Choreographed and directed by Alfonso Cervera, MFA candidate in Experimental Choreography
In collaboration with dancers: Ariel Green-Hill, Rebekah Johnson, Hyoin Jun, Joey Lister and Elizabeth Villalobos
Joel Smith, faculty advisor
Creating a relationship between ballet folklorico and modern dance, Poc Chuc is a dance performance that weaves machismo, labor, homoeroticism, and the Mexican-American identity through an embodied auto-biographical experience.
Alfonso Cervera is a second-year MFA graduate student in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside. Cervera has received awards such as Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, the MFA Fellowship Award, Dance Magazineaward for best choreography, and posted on LA Weekly’s blog as things to see. Cervera’s interest and research as a choreographer draw from his experiences as a folklórico dancer and the entanglement that has made in his practice of contemporary movement. He currently invests his time being a performer and collaborator with his peers Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier, Irvin Gonzalez, and Patty Huerta in Primera Generación Dance Collective, where they share similar artistic interests in the Mexican-American identity and the exposure of the desmadre (messiness).
Cervera has had various opportunities to showcase his independent work and collaborative work at the UC Riverside Culver Center of the Arts; Field Studies in New York; La Pena in Berkeley; BRAVA Ballet Arts in Riverside; Lux Boreal’s 4 x 4 in Tijuana, Mexico; The Bootleg Theater; REDCAT Center for Contemporary Arts; Brockus Project Studio; Highways Performance Space; 2016 American College Dance Festival; homeLA, Pieter Performance Space, and the ARC. Cervera continues his practice as a performer and mover as he partakes in dance companies like WXPT under taisha paggett, Intersect Dance Theatre with Sofia Carreras, WHAT Dance Theatre under Julie Satow Freeman, and is in current collaboration with Hyoin Jun.
Poc-Chuc is presented by the University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance. Alfonso Cervera created this work in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography.