Residency: Rosanna Tavarez

Artist-In-Residence Workshop
May 20-31, 2024

CNP/Duende CalArts welcomes choreographer Rosanna Tavarez to develop a new work entitled AREYTO at CalArts.

Weaving together the Lakota myth Old Woman in a Cave and the story of Taina cacica Anacaona, AREYTO is a contemporary dance-theater work that explores themes of creation, destruction, the early colonization of the island of Kiskeya/Hispaniola (present day Haiti & the Dominican Republic) and the tenacious power of women from the Afro-Indigenous Diaspora.

About the Artist

Rosanna Tavarez is a dance artist and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She received an MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University as a University Fellow and a Teaching Fellow, and a BFA in Choreography from University of Michigan. She has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has had the honor of working with Marina Ambramovic, David Foster, Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Heffington, Travis Payne, Tony Michaels, and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC.

Her choreographic work has been presented at The Broad Museum, ODC Theater, REDCAT, Dance Camera West, The Odyssey, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, LA Department of Cultural Affairs’ LA Dance Platform, Sarasota Contemporary Dance, and Highways Performance Space, and received support from CalArts Center for New Performance, CalState LA’s Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards, ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCLA Hothouse Residency, and Show Box LA.