On our second episode of World Dance month your co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU-US-GE) Director of JSR Company. In this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Judith’s labyrinth of a career path across Cuba, America, and Europe. She shares the impact of dancing for Trisha Brown Dance Company, why organizing a company was a practical solution for acquiring funds and researching with collaborators, the value of framing learning outcomes for classes, and strategies for following your artistic voice.
This week on DANCE BEHIND THE SCREEN PODCAST…
[0:29] Azaria and Reyna introduce Judith
QUESTIONS WITH JUDITH
[2:09]Reyna asks: “What is your career path?”
[3:22]Azaria asks: “Can you tell us about your childhood in Cuba?”
[7:47]Azaria asks: “Did you meet Alicia Alonso?”
[11:04]Azaria asks: “Is that why you chose to move to New York for its’ modern scene?”
[12:14]Reyna asks: “So you were invited to New York by this jazz musician? Tell us more about that. What was your first impression of New York?”
[13:13]Reyna asks: “Was modern dance different from Cuba and New York?”
[15:42]Azaria asks: “Is this where you came into contact with Deborah Hay and Trisha Brown Dance Company?”
[22:26]Azaria asks: “I’m curious about your artistic vision for your company? And ‘Your Own God’ workshop?”
[34:45]Azaria asks: “Do you have advice for people who are maybe feeling like you were feeling, they know they want to follow their own artistic voice but don’t know how to go about that? What would you say to them?”
[38:19]Reyna asks: “Can you talk about that (perception as a Cuban-Black-Modern)?”
[41:28]Reyna asks: “How is that informing the work you are currently creating?”
[46:26] Reyna asks:
1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?
“Study yourself...especially now there is so much pressure from outside”
2- What was the first dance you saw?
“Danza Abierta,” https://havana-club.com/en-ww/havana-cultura/danza-abierta
3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?
4- What is your favorite social media platform?
#JudithSánchezRuíz Recommended Resources
Company- JSR Company, https://judithsanchezruiz.tumblr.com/
Festival- TDIF, https://www.tdif.dance/
School- Cuban National Ballet School Alicia Alonso, http://www.balletcuba.cult.cu/es
Company- Trisha Brown Dance Company, https://trishabrowncompany.org/
Company- DD Dorvillier, https://www.humanfuturedancecorps.org/
Company- David Zambrano, http://www.davidzambrano.org/
Company- Deborah Hay, https://dhdcblog.blogspot.com/
Company- Sasha Waltz & Guest, https://www.sashawaltz.de/en/
Company- Mal Pelo Company, https://www.malpelo.org/
Venue- Judson Church, https://movementresearch.org/
Artist- Deborah Hay, https://dhdcblog.blogspot.com/
Company- Danza Abierta, https://havana-club.com/en-ww/havana-cultura/danza-abierta