Session I: Learning from Joel Valentín-Martínez’s Artistry
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This session will feature a screening, presentation, and discussion of Joel Valentín-Martínez’s dance choreography productions: Pop Refuge, Sur Grande, and De aquí, de allá. Joel Valentín-Martínez is an Associate Professor and Dance Program Director in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. He initiated his theatre/dance training in the San Francisco Bay Area at American Conservatory Theatre, Alonzo
King’s Lines Ballet, Rosa Montoya’s Bailes Flamencos, and Oakland’s Dimensions Dance Theatre. From 1990-2003, he was a member of Garth Fagan Dance (Tony Award winner) and toured with the troupe throughout the United States, Canada, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, South America, and the Caribbean. Since 2003, Mr. Valentín-Martínez has devoted his time to teaching at the university level and developing his own choreography projects. His work Pop Refuge (2019) premiered at Links Hall Chicago, Sur Grande (2019) was commissioned by La Compañia de Danza Contemporanea de Acapulco, Mexico, De aquí, de allá (2019) premiered with Mexico City’s Barro Rojo Artes Escénico, and #rupturapasaje2/#passagebreak2 (2019)with Andanza Compañia Puertorruqueña de Danza Contemporánea, Puerto Rico. Other works include Misplaced Flowers (2010) with live music by FulcrumPoint-New Music Project, and Tlatelolco Revisited (2008), both commissioned by Luna Negra Dance Theater, Chicago. He choreographed the musical adaptation of Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (2009) at the Steppenwolf Theatre. He has developed choreography for Joel Hall Dancers (2010), and John Jota Leaños’ multi-media performance Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta (2008-17), which has been performed at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, throughout California, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Lisbon, Portugal.
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Melinda Palacio is a poet, author, and speaker. She divides her time between Santa Barbara and New Orleans. Her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place 2009 award. She is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011), for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her fi rst full-length poetry collection, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, (Tia Chucha Press 2012) was a fi nalist for the Milt Kessler Award, the Paterson Prize, and received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. In 2015, her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day Program. Melinda’s latest poetry collection is, Bird Forgiveness.
This event is co-sponsored by the departments of Chicano-Latino Studies and History. Dr. Ana Elizabeth Rosas is the UCI faculty organizer and facilitator of this event collaboration and program