The World Dances first spoke with Rosie Herrera three years ago following her company’s first engagement at The Joyce in New York. Since then, the young and innovative choreographer’s career has been flourishing. Following an exciting year of residencies and creativity, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre is returning to The Joyce August 1 - 6 with its new work, Carne Viva.
“I fondly remember watching my first performance at The Joyce and feeling like a part of something so much bigger than myself,” says Herrera. “I never would have imagined that one day it would be my name on the marquis. It still feels like a dream. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the experiences that have brought me here and so honored to be able to be an advocate for my community outside of Miami. “
The August Joyce program will feature the new work, Carne Viva, and Herrera’s first work, Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret. “I think it quite fitting to pair these two pieces together as they both represent times in my life of great growth and transition, eight years apart. I have been saying for a long time that I feel my creative process has been shifting in a new direction and this new work sits in the middle of that evolution,” explains Herrera. “Although it is already very different from my previous choreography in its visual simplicity and exhausting physicality, I sense that I have some ways to go before it feels fully complete. I am excited for what this new process can reveal for me personally, and I hope it will bring more dimension to my entire creative vision.”
Some of the evolutions in Herrera’s creative process might stem from the meaningful opportunities she’s earned to work with mentors. In May, Rosie participated in the prestigious Bessie Schonberg Legacy Choreography Residency program at The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard. “I was mentored by the brilliant David Brick of Headlong Theater whose advice and wisdom is still resonating with me today. (side note- It was pretty surreal to have the enigmatic Eiko and Koma as roommates!”
Herrera’s work was vibrant and engaging when we first saw her company three years ago. It will be exciting to watch this exciting artist continue to grow and share her unique vision with new audiences. For more about her Joyce performance this month, click here.