"Powerful, Illuminating, Emotionally Engaging"
Jim Julien, Director, Asheville FringeArts

Photo Credit to Jenny Wheat
Dancer/choreographer Maura Garcia collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (non-enrolled Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. She collaborates to create multi-media, interactive shows and engage via arts projects and experiential workshops involving everyone in the creative process.  

Maura uses her art to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.      FULL BIOGRAPHY    |   AWARDS

Core Collaborating Artists:
Mark Gabriel Little (MGL)
MGL specializes in creating sound and music for the performing arts, film and gallery exhibitions. Seeking to meld the soft cries of the natural world, noise from everyday life and rhythms from around the world, works are created in close collaboration with other artists. Recent examples include "1705," created for a Beijing-based choreographer, relying exclusively on sounds produced by a bicycle; and "Warriors," created for Maura Garcia Dance, which combines live-recorded rhythms of crickets and bamboo flutes. As a solo artist, MGL is a soul-pop-experimental phenomenon. This contemporary one-man-band performs with the voice, analog synths and cannibalized beat machines.  http://4mgl.bandcamp.com/

 Olivia C. Davies is an independent dance artist, choreographer, and community arts facilitator whose work investigates the body’s dynamic ability to transmit narrative. Davies trained at York University, and in 2006, she co-founded Toronto’s MataDanze Collective where she co-created numerous revolutionary dance-theatre works and movement workshops. She is a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction award (2011) for her work with MataDanze. Commissioned to choreograph and perform for open-air stages, galas, gallery openings, and music videos, Davies collaborates with artists to bring stories to life. Her choreography has adapted words by E.E. Cummings, Khalil Gibran, Julie JC Peters, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Carmen Aguirre and has been presented throughout Ontario, Quebec, and BC. Davies has interpreted work by Art For Impact, Body Narratives Collective, Dancers of Damelahamid, Maura Garcia Dance, Starrwind Dance Projects, and Circadia Indigena Aboriginal Arts Collective. Davies facilitates dance and storytelling workshops, creating safe spaces where women are empowered through movement. She honours her mixed Metis, Anishnawbe, Welsh heritage in her practice.  www.oliviacdavies.ca

Amado Espinoza
His interest for music awoke at the age of eight, participating in the military band of his primary school, playing instruments of the Andean region, like the Sikus (Sanqa y Malta).  At the age of 16 he began formal studies in music at the Andrés Bello Institute, where he studied classical guitar. He continued his musical education at the Conservatory Milan in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while investigating ethnic instruments from various cultures, like the African djembé, the Bolivian charango, and the Australian didgeridoo.  Later he perfected his skills in musical appreciation and musical history with the Professor Alberto Iporre Salinas, ex chairman of the Conservatory of Hungary, and in charango at the Amerindia Academy.  In 2000 he dedicated himself to the investigation, recuperation, interpretation, and construction of native instruments from different parts of the world, resulting in the establishment of the Museum of Musical Instruments for the Foundation Luis Ernesto of the Andes, in Marquina, Quillacollo, Bolivia, housing over 500 pieces from six continents.  He founded Tribu Kona in 2002, producing four albums and performing on various stages in Latin America.  He was in-house composer for the Circus Theatre El Tapeque between 2011-2012 (El Duende, Viajeros, Amor – Es) and composed the music to the award-winning play Mocambo among various commercial and independent productions.  Since his arrival to Kansas City, MO in 2014, Amado has been seen on TEDxKC, TEDxYouth, Folk Fest, and has been featured with many local bands. He is a recipient of an ArtsKC inspiration grant and Charlotte St. Resident. He is also musical director of the Latin American band, Ayllu.  www.amadoespinoza.com