Siento una profunda admiración por la artista Maira Duarte y su proyecto Dance To The People. En una ciudad tan competitiva y llena de talento, Maira Duarte ha sabido abrir camino y crear una plataforma para la comunidad artística, trabajando no sólo desde la coreografía sino con otras manifestaciones artísticas como el video, performance art y talleres de movimiento, apoyando artistas de diferentes procedencias y culturas. He colaborado con ella en múltiples oportunidades y le considero una creadora talentosa y generosa, comprometida a desafiar las convenciones y representar el nuevo arte Latinoamericano. Dance To The People fortalece comunidades y brinda oportunidades para artistas experimentales. Su visión colaborativa es refrescante y necesaria en momentos de incertidumbre política, como los que vivimos hoy en día.
I feel a deep admiration for the artist Maira Duarte and her project Dance To The People. In a city so competitive and full of talent, Maira Duarte has managed to open the way and create a platform for the artistic community, working not only from the choreography but with other artistic manifestations such as video, performance art and movement workshops, supporting artists from different origins and cultures. I have collaborated with her on multiple occasions and I consider her a talented and generous creator, committed to challenging the conventions and representing the new Latin American art. Dance To The People strengthens communities and provides opportunities for experimental artists. Its collaborative vision is refreshing and necessary in times of political uncertainty, such as those we live in today.
Dance to the People is an inspiring platform that creates opportunity to experiment, find & create community and do it in a way that has ease in its accessibility. Maira Duarte is an incredible 'yes...and' creature to behold as she continues to tirelessly find new avenues and opporunities to bring people together through dancing. Whenever I participate in or attend an event through DTTP, I find myself among a vibrant community of thinkers and movers. There is always someone new to meet and a connection to be made
DTTP creates a unique and inclusive forum for both students and teachers. In making classes economically accessible this creates a pragmatic bridge - to connect those interested in (contemporary) dance but without funds for training. This is not just a theory of inclusivity, rather it is an ACTUAL practice. As another means of inclusivity, the founders and frequent contributors of DTTP are POC. Contemporary dance remains a white dominated cultural sphere. In this dance world it remains a MUCH needed, strong and meaningful invitation that DTTP is - in practice - a space of ethnic and cultural inclusion. ----- DTTP also creates an opportunity for teachers to expand their student base. Because DTTP is able to offer studio space to teachers - teachers have more economic flexibility to offer their knowledge without worrying about overhead costs of rental and advertisement. Whether the teachers are new to facilitation or well-seasoned, the DTTP organizers are welcoming and supportive.
DTTP makes a lot happen with very little. Essentially it’s a teacher training /skill share. But there is so much that happens in this space. People take risks with their bodies, propose new ideas, and experiment with how to share something extremely personal in a public settling. DTTP creates a safe space where idea-exchange takes place. An embodied idea exchange? Community building and culture are an inevitable consequence of such an engagement.
Dance to the People fosters the growth of dance makers by offering opportunities for them to expand their practice through teaching, performance, and collaboration. It invests in artists practices through making space for them to experiment - I have personally witnessed the growth of many artists within the context of DTTP, having seen many artists blossom through the support of DTTP. There are simply not many other organizations around like DTTP - artist run platforms, creating equitable opportunities for professional development and growth in a public context. DTTP invests in people - early career artists need the support DTTP provides.