We were as struck by Aurora’s project, which worked toward a cause dear to our hearts in a language we had never heard before. - The Huffington Post
Aurora Lagattuta is a Chicago native. She has choreographed and performed across The United States, Europe, and Asia and is presently based in Southern California. Lagattuta has been presented at Theatre Row and Movement Research in New York City, Electric Lodge and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, Cindy Pritzker and the Chicago Public Library in Chicago, k77 in Berlin, The New Space in Brussels, La Caldera in Barcelona, Café de las Artes in Santander, Spain and by Malashock’s Engagement Ring, Vanguard Culture and the Mingei Museum in San Diego. She has been awarded residencies at Bali Purnati in Bali, Indonesia; Palacio de Festivales and Forn de La Calc in Spain, Shiro Oni in Onishi, Japan and at New Zealand Pacific Studios in New Zealand. Most recently, she was awarded an interdisciplinary grant for Creating Conversations between Scripps Institute of Oceanography scientists and artists from the Arts and Humanities Department at UC San Diego.
She has danced for various companies and noteworthy choreographers in New York City, Portland, Germany, and Spain. She holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Making and Performance from University of California San Diego (2019) and a B.A. in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City (2008). Her solo, Inside the Whale, toured throughout Europe, Chicago, Los Angeles and at the United Solo Festival on Broadway in NYC, where she was awarded, The Best Multi-Media Solo Award and the United Solo Award. The United Solo Award hosted Lagattuta’s solo performance at the United Solo Europe Festival in Warsaw, Poland. She is an Academy Member for United Solo, NYC, a member of the New Space Collective in Belgium and a member of San Diego Dance Connect.
Lagattuta has over 11 years of teaching experience in contemporary dance and yoga. She has taught beginners to physically and mentally disabled young adults to university students to the elderly. She also completed Stanford's Cultivate Compassion Training (CCT). She is passionate about sharing dance practices that empower all types of movers to deepen their relationships with their bodies, communities and their local environments.
T0 DANCE IS TO HEAR OUR HEART SPEAK
about my work
My work has been described as “bizarre and beautiful” as well as “transformational” and “otherworldly” by the Huffington Post.
My performances invite audience to engage with dance in non-traditional and experiential modalities. Often working site-specifically with maps, guides, and audios, the audience has permission to roam and experiment in subtle, curious and self-selected ways. In my work, performance is a place to witness oneself within a group and within a space. It is a ritual. In this way, I see performance as a means to transform and enrich our relationships through the practice of inclusivity. I believe that when time and space are taken to be with things, they positively respond and reinforce the connectivity within people and places. The thing that keeps sustaining my dancing is a kindness and a deep curiosity for nurturing the relationships and environments that I am woven within.