Hello beloved friends!
In a time when there is such negativity in the world, I've learned to fortify my faith by leaning on the friendships that have brought me so much inspiration and laughter throughout the years. Friendships like yours! I wanted to send you this note to catch you up on what I have been up and to hopefully reconnect with you.
This summer was capped off with three amazing performances of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Carne Viva presented by The American Dance Festival at The Joyce in NYC. Broadway.com called the performance "a multi-media romp that celebrates the choreographer's deliciously bizarre sense of humor tinged with melancholy." and Criticaldance.com found the work to be "visually stimulating, iconoclastic, at times shocking and at times hilarious, and conceived with intelligence and considerable choreographic capability.... Herrera has undeniable choreographic competence coupled with a biting, sophisticated, and irreverent sense of humor that alone is sufficient reason to see her company." .
Also in August I was lucky to be selected as an artist in residence with Broadway Dance Lab in NYC where I was free to follow whatever creative tangent I might suggest to a phenomenally versatile, talented and eager cast. It was a choreographer’s paradise. I was able to work-shop material for my newest company work as well as for my subsequent work with Houston Met Dance in October.
Here I am with the beautiful dancers of Houston Met Dance and the future star Evy Doyle.
While in residence with The Houston Met Dance Company I created a new work entitled Opening Number. Inspired by the notion that vulnerability breeds intimacy, this work is a dynamic exploration of relationships and the shifting nature of proxemics.
In November, I was honored to be announced as a United States Artists Sarah Arison Fellow. The honor recognizes the country’s most accomplished and innovative artists working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.
In February, RHDT toured to The Maui Arts and Cultural Center to present my solo work Cookie’s Kid alongside an excerpt of Dining Alone. We will performing this program closer to home April 8-9 at Dance Place in DC. Click here to buy tickets. Would love to see you there!
In March, six original short musical films that I created in collaboration with Clyde Scott were premiered as part of The New World Symphony’s immersive music series Pulse. We were invited to join the Symphony on stage for the world premiere of composer Sam Hyken’s newest work Danze Moderne alongside Miami’s own Spam All Star’s.
I hope your past 6 months have been filled with joy and that the next 6 months bring many opportunities for our paths to cross. Thank you for your continued support in all that I do. I look forward to hearing back from you and I send an immense bolt of love to you wherever you are.
With unending faith in the power of love and art,