“hard-hitting, hypnotizing” Heather Desaulniers/Critical Dance 2016
Alma’s work turned the proposition of “political” into movement exploration that altered a sense of space and time – and by calling attention to our subjectivity (to our experience of self within an environment) this shifted what we know to be “true” or “real” or “valid”. Kate Mattingly/Baywatch 2016
Artist Statement: I create structures that encourage conversation and energetic exchange between performer and viewer. The work concerns itself with the female body, it’s personal narrative and the environment in which the dance inhabits.
Alma Esperanza Cunningham’s work is smart, subversive, transgressive and highly individualized. She challenges accepted conventions of what the female body should and should not do.
Biography: Esperanza-Cunningham uses form to explore deeper questions about humanity and femininity. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks. After moving back to San Francisco from New York, she formed her company Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement (AECM). Alma has been an Artist in Residence at ODC, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, and has partnered with Robert Moses in CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange), a program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Alma received a GOLDIE (SF Bay Guardian’s Outstanding Local Discovery) award in 2004. From 2007 to 2012, she stepped away from making work to focus on personal health issues and motherhood. This period away inspired her to focus on personal narrative, creating movement essays carved out of a shared experience. The relationship between dancer and choreographer is the dance itself.
“Always wielding a potent force, whether barefoot or wearing high heels.” New York Times/Claudia La Rocco