Andrea Woods Valdés
Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance

In my work I use dance as contemporary folklore. Everyone has a story to tell. The presence of Black women in America offers a rich and valuable landscape to explore. As a former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, my creative process is strongly linked to identity and representation. My research is equally physical, creative and scholarly. My areas of interest include women in the arts, Afro-Cuban dance/music, African Diaspora history/culture through performance and Dance for the Camera. Currently I creating a series of unrelated works that promote original music by women composers. I focus on intra-cultural, interdisciplinary dialogues and activities that happen between Black women artists beyond the boundaries of national and political identities. My creative process explores the intersections between dance, music and writing as my own brand of performed folklore. SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers is the vehicle for the performance work I create. My company exists as a creative hub where projects and performances invite collaborators, artists and scholars to become part of the creative process In addition, I have recently joined with Black women artist in the Durham area to initiate the Black Women's Choreography Collective, which serves to support and nurture the creative process and cultural identity.    Edit

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