Artist Statement “I aim to lead a fully-connected existence; not separating my artistic, dance life from my ‘regular’ life. I attribute the continuous evolution and inspiration as an artist to my personal history, life experiences, associations, collaborations and communities. I believe that dance is a powerful communicator with the ability to promote positivity, unity, change and happiness. Dance reflects the world around us and it is my goal to strengthen this connection. To find pathways for dance to better communicate, express and inspire audiences and students alike.”
Bio Annette Barcelona is a dance professional based out of the San Diego area. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, a BFA in Dance Education from Brenau University, and is a certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor. She has over 25 years of experience in classical ballet, and over 10 years of modern dance experience. She has performed, taught and choreographed in multiple regional ballet companies, public schools, conservatories and universities in Michigan, Georgia and Florida.
Professionally, she has directed, produced and choreographed two full-length ballets in addition to numerous shorter works in the Southeastern United States. [Collide]scope, Annette’s original contemporary ballet, was chosen by Florida State University to be performed at the 2016 American College Dance Association Southeast Regional Conference. She was recently commissioned to create a new ballet on Ballet Yuma, a premiere pre-professional ballet company for the 2017 National Regional Dance America Festival.
Annette is honored to be serving on the steering committee of San Diego Dance Connect and looks forward to contributing to the Southern California dance community through performing, teaching and choreography. Annette is currently on Dance Faculty for the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.
I like to ask questions, to be bold, to be adventurous. I like to take risks. I think art should do the same and by doing so, offer up new perspectives, create an impact, and ask us to travel into unknown spaces, both as an artist and a viewer. This is where I create from. I begin by asking questions about things that resonate with me; questions like, “What does it mean to be a woman?” or “How does queer theory relate to me and the community I belong to?” Through research and conversation, I attempt to expand my perspective of these questions beyond the limits of my own experiences in order to engage in a larger dialogue with the world around me.
I am often interested in uncovering the humor, sensuality, and unrefined beauty that lay within each new work. These are qualities that I seek in life, so I seek them in my art. For me, these qualities help me find a new way to listen to the seriousness of life around me. It is not an attempt to ignore that which is serious; in fact sometimes it brings out an intensity that is unexpected, yet utterly satisfying and beautiful.
Through questioning and examining my process as an artist, the hope is to bring into fruition art that is not just a statement, but a space to engage in more questions. It hopes to expose the sometimes hidden layers of life and ask life to be viewed from a different lens.
Photo Credit: Yvonne Portra
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youTurn Contemporary Arts Exhibition 2011
Lara Segura is a bi-coastal artist with extensive experience as a professional dancer, actress, teacher, producer and choreographer. In 2005 Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from San Diego State University and was named the Outstanding Graduate in Dance. She was later named the 2012 Dance Alumni of the Year for SDSU. She is honored to have trained and performed with Mojalet Dance Collective, Malashock Dance, Patricia Sandback & Dancers, Joe Alter Dance, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, the PGK Dance Project, Braided Light Dance, Creatively Independent and Jacksonville Dance Theater. In 2011, she founded and has served as the Artistic Director of B-Dance, a contemporary dance company.She is also the co-founder and producer for IGNITE, an annual choreography showcase in San Diego, California. Currently, Lara serves as the assistant to the Artistic Director, company dancer and faculty member at Malashock Dance. In 2014 she obtained her MFA in choreography from Jacksonville University where she served as an adjunct faculty member. Whether residing on the East or West coast, Lara continually strives to support the concepts of community, ensemble, audience engagement and the accessibility of dance.