Agua Dulce Dance Theater

Agua Dulce Dance Theater (Richmond, VA) is co-directed by Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton. ADDT integrates contemporary dance, martial arts, improvisation, and somatic practices to create works that spark the imagination and provoke thought. The company engages in dance making practices that include co-creation, instant composition, and experimentation, through collaborations with artists in dance, theater, video, sound, and lighting for concert dance, museums, site-specific, and dance-for-the-camera projects. By bringing diverse groups of people together, ADDT offers a space for different voices to be heard within a collective endeavor. Recent collaborators include dance artists Marion Ramírez, Jungwoong Kim, Thayer Jonutz, Steven Iannacone, and Maida Withers; video artists KimSu Theiler and Alexis Raskin; sound artist Oliver Lyons; and musicians Andy McGraw, José Joaquín García, and Héctor “Coco” Barez.

ADDT has presented work in Festival Internacional Danz’Aquí, Puerto Rico (2005), Dance in America Series @ Abron’s Art Center (2006), Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Series (2006), Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, Mexico (2008), Blue Curtain Music and Dance Summer Series (2008), New York Dance Parade (2008 and 2010), Old Grand Rapids Public Museum (2010), Trip the Light: Ephemeral, Wealthy Theatre, MI (2011), Dance Films @ The Flea Festival (2011), Modlin Center for the Arts (2012), The Food for Thought Series at Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church (2012), RVA Street Art Festival (2013), Hunts Point Homes at BAAD! (2013), The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art (2014), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2015), The Richmond Dance Festival Films Night (2015), Pregones Theatre (2015), Richmond Dance Festival (2015 and 2016), Movement Research at The Judson Church (2016), RADFest (2017), Museo y Centro de Estudio Humanisticos, Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico (2017), and Casa de Cultura RUTH Hernandez Torres, Puerto Rico (2017).

Alicia Díaz is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater with Matthew Thornton. She has performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza: Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contemporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, Contemporary Motions, dANCEpROjECt, and Maida Withers Dance Construction Company. Her choreography has been presented in the U.S., Spain, and Latin America. Recent collaborations with percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez exploring Caribbean cultural memory and identity have been presented at Movement Research at Judson Church, the Pregones Theater in NYC, and Puerto Rico. Alicia is dance faculty at The University of Richmond.

Hiroyuki Ito