Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Danza Orgánica

Danza Orgánica (DO) is a Boston-based Contemporary Dance Theater company founded in 2007 by Afro Borikua artist Marsha Parrilla. In 2019, DO was awarded the Outstanding Community Arts Collaboration Award in Dance, by Arts/Learning Organization.
Danza Orgánica unfolds societal issues through intensive research and collaboration, and embodies these findings to create challenging and honest dance theater. DO reaches within the ordinary and extraordinary movements of the body- to produce complex, refreshing, and engaging dance-theater performances. We transcend disciplines, combining different art forms, while still retaining a primacy for dance and movement.

 

Mission

We are intrepid and resilient. We take risks and dance stronger together. We strive to leave our community better than we inherited it. We are in solidarity with underrepresented voices that face the “isms”. Love and social justice are our foundation. We rewrite our stories through creative movement that de-colonizes our bodies and reinvents our way of experiencing the world within an anti-racist framework.

Danza Orgánica supports women’s rights. We bring this to light with our annual festival: We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts.

 

Vision

Through dance-theater, Danza Orgánica envisions an equitable society free of oppression. We provide educational and performance opportunities for the community through workshops, lecture demonstrations, and our annual festival. We engage in meaningful collaborations, and work directly with the community through intentional partnerships. We honor process as the key element in our creative work, and share all stages of our creative process with the community.

“Danza Orgánica is bountiful in its joy, trenchant in its commentary, and spiritual in the stillness within the movement.” Pamela Thayer

 

Additional Links: 
Recent collection of DO performances.
Creative Residency at Jacob's Pillow.
Creative Residency at Jacob's Pillow.

I Have Worked With

  • August 2018

    August 20-September 1, 2018 Creative Residency at The Yard as a Bessie Schonberg Fellow.

    2018- present time: Community Patnership toward the creation of We Are Here- between The Yard, DO, and the Aquinnah Cultural Center. 

    2020-21- Projected Premiere of We Are Here (COVID timeline)

  • February 2017

    Pending: Community Engagement partnership via Pittsfield Moves (2020- on hold due to COVID)

    Performance at the Inside/Out Festival- July 2017.

    Creative Development Residency: February 20-16, 2017.

    Community engagement workshop: Dance for Social Justice, and a lecture demonstration based on Running in Stillness. 2017.

     

     

  • May 2016

    Invited to be part of the Neighborhood Salon Luminary Artist as a Luminary (first cohort 2016). 

    Since then:

    • performed as an individual artist in many of their programming engagements 
    • have featured Danza Orgánica at Calderwood Hall several times
    • was commisioned to create an original work with DO in response to their Sarcophagus exhibit
    • co-produced and performed at Indigenous People's Day (2019) 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Marsha
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer
Mailing Address: 
30 Atherton Street
Boston, MA 02119
Physical Address: 
30 Atherton Street
Boston, MA 02119
Last Name: 
Parrilla
Phone: 
(718) 288-9096

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Folk
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Ethnic / World
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2007
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Exhibitions
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Boston Dance Alliance, Tony Williams Dance Center, Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Jose Mateo Ballet Theater
Education: 
African Dance (different styles), Afro Brazilian/Samba, Afro Caribbean, Ballet, Bomba y Plena, Capoeira Angola, Contact Improvisation, Dance Improvisation, Drama/Dance Theater, Dunham Technique, Experimental Dance, Flamenco, Jazz, Modern, Salsa, Taiko Dr
M.A. Dance/Dance Education, January 2004, New York University - NY, NY; B.A. Modern Languages May 1998, University of Puerto Rico - San Juan, PR; Training: African Dance
Awards: 
Awarded a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow. February 20-26, 2017.
Recipient of New England Dance Fund, awarded by the New England Foundation for the Arts, 2016
Selected as Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Neighborhood Salon 2016-2017 (by nomination only)
Recipient of scholarship for the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, 2016
Recipient of New England Foundation of the Arts' Creative City Grant, for the project: Running in Stillness, 2016-2017.
Recipient of a Festival Programs Grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council towards the annual festival: We Create! Celebrating Women in the Arts, 2016.
Space Grant at Tony Williams Ballet, 2015-2016; Featured at the Boston Neighborhood Network program: Around Town- for the festival We Create: Celebrating Women in the Arts, 2015; Green Street Studios company residency, 2014-2015
Creative City Grantee/Alum Network
Recipient of Brother Thomas Fellowship, 2017
Recipient of Next Steps Grant (tBf) 2018
Recipient of LAB Grants (2017, 2018)
Awarded a Creative Development Residency at The Yard, 2017
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
Danza Orgánica awarded the Outstanding Community Arts Collaboration Award in Dance, from Arts/Learning. 2019.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Open space suitable for dance.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$5,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$100,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
17

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - English as a Second Language
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Media
Theater
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
MA in Dance Education, NYU
Massachusetts Certified Dance Teacher K-12
Fee Range Minimum: 
$100
Fee Range Maximum: 
$10,000