Danza Orgánica and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal members collaborate

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Boston’s Danza Orgánica returns to the Yard for a two-week residency in collaboration with Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal members through July 26. The engagement closes with two studio showings of their in-process performance âs nupumukâunean (We Still Dance), held at the Yard’s open air studio in Chilmark on Friday, July 23, at 6 and 8 pm.

Danza Orgánica is a dance theater company that creates anti-racist, anti-patriarchal, and decolonizing work. Through performance, education (Dance for Social Justice™), and the annual festival We Create, they work “with and for communities interested in embodying a liberated future,” according to a press release from the Yard. “They honor the right to express our BIPOC experience, joyfully reimagine ourselves in liberated BIPOC bodies, and leave a legacy that sheds light upon an untold side of history.”

Danza Orgánica first connected with members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe during their 2018 residency at the Yard. Since then, the release says, the two groups have been collaborating to create âs nupumukâunean (We Still Dance), which highlights traditional and contemporary stories of the Aquinnah Wampanoag People through dance, song, installation, and storytelling. 

“I am mostly excited to get creative again in a wonderful location with some amazing and inspiring collaborators,” Mar Parrilla, founding artistic director, says in the release. “I am looking forward to being at the Yard, Aquinnah, and creating in my element: nature.”

To purchase tickets to the studio showing and learn more about the company, visit dancetheyard.org.