Valeria Gonzalez, MFA Class of 2018.
Spotlight: VALERIA GONZALEZ, MFA '18
Valeria Y. Gonzalez, a Mexican-American Dance Artist, is completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance with concentrations in Pedagogy and Performance. Ms. Gonzalez is also the Artistic Director of VALLETO, a dance theater company in New York City that began in 2014 with the mission of unifying diverse artists and celebrating one's individuality. VALLETO is in its fifth season, featuring two dancers from the BFA Class of 2018, Devon Travis and Dasol Kim. Valeria is interested in what the unconscious mind hides in the body and explores it from a female lens. Her work aims to empower the female body and the female psyche. Since its 4th season, VALLETO has been in process for SOS, a work that explores the soul in different states such as, coma, and deja-vu. SOS takes place in an otherworldly place where new chaotic memories arise.
Valeria's knowledge from Tisch Dance has helped her discover new possibilities to connect to the world as an artist. She is excited to continue creating work here in New York City and taking VALLETO to the next level!
VALLETO also teaches community classes to connect with the New York City dance community. Classes engage the dancer in new ways of thinking, moving and relating to the body and the space and empower the dancer to be in a constant creative mindset. VALLETO's movement vocabulary stems from the strength of the female experience, and experiencing the most fundamental human experience. The movement is raw, vulnerable, angry, sensitive, and at times hyper-erotic. VALLETO is challenging the ways society views womanhood in an unconventional way.
VALLETO's season five show will premiere at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY, on June 16th, 2018. The show starts at 7:30 PM and includes a revised version of SOS, which premiered last November. There will be a talk back with Valeria and the VALLETO cast following the show.
We are so proud of the work Valeria is doing, and all of her explorations she's created while at NYU Tisch Dance!