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Alicia Díaz

Originally from Puerto Rico, Alicia Díaz is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater with movement artist Matthew Thornton. Alicia has performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Andanza: Puerto Rican Contemporary Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group (The Harlem Nutcracker), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, dANCEpROjEct, Contemporary Motions, and independent choreographers Sally Silvers and Marion Ramírez amongst others. Recently, she has performed as a guest artist with the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company in Washington D.C. Alicia’s choreographic work has been presented in the United States, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico. Alicia is deeply committed to practices of improvisation. Her recent collaborations with percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez explores Caribbean cultural memory and identity by referencing Bomba, the oldest Puerto Rican music and dance form, characterized by the improvisational dialogue between dancer and musician. Their work has been presented at Movement Research at Judson Church and Pregones Theater in New York City, the University of Turabo and Casa Ruth in Puerto Rico, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts andthe Richmond Dance Festival in Richmond VA, and the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival. Alicia joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Richmond in 2011.