"The performance was evocative and visceral-- I could feel my own hair strands being tugged at and twirled."
"...emotional, raw, and uplifting. As a curly haired Latina, I felt proud to see a piece admiring and celebrating textured hair."
Pajón Bello 2022
choreographer | Stephanie Peña
lighting designer |
performer | Stephanie Peña
photographer | Elyse Mertz
Morir Soñando is an exploration of Dominican identity by deconstructing the national dance Merengue and experimenting how this form of dance translates to non-Caribbean dancer's bodies. The work navigates the performers’ understanding of the culture through the use of Merengue music, the language and hip movements. Throughout this exploration, other topics starts to arise such as race, class, lifestyle in Dominican Republic, colonization and family memories. It was showcased at the University of Roehampton and Elefeet Dance festival in London, UK. It has been reviewed by views from the gods, U.K. Theatre Network, Afridiziak Theatre and Dulwich on View. Also, it was featured on The British Blacklist.