the latina dance project
The Latina Dance Project began in 2002 as a collaborative ensemble of multidisciplinary artists exploring through performance controversial issues impacting the global community. The company’s projects create experiences that celebrate a new aesthetic in dance theater. They’re reflective of the diverse Latinx cultures, shedding light and provoking reflections that can bring about change
Latina dance project, produces performances, festivals, accepts multidisciplinary commissions, conducts education-based residencies, as well as community outreach, research and mentorship.
The Latina Dance Project sought after to create a new festival to bring together Black and latinx dance artist. going on eight years, it has presented:
the blaktinx dance festival
A movement festival
of cutting edge work, celebrating
Black and Latinx choreographers
The BlakTinx Dance Festival gives Latinx and Black choreographers an opportunity to celebrate and share their unique and important voices. Premiering in 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Licia Perea, LDP founding member, produced the first BlakTinx Dance Festival at the Bootleg Theater. After it became an annual show, the Bootleg Theater became a contributing co-producer for several years.
In 2015, BlakTinx expanded to Tucson, Arizona through Eva Tessler, LDP founding member, for a one time BlakTinx concert showcasing choreographers from Tucson, Arizona. In 2017, through a collaboration with choreographer Liliana Gomez, BlakTinx expanded to Phoenix, Arizona, with an annual show since then. The annual festival in both Los Angeles and Phoenix sparked a larger connection in mission, creating “sister cities” bringing two Artists from each city to perform in the other. We bring two artists to participate in each city's festival, creating “sister cities.”
The festival strives to diversify programming and audiences in the local dance scene and beyond. In 2019, the festival changed its name from BlakTina to BlakTinx, to be more inclusive and gender neutral.
The festival focuses on contemporary dance but draws from many genres. Choreographers are encouraged to show work that is personal to them, and speaks about the Black and Latinx experience.
BlakTinx has received important recognition and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, CaliforniA Arts Council, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Jewish Community Foundation and by individual donors.