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Episode 45 with Bianca Cabrera

Chasing the Chicken: Creating Sub-culture Around Your Work

January 16th, 2019

We kick off the New Year with the choreographer and visionary, Bianca Cabrera as she leads us into her imagined world where modern dance has subcultures like rock genres, art is a for profit business, and your work can live beyond a single performance. Also, tune in to hear my personal new year’s resolutions and why sacrificing your happiness for your goals is a losing game.

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Bianca Cabrera is a Bay Area based teacher, dancemaker, and performer. Driven by the bias Bacchus before Buddha, her work is informed by a vibrant amalgamation of baton twirling, go-go dancing, cabaret, camp and burlesque as well as her professional contemporary dance education. She received early training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and later studied at the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center and Point Park College, before receiving her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Her performing career includes work with celebrated dance artists and companies: Lingo Dance/KT Niehoff, Amii LeGendre, Paige Barnes, Kristen Tsiastios, Kim Epifano, LevyDance and Christine Bonansea among many others. 

In 2012, she founded the Bay Area performing company, Blind Tiger Society, creating 7 new full length works and many short works between 2012 – 2016, with performances and commissions for The Garage, ODC Theater, ODC Youth Company, CounterPULSE, vîv dance collective, SAFEhouse Arts, the Seattle Inter|National Dance Festival, Links Hall/Midwest Nexus and Kate Mitchell Creative. Cabrera is a two-time participant of ODC’s Pilot program in San Francisco and has been awarded residencies from Bandaloop Studio, LEVYstudio, The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts and 10 Degrees. Her work has been nominated for a 2014 Soul of Oakland award and has been supported through the Fleishhacker and Rainin Foundations.  

Cabrera is dedicated to dance education, having developed her weekly technique classes, master classes and workshops for over 10 years at arts centers, studios and universities across the United States. 

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