We Are Currents brings together choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez and poet Natalie Diaz for an intimate performative conversation about water. Both artists have created thought-provoking works that explore the power of art in connection to environmental and cultural justice struggles about water. Join us at Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area for a poetic reflection about the power of language, movement and personal story to our memories of and future with water.
This event is organized by CALA Alliance and ASU Performance in the Borderlands as part of the 2018 Binational Arts Residency.
Ana Maria Alvarez is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and founder director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Dance Latin Theater. Inspired by her upbringing as a Cuban American, her work boldly traverses the world of social dance, political activism, community organizing and art making. She has travelled extensively in South America and the Caribbean, studying, practicing and performing Tango and Afro-Cuban secular dances (Timba, Rueda, Rumba and Gaga). Alvarez received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College and a Masters in Fine Arts in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.