Cunamacué is looking for dancers to join the company for performances in 2020.

Cunamacué was founded in Oakland, California in 2010 by Carmen Román, with the purpose of bringing visibility to the presence and cultural knowledge of the African descent population in Peru. Our dances are deeply rooted in Afro-Peruvian movement vocabulary and are influenced by other dances of the African Diaspora and modern dance. Our work incorporates ancestral healing practices. We perform both in conventional and public spaces, having performed both locally and toured in Peru. Our creative process is a combination of learning set phrases and creating collectively based on a traditional Afro-Peruvian dance form we’ve studied.

Strong background in modern, contemporary and/or dances of the African Diaspora. Familiarity with Afro-Peruvian dance is a plus but not necessary. Part of our choreographic process is to learn Afro-Peruvian dances. Ability to make choreographic choices.

Please bring 1 minute of choreography in a dance style of your preference.

Audition will consist in an Afro-Peruvian dance class, phrase creation, learning an Afro-Peruvian contemporary dance phrase from Cunamacué’s repertoire, and a sharing of your dance.

About Founder & Artistic Director Carmen Román:
Carmen is a dancer, choreographer, educator, filmmaker, and emerging scholar. She was raised both in Lima, Peru, and in the Bay Area. As a choreographer, her work is deeply rooted in Afro-Peruvian dance vocabulary and also uses movements inspired by other dances of the African Diaspora and modern dance using her practice as an art form and vehicle for self-expression.

Her article, “The Danced Spirituality of African Descendants in Peru”, was published in a special edition of the African Performance Review (2013). In 2015-2016 Carmen was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Dance to Peru to research Afro-Peruvian dance through practice, performance, and observation. Her dance documentary “Herencia de Un Pueblo (Inheriting a Legacy )” shot in El Carmen, Peru, was awarded Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (2016) and has screened in various cities across the U.S. and internationally in England, Tanzania, and Canada. In 2018 she was part of NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. In 2019 she was awarded the Mythili Kumar Emerging Artist Award and was commissioned to create new work for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Carmen has been teaching dance for ten years to children and adults in the Bay Area and in rural communities in El Salvador and Peru. She holds a B.A. in Dance from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Dance from Mills College.

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Audition Details:
Sunday March 1, 2 -4pm
Shawl Anderson, Studio 3
2704 Alcatraz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

If you are interested in auditioning, please RSVP by filling out the following form:

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