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July 22 to 25, 2020

Indigenous Women Artists Residency | 3rd Annual

Presented online in partnership with PEPATIÁN.

Bringing Copper & Sunflowers — 2020 Digital Residency

Pregones/PRTT is proud to partner with Jane Gabriels and PEPATIÁN for the first digital edition of their annual Indigenous Women Artists Residency, a project co-directed with Caridad de La Luz, on July 22-25, 2020.

This border-crossing gathering raises the visibility of self-identified Indigenous women artists by providing virtual space to share knowledge through conversation, creative workshops, informal showings, and opportunities to reflect, rejuvenate, and reconnect with the rivers and green spaces of The Bronx, and with its people.

Culminating in online performances and public dialogue, this third installment provides the artists with novel ways to build bridges and deepen connections for First Nation peoples from British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, to the Boogie Down, NYC’s greenest borough.

In June of last year, Caridad de La Luz, Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Theater and Performance, visited Vancouver to participate in Olivia C. Davies’ Matriarchs Uprising Festival. The digital residency at Pregones evolved from this prior meeting and a research trip to Haida Gwaii.

Live Online Event – JULY 25 at 6:30pm Eastern

The highlight event on Saturday, July 25, 2020, features an international and inter-nation gathering of performing artists from across Turtle Island (North America) offering recent performance works and conversation. Presentation features in-development reading of Caridad de La Luz’s From Poor to Rico.

  • CARIDAD DE LA LUZ – Taino – The Bronx, NY
  • OLIVIA C. DAVIES – Anishinaabe from Algonquin Territory – Vancouver, BC
  • JESSICA McMANN – Cree – Cowessess, SK
  • CYNTHIA PANIAGUA – Andean and Taino – Queens, NY

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Pepatián and Pregones/PRTT gratefully acknowledge our privilege to be able to work and create on the traditional and ancestral lands and waters of the Weckquasgeek and the Siwanoy Nations.



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CARIDAD DE LA LUZ (she/her), aka La Bruja, is a multi-faceted performer named in the “Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know” (La Respuesta). Known as a “Bronx Living Legend,” Caridad received a Citation of Merit from the Bronx Borough President and The Edgar Allan Poe Award from The Bronx Historical Society. She has performed at The Apollo, Lincoln Center, Gracie Mansion, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, City Hall in New York City and international venues. Since her 1996 debut performance at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café, she hosts Monday Night Open Mics, and was a lead in the successful Off Broadway musical I LIKE IT LIKE THAT. Caridad is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, and is cultivating her own art space in the Soundview area of The Bronx called “El Garaje,” and creating a new full-evening length work, From Poor to Rico. 


OLIVIA C. DAVIES is a dance artist, choreographer, community-arts facilitator and emerging curator of Anishinaabe, French-Canadian, Finnish and Welsh heritage. Davies’ works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. Her first full-length work Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone (2017) blends Contemporary dance, theatre, and street culture through an Indigenous lens.  Her recent choreographic explorations are driven by a desire to explore neo-traditional aspects of her Indigeneity. Originally from Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Davies work is currently based in Vancouver, BC, Canada on the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. She’s the Artistic Director of O.Dela Arts.


JESSICA McMANN is a Cree (Cowessess, SK) musician, contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is also a classically trained flutist, with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary. Her research focus has been contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation. She has successfully defended her thesis for her MFA  – Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.  Her recent compositions and soundscapes explore Indigenous identity and history.  She has been dancing fancy shawl, jingle and hoop dance for 17 years, and has had the opportunity to present contemporary and traditional work at festivals across western Canada, and tour northern Europe. Currently her personal experience, Two-Spirit identity, Cree and Blackfoot language, and the strength of Indigenous women guide her current contemporary dance work.


CYNTHIA PANIAGUA is a dancer, choreographer, and educator whose work reflects her Peruvian and Puerto Rican ancestral heritage. She was raised in New York City where she earned a B.A. in Dance at Hunter College and a M.A. in Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is a Fulbright scholar who studied at Peru’s two leading folkdance institutions Jose Maria Arguedas and Universidad de San Marcos. Her dance research led her to journey along the Peruvian coast, Andes and Amazon, where she lived and studied with living masters of Peruvian dance.  Her experience was filmed in the PBS aired documentary Soy Andina. She then returned to Peru with the movie, dance performances and workshops as part of the biggest cultural exchange tour ever organized by the U.S. Embassy.  Her full length works Nawpakuna, and Despierta Perú were performed throughout Peru and the U.S. and has aired on NBC, Univision, PBS, NatGeo and Peruvian national TV. Cynthia has choreographed for Circo Etno’s El vuelo del cóndor and Paukartanpu, Peruvian theater spectaculars based on Andean ritual dance and heritage. In 2019, her choreographic work was commissioned  by the UN Symphony Orchestra as for the musical El Cóndor Pasa – Andean Hope by Dante Valdez.   Her choreographic style interweaves contemporary movement and Peruvian traditional dance, highlighting Andean cosmovision and history.  This dance language goes beyond traditional boundaries and explores the heart of her ancestral past and its relationship with present day Latin American cultural realities. Cynthia now divides her time between NYC and Peru, where she performs and teaches her signature contemporary style and Peruvian folkdance workshops at various universities, dance institutions and cultural events. She is launching her company KAYPACHA Dance in 2020 and is honored to continue this amazing ancestral dance journey.  “The journeys are part of my quest in order to respect the legacy my ancestors through dance and share that energy with my audience.”

Our Esteemed Funders – Click To Open

This international Indigenous Women Artists 2020 gathering is supported, in part, by The Jerome Foundation, and public funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Bronx Council on the Arts, and the generosity of individual donors to Pepatián, Additional support provided by Made in BC – Dance On Tour,

This program is also made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Our Stage Garden Rumba initiative is generously funded by Con Edison. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of Pregones/PRTT. For a full list of our funders, visit

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Event Details

  • Location

    Online via Zoom.

  • Date & Time

    Public Event:
    July 25, 2020 @ 6:30pm

  • Collaborators

    Produced by

    Co-directed by
    Caridad de La Luz
    Jane Gabriels


    Caridad De La Luz
    Olivia C. Davies
    Jessica McMann
    Cynthia Paniagua