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Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a theater artist, filmmaker, performer and visual artist whose work reconstructs history through a transdisciplinary approach to research, form and narrative. Melding theatrical performance, intuitive experimental ethnography, and collaborations with non-professional performers, Natalia’s practice centers on excavating imagined and archived history, decentralizing canonical narratives through embodied reenactments, and challenging the prioritization of written history by foregrounding instead the creation of new mythologies. Her methodologies seek to redefine how performance and film are experienced in live time, and examine how the event of spectating embodied narratives is influenced by the sociopolitical, geographical & metaphysical context where they are created. She usually collaborates with non-professional performers and artists in her films and performance-works.  

She earned an MFA in Theatre Directing  from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in Drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Residencies and fellowships include: Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship ( Washington DC, 2022) , Amant Foundation (NY, 2022), Mass Moca Studio Residency, (North Adams, 2022), Fonderie Darling (Montréal, 2016), Miami Light Project (Florida), Beta-Local (Puerto Rico), and Konvent in Catalonia, Spain. Her work is part of the KADIST collection, and her films and performances have been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museo Cabañas (Guadalajara, MX), TEA Espacio de las Artes en Tenerife (Canary Islands), SeMa(Seoul, Korea), The Flaherty Seminar, USF Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa), Walt Disney Modular Theatre in California, among other venues, festivals and performance venues internationally. Her work has been supported by NALAC, Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Cal Arts Center for New Performance, and the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. She is faculty at MICA (Baltimore) and Bard Microcollege.

Natalia was born in Puerto Rico, developing her practice nomadically between Puerto Rico, New York, Montréal, Miami, Los Angeles and Germany, but is currently based in Puerto Rico.

any inquiries can be directed to : natalia.lassalle.m@gmail.com

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Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (b. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico) Directora de teatro , cineasta, performera, artista visual y educadora. Su trabajo integra modos documentales, autobiográficos y performáticos para decentralizar narrativas tradicionales y reimaginar nuestra historia, subconsciente e identidad individual y colectiva. Está interesada en historias que encarnan nuestra relación a narrativas ancestrales y territoriales, memorias, archivos olvidados, duelos, desarraigos y el estado continúo de “entremedio” del puertorriqueño.  Su metodología busca retar modos convencionales de presentar film y teatro, examinando como el acto presenciar performance aborda el contexto geopolítico, cosmológico y popular donde se presenta. Tiende a colaborar con actores y performeros sin entrenamiento formal en sus films, instalaciones y obras teatrales.

Recibió su BFA del Experimental Theatre Wing the New York University y su MFA en Dirección de Teatro/Film de California Institute of the Arts.  Sus obras, performances y films se han presentado en los Estados Unidos (Nueva  York, Los Angeles, Nueva Orleans y Miami) e internacionalmente en teatros, salas y museos en Corea, Alemania, España, Puerto Rico, Cuba y Québec. Su trabajo es parte de la colección de KADIST en San Francisco/Paris, y ha sido artista en residencia en el Fonderie Darling (Montréal), Miami Light Project y Miami Theatre Center (Florida), Beta-Local ( San Juan, PR) y Konvent (Cataluña). Es recipiente del Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship(2021) y de la residencia de Amant Foundation en Nueva York (2022). Sus exhibiciones y presentaciones recientes incluyen: “Retiro” en el Museo de Arte de Seúl, Corea (2019) , Beta-Local , Bayamón, Puerto Rico (2018) y el Miami Theatre Center (2017) ; [Anti] [gone] , una adaptación teatral del texto de Sophokles’ traducido por Anne Carson y presentado en el Walt Disney Modular Theatre en California (2019); “holguín, hialeah”, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL (2019); “La Ruta del Progreso”, Pública, Santurce, Puerto Rico (2018). Su trabajo ha sido apoyado por instituciones tales como el National Endowment of the Arts, Foundation of Contemporary Arts, el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña y NALAC.

Natalia desarrolló su practica nomadicamente entre Puerto Rico, Nueva York, Miami, Montréal, Los Angeles y Alemania, pero actualmente está radicada en Puerto Rico.

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