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Crystal Sepúlveda

Crystal Sepúlveda is a Puerto Rican dance artist. Sepúlveda artistic research is invested in examining emergent notions of identity, healing, self-determination, and futurity from a Puerto Rican diaspora, post-Huracán María, anti-colonial positionality. She generates and composes sound, movement, and video for live performance and installation. Her ongoing performance practices investigate improvisation through instant composition, multi-disciplinary collaboration, solo-durational performance, site-based activations, and writing dance scores. Recent collaborations and choreographed works include Bodyscape (2015), the river knows (2016), Ch’u Mayaa (2017), Remedios (2019). Becoming a mother to naíri azul has inspired works such as Rooting Within (2019) which was commissioned by HomeLA and Fulcrum Arts, and Remedios (2019). Published in WE SPOKE, "maría, naíri, and i" and " Instructions Provided by a Mother's Intuition Postpartum" (2019) are writings/dance scores on becoming a mother and desires for a viable world in the face of environmental disasters and injustices. 

Sepúlveda’s work has been supported by Fulcrum Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Riverside Art Museum, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Her choreographic work has been presented at Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Highways Performance Space, Human Resources LA, The Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles); Center of Music and Audio Technologies (Berkeley); dança em foco Festival International (Rio de Janeiro, BR); Lake Studios Berlin (Berlin, Germany); Centre Dürrenmatt (Neuchâtel, Switzerland) and at Musée des beaux-arts (Le Locle, Switzerland). Sepúlveda has held faculty positions at La Universidad de Sagrado Corazon (Puerto Rico), Mt. San Jacinto College, and the University of California Riverside (UCR).  she holds a M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography from UCR.