Get to Know a Local Artist: Talani Torres

September 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Talani Torres will be featured as the Meredith College Affiliate Artist in the Raleigh performances of the Festival.  Her work will be presented both nights, Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10.

Here’s a little about Talani:

A native of Miami, Florida, Torres was founder and artistic director of Miami Children’s Dance Ensemble, and co-founder of the Dance Space Miami. She earned her masters degree in fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her bachelor of arts Florida International University. Torres is co-director of It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions, a collaborative contemporary dance company working with media technologies, live and telematic performance in North Carolina, Washington and New York. In 2007 she was awarded the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship. She is also a recipient of a 2011 United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County Regional Artist Project Grant.
Talani’s concert work has been performed at Center for Performance Research in New York, the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival in WA, Cornucopia of the Arts Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario-Managua, Nicaragua, Florida International University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Meredith College, Peace College, the North Carolina Dance Festival 2007-08 tour, and North Carolina Dances.
Torres has danced professionally with Mia Michaels’ Miami Movement Dance Company. Her assorted commercial credits include Sabado Gigante, TV commercials and a Gloria Estefan music video.
In the fall of 2011, Talani will be co-directing the dance program at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
About her work:
When she creates choreographic work, Torres draws from life experiences, her interest in digital arts and technology, and physical impulse, to create work that is fresh, visual and physical. Her work has been described as: 
“Athletic, graceful and funky…featuring lovely off-center solo work.” (Anada S. Arnold, Spoleto Today)
The dance she will present at the Festival is Study in Frames.  In this piece, dancers stir in and out of six brilliant red frames while an overhead live feed projects their image, providing a kaleidoscope effect–a visually stunning experience sprinkled with the unexpected.
Want to see some of Talani’s other work with video projection?
For more information, visit her website: IMHBVdance.com
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