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Marielis Garcia

Marielis Garcia - dance artist in residence

Artist-in-Residence, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

(301) 405-6246

2815 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Marielis Garcia is the Dance Artist in Residence within the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland.  She is a Dominican American dance artist who has performed and toured with Brian Brooks (NY), Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC), Peter Kyle Dance (NY), iKapa (Cape Town, SA), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers (NY), among others. She received her MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from City College of New York. Her graduate thesis here, then & now was a live streamed performance that investigated the ways documentation and live performance coexist. 

Marielis’ work has been presented both nationally and internationally. She has taught dance, choreographic practices and interdisciplinary digital practices at Rutgers University (NJ), North Carolina School of the Arts (NC), Howard Community College (NC), Guttman College (NY), among others. 

Education/training:

  • M.F.A. in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice, City College of New York, 2020
  • B.F.A. in Dance: Performance, Marymount Manhattan College, 2007

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of Dance Artists National Collective
  • Artistic Advisor, Judson Memorial Church Arts Wednesday 
  • Writer for the Gibney Journal, Editor Eva Yaa Assantewaa 
  • Curated A Test Drive: featuring 4 artists showing their pandemic practices; Dec. 2020
  • Associate Special Programs Curator, MoMA, Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, Fall 2018

Awards/recognition:

  • Ballet Hispánico’s, Instituto Coreográfico Resident, created Temporal, Performed by Ballet Hispánico on Little Island Aug. 18 2021
  • Alvin Ailey, New Directions Choreography Lab recipient, 2021
  • Faculty Student Research Grant from the Graduate School, University of Maryland, for a new dance film Subject to Change
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Engagement Grant recipient,  2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022
  • Space Grant Recipient, CUNY Dance Initiative, 2018-2019
  • Grant Recipient, Morrison-Foerster Foundation, 2017
  • Choreographic Residency, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem, NC, Summer 2017
  • UpStream Residency, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, NY, Spring 2017        
  • Dance Initiative Residency, The LaunchPad, Carbondale, CO, Spring 2017
  • Dance Spoleto Residency Award, La MaMA Theater, Spoleto, Italy, Summer 2014 

Choreographic productions:

  • 2022, Un Espectro Real, world premiere, Kogod Theater, (MD) concept and direction
  • 2021, Interfacing, world premiere, Austin Arts Center, (CT), concept, direction, performance 
  • 2021, Love Letters/encanto, world premiere, Times Square (NY), concept, direction, performance 
  • 2020, here, then & now, world premiere, Digital Performance, concept, direction, performance
  • 2019, At the Cusp of One Thing and Another, world premiere, Judson Memorial Church, concept, direction, performance 
  • 2018, Amass, Aaron Davis Hall (NY), concept, direction, performance
  • 2018, Amass, world premiere, Judson Memorial Church, concept, direction, performance 
  • 2017, Fact of Being Carried On, Signal Gallery (NY), concept, direction and performance
  • 2017, Punct, Garment Arts Alliance (NY), concept, direction and performance
  • 2016, Fists and Starts, Triskelion Arts (NY), concept, direction and performance
  • 2016, 30Dance Shorts, Monthly Digital Premieres, concept, direction and performance
  • 2015, Acts of Peace, Several Locations (NY), concept and direction 
  • 2014, Chimera, La Mama’s Spoleto Dance Theater (Italy), concept, direction and performance