asked each of us to write a personal narrative that was shared with each other, and was spoken out loud in the final production. Rehearsals were  incredibly inspiring and emotional, each of us carried each other to the next scene, each of us loved and supported one another. I danced, sang and acted (just a little) and shared a personal narrative about my immigration experience. I am proud of the work we did, and this production inspired me to create my first ever evening length. I plan on to re-create “Memorias de México” a 15 min dance I choreographed based on photographs of myself in Mexico as a young child. Restaging all four sections of the dances and inserting personal narratives within them to create an evening length retitled  “Caminando." 

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