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Stories from Home Audition annocement

07.11.2024

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

09.07.2024

PHOENIX, AZ

Safos Dance Theatre is holding open auditions for highly skilled and experienced dancers with a strong technical background for paid company positions for the national tour of Stories from Home. Company and Apprentice positions are available. Position requires a two-year commitment. Contract runs from January 2025-December 2026.

Searching for dancers with strong technical background in modern or contemporary dance with integrity, strong artistry, and exceptional performance skills. Dancers must be open to performing on traditional concert dance stages as well as outside in the desert, in museums, in classrooms, in hotels, and in high school auditoriums. Looking for dancers who are easy going, flexible, kind, open, and authentic. Dancers must be willing to try new foods, meet new people, and devise work with community dancers. Looking for dancers who possess a love of travel (especially road trips). A willingness to be involved in the behind the scenes aspect of the tour is a must. 

Auditions will include learning phrases taught in person and learning from video. Rehearsal blocks and performance information will be provided in advance with rehearsals occurring in Phoenix, AZ.

Requirements:

  • Must be ages 18+

  • Must be willing and capable to travel domestically and internationally for performances

  • Must be available to travel to rehearsals in Phoenix and other locations throughout the Southwest

  • Must be eligible to work for a US-based employer and hold a valid passport

  • Must be able to learn from video

  • Must be self motivated 

  • Must be comfortable, respectful and positive while working in new communities 

  • Must be able to communicate clearly and in a timely manner and maintain an up-to-date dancer calendar for touring

Preferred:

  • Dancers with previous touring experience

  • Bilingual Spanish/English

  • Dancers available to travel for long periods of time 

  • Dancers willing to drive and hold a valid US license

For questions and more information, please contact: baylie@yvonnemontoya.co

About the project: Stories from Home  is a series of dances embodying the oral traditions of Nuevomexicano, Chicano, and Mexican American communities in the American Southwest. Choreographer Yvonne Montoya, a 23rd-generation Nuevomexicana, and an all-Mexican American cast of dancers draw upon personal histories and ancestral knowledge, including stories from Montoya’s great-grandmother, grandmother, great-aunts, and father. With palpable theatricality, moving spoken word, a movement aesthetic informed by vibrant ancestral and contemporary sources, and universal themes of love, family, and home, Stories from Home  brings largely underrepresented Southwest Latino American experiences and histories to the stage. Themes in Stories from Home include: The Bracero Program, 1940s Americanization programs, the creation of the Atomic Bomb in Northern New Mexico, family, love, and querencia.

About the company: Safos was founded in 2009 by Yvonne Montoya (Nuevomexicana/Xicana) and Michele Orduña (Tohono O’Odham) to provide a space for dance artists with the aim of moving towards racial, ethnic and geographic equality in dance. Safos’ mission is to create contemporary artistic forms that reflect the common experiences of our diverse community. Focusing predominantly on Latine dance artists, Safos focuses on encouraging innovative movements and embracing the use of aesthetics and art forms unique to the Southwest to represent the cultural diversity of the US/Mexico borderlands.

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2024 Sizzle Reel

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Stories from Home

Premiere at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, DC on October 28th, 2023.

For booking information, please contact Jason Lopez at jason@yvonnemontoya.co

Artistic Director: Yvonne Montoya

Dancers: Ruby Morales, Esteban Rosales, Lauren Jimenez, Zarina Mendoza-Orduño, David Bernal-Fuentes

with Yvonne Montoya and Salvador Martínez-Montoya

Rehearsal Assistant: Delia Ibañez, Baylie MacRae

Lighting Designer: Clint Bryson

Music: Samuel Peña with a song by Salvador Martínez-Montoya

Digital Animator: Wesley Creigh

Costumes: Kelsey Vidic, Mary Leopo + Team Dance

Sizzle Reel: Baylie MacRae

- Touring Timeline -

4.21.2024

TAOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Taos Community Auditorium 

Taos, NM

04.19.2024 + 4.20.2024

SU TEATRO

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Denver, AZ

03.03.2024

BORDER ARTS CORRIDOR

James A. Brenden Douglas High School Auditorium

Douglas, AZ

NEW MEXICO TECH PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

Macey Center Theatre

Socorro, NM

03.01.2024

10.28.2023 + 10.29.2023

WORLD PREMIERE

GALA Hispanic Theatre 

Washington, D.C.

02.08.2023

SOFT PREMIERE

Community Performance & Art Center

Green Valley, AZ

- Workshops -

04.16.2024

Writing, Storytelling & Movement Workshop

Working Classroom

Albuquerque, NM

04.14.2024

Storytelling Workshop

Fuller Lodge Art Center

Los Alamos, NM

04.12.2024

Mini Performance

Wildflower Playhouse

Taos, NM

04.11.2024

Modern Dance + Devised Choreography

Taos High School

Taos, NM

04.11.2024

Writing for High School Students 

Taos High School

Taos, NM

04.10.2024

Writing & Storytelling 

Wildflower Playhouse

Taos, NM

04.10.2024

Modern Dance 

Wildflower Playhouse

Taos, NM

01.11.2024

Storytelling & Spotlight Performance: Siglos. Sueños. Sefarad.

Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center

Tucson, AZ

12.02.2023

Artist Talk & Spotlight Performance: Mestiza Mulata de Analco & Unspoken

Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art

Scottsdale, AZ

04.13.2023

Storytelling + Luminaria Making & Spotlight Performance: Tecolote

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe, AZ

06.17.2023

Storytelling & Spotlight Performance: Mestiza Mulata de Analco, Deslenguadas &

Siglos. Sueños. Sefarad. 

Fiesta Latina Cultural Event

Silver City, NM

2023 Sizzle Reel

Community Performance & Art Center

Stories from Home

Soft premiere at Community Performance & Art Center in Green Valley, AZ on February 8th, 2023.

For booking information, please contact Jason Lopez at jason@yvonnemontoya.co

Artistic Director: Yvonne Montoya

Dancers: Ruby Morales, Esteban Rosales, Lauren Jimenez, Zarina Mendoza-Orduño, David Bernal-Fuentes

with Yvonne Montoya and Salvador Martínez-Montoya

Rehearsal Assistant: Delia Ibañez, Baylie MacRae

Lighting Designer: Clint Bryson

Music: Samuel Peña with a song by Salvador Martínez-Montoya

Digital Animator: Wesley Creigh

Costumes: Kelsey Vidic, Mary Leopo + Team Dance

Sizzle Reel: Dances with Tech LLC

Workshop & 
Performance

Tempe Center for the Arts

"Stories from Home centers Nuevomexicana, Xicana, and Mexican American bodies, aesthetics, and experiences from the U.S. Southwest on concert dance stages, where such themes and aesthetics are rarely seen,” comments choreographer Yvonne Montoya.

Custom Workshops

Safos Dance Theatre

Do you want to bring the joy of dance to your community?

Transform your community with our customizable  workshop series. Whether you're looking for  dance, movement, storytelling, writing, oral histories and more! 

Why Choose Us?

 

  • Tailored Programs: Customized to fit your community’s needs.

 

  • Expert Instructors: Professional dancers with years of experience.

 

  • Fun & Engaging: Perfect for all ages and skill levels.


Contact us today to plan an unforgettable experience for your community!

Oppenheimer
& Contemporary Dance?

Choreographer Yvonne Montoya created the dance “Pajarito” as part of the evening length work “Stories from Home”. The dance illustrates Yvonne's journey of grappling with her father's illness and ultimate demise due to exposure to hazardous materials at Los Alamos laboratory. The work highlights historical context from her Nuevomexicana perspective. The connection between Oppenheimer and "Pajarito" serves as a reminder of the human toll that scientific advancements can exact.

Press

Yvonne Montoya - On New Mexico Querencia through her latest work: Stories From Home

- Where We Meet: Conversations from New Mexico and Beyond (2024)

Yvonne Montoya, Stories from Home

- COLORES! Season 30, Episode 8 | New Mexico PBS (2024) 

"Telling Her Family’s Story through Dance"

- Stance on Dance (2024)

 

"Don’t Miss ‘Leyendas de mi tierra (Stories from Home)’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre"

- The Georgetowner (2023)

"Embodying Untold Histories"

- Fjord Review (2023)

"WPFW - Latino Media Collective | Friday, October 20, 2023"

- The Latino Media Collective (2023)

"Gala Hispanic Theatre presents Yvonne Montoya’s Stories from Home"

- Dance Informa Digital Magazine (2023)

"WASHINGTON, DC: Choreographer Yvonne Montoya Spotlights Untold Latino Stories"

- The Dance Enthusiast (2023)

"GALA Hispanic Theatre presenta «LEYENDAS DE MI TIERRA»"

- Latine Opinion Baltimore (2023)

"GALA Hispanic Theatre Presents the World Premiere of Choreographer Yvonne Montoya's STORIES FROM HOME"

- Broadway World (2023)

"Stories about finding- and making- peace."

- Arizona Spotlight (2023) 

"In Tucson, Latinx Dancers Honor Migrant Stories From the Borderlands"

- If Cities Could Dance: Season 5 | KQED Arts Article (2022)

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