Performer, choreographer and teaching artist grew up in the border of Tijuana and San Diego CA.
She has worked with dance artists and companies throughout México, the U.S. and Ecuador, including a number of projects and performances with Lux Boreal Danza Contemporánea, Allyson Green Dance, Peter Terezakis, Khosro Adibi, Cristina Baquerizo, the Indie Ballet Collaborative, Will Rawls, Rebecca Davis, acanarytorsi by Yanira Castro and Mina Nishimura. Currently she is working with Daria Fain and Cori Olinghouse.
Her work has been presented by HERE Arts Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, New York Live Arts (NYLA), NY Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), The Lumen Dance Festival, Performance Mix, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Local Produce Festival, The Ground Plan Arts Festival,The Fête De L'Hurricane at Red Bean Studios. At the Open Performance for Movement Research, multiple site-specifics in Mexico, NYC and Brooklyn, in Ecuador and at The Indie Ballet Sessions with the New York Restoration Project, where she taught a children’s movement workshop, and was featured in the New York Times.
In 2009 she received a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance from San Diego State University where she presented the full-length concert "The Art of Time Travel". That same year she attended the summer dance intensive taught by dancer and choreographer Doug Varone and his company at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York.
Upon her return to San Diego, she was invited by Professor Allyson Green to participate in 2009 Cal-Kitchen laboratory at University of California in San Diego, where she collaborated with choreographers from Romania, Latvia, England, Macedonia, and México.
Martita found a bourgeoning dance scene in Tijuana and returned to her TJ roots from 2009 to 2012. She performed in a number of events with Lux Boreal Danza Contemporánea where she was invited to join the project Puente Móvil by the dancer/choreographer Briseida Lopez and Lux Boreal. Martita was a guest artist to participate in Lux Boreal’s "Rio Tijuana" an evening length piece that was performed at Tijuana's featured theatre, CECUT.
In April 2011, she took an active role working on the international Festival Wonderland in San Diego as the liaison to the international artist from México. Martita's interest in expanding access to the arts in Tijuana led her to become involved in the Luz Roja Project; as a performer and choreographer. This urban intervention project presented short pieces of original choreography at traffic lights throughout the city of Tijuana. She was also lead organizer with Tiroteo AC by Ivan Diaz and Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea for the Fronteras México 2010 Project by Khosro Adibi, focused on teaching through the arts in marginalized communities and orphanages of Tijuana, México.
She was named a 2010-2011 PECDA Scholar as a “Young Creator” by the State of Baja California, México for her project “Union Artistica Sin Fronteras” that explored the transcendence of physical and cultural boundaries between Baja California and the United States through artistic exchange.
In December of 2011, she again performed with Lux Boreal in the production of Stravinsky's Les Noces, choreographed and directed by Allyson Green and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus at the Mandeville Auditorium UCSD.
In 2012, she was invited by Professor Allyson Green to participate in the 2012 Cal-Kitchen Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego, where she collaborated with choreographers from Latvia, England, Ireland and México.
Martita was invited, during the same year, to perform as a distinguished alumni in the 75th Anniversary of her alma mater, San Diego State University, where she presented her piece Dis Or Der. This piece was also presented at the Potiker Theater at the La Jolla Play House-UCSD and numerous locations throughout Mexico and in New York City.
She also traveled to Mexico City for the Summer to assist her boyfriend doing research he was conducting while at Yale University.
Thanks to a grant from the Mexican foundation for the arts (FONCA) she moved to New York City, where she continues to pursue art and is currently a staff member at Trisha Brown Dance Company. She teaches bilingual movement classes at the One World Project in Brooklyn, Creative Movement at Spoke the Hub, and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.
During the Summer and Fall of 2013, she presented her newest site-specific piece Mapping, at numerous gardens and parks throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn collaborating with dancers Alvaro Ignacio Gonzalez (Chile) and Nora Laitinen (Finland) and live music by Andrew Lomar (USA). Local Produce Festival (Old Stone House) - La Plaza Cultural Community Garden - Sunset Park - Target Community Garden - Hope Community Garden - and Mapping Dumbo excerpt in collaboration with film maker Carolina Larrain from Chile.
She created Ripping Up The Finish, which was presented at multiple venues throughout New York including, New York Live Arts, Open Performance at Movement Research, Fete Festival at the Red Bean Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, at the CPR's gallery pre-show performance for the Indie Ballet Collaborative and at the 5to Encuentro de Jovenes Creadores in Tijuana, MX.
Martita was selected for the competitive residency, Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts 2013-2014 where she presented Ripping Up The Finish in December.
She was also selected for the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) at the New York Foundation for the Arts working closely with Ephrat Asherie.
In January 2014, performed her newest solo work Bifur/cacion at the New York Foundation for the Arts Pangea Readings and Performances.
In March 2014, she was invited to participate at the 7th Fete de l'Hurricane at the Red Bean Studios, presenting Bifur/cación curated by Carrie Brown.
She was also awarded Outstanding Alumni of the year by her Alma matter San Diego State University where she had to give a speech during the Honors Ceremony.
During this year she was the Education and Operations Associate at the Trisha Brown Dance Company and a Production Assistant for Movement Research.
In May 2014, Martita finished her residency at the New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks for the year 2013-2014 where she presented two studies at the final informal showing at the NYLA studios.
In June, she was invited to present Mapping at the The Lumen Festival on Staten Island curated by David Terry.
She also taught movement classes for special needs children in the South Bronx as part of the New York Restoration Project Arts in the Gardens.
In the Summer of 2014, she was invited to present Ripping Up The Finish at the 5to Encuentro de Jovenes Creadores with Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea.
Martita presented Mapping : Tijuana_ at the Parque Teniente Guerrero as a community service project to her community in Tijuana with three FREE performances in August 4th and 5th 2014. Article at the San Diego Reader!
In August, she presented Bifur/cación in a roof top in Brooklyn-Bushwick at the Artsy Penthouse Rendez-Vous #1 curated by Dorothee Alemany.
In the Fall, October 2014, When she got back from Mexico and arrive back to NYC. She was invited to present Bifur/cación at Harvest and collaborated at the Mascher Space in Philadelphia with her friends and colleagues Almanac Dance Circus Theater company based in Philadelphia.
In February, she performed at NYFA in collaboration with Volker Goetze for the IAP Face to Place event and
in March she presented Bifur/cación at Judson Church.
In April, she performed at BRIC Arts Center with Daria Fain and the Commons Choir and was part of the CPR Spring Movement Festival performing ANA directed by Lisa Parra while also rehearsing for an untitled Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs choreographed by Will Rawls.
In May, Martita performed that opera with Will Rawls at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan and join Yanira Castro acanarytorsi at the LMCC's residency in Governor's Island. She again collaborated with the musician Volker Goetze, this time as a featured dancer in the music video of his newest release.
In June she presented "TJ Night" at the New York Foundation for the Arts as part of their IAP in collaboration with Lux Boreal Danza Contemporanea and also in June she performed Dis Or Der at HERE Arts Center for the Performance Mix Festival-New Dance Alliance.
She was also part of River to River with Yanira Castro acanorytorsi, performing Court/Garden at the historical Federal Hall.
In June she became a mentor-artist for the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) and She presented Bifur/cación at Open Performance Movement Research.
July-August 2015 she closed out her time working with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) after nearly three years. Her final project with the company, she oversaw planning for the Summer Dance Intensive.
In August she collaborated with the Trisha Brown Dance Company member Stuart Shugg, in a new piece Bushwick Martina presenting it at the Artsy Penthouse Rendez-Vous #2 curated by Constance Du Bois.
She spent the majority of September in Europe where she married in France.
In November she performed at Judson Church with the Commons Choir directed by Daria Fain and Robert Kocik!
fellowships & awards
2018 Mentor at the New York Foundation for the Arts IAP.
2015-2016 Mentor at the New York Foundation for the Arts IAP.
2015-2016 Assets for Artist Mass MoCA Program, New York
2014 - Outstanding Alumna of the Year from the San Diego State University Music & Dance Department
2013- NYLA Fresh Tracks Residency 2013/14, New York Live Arts, New York
2013 - NYFA Immigrant Artist Program, New York Foundation for Arts, New York, NY—2013
2012-2013 - National scholarship from FONCA: a year-long grant given by the government of México for her next project which is taking place in New York City.
2010/11 - PECDA Jóvenes Creadores Scholar: a year-long grant given by the Mexican state of Baja California for her project: "Unión Artística Sin Fronteras" as a young creator in dance. The project transcends the international border, promoting artistic exchange between artists in Baja California and the United States.