about

///

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (b. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a theater & film director, filmmaker, performer, visual artist and educator, whose work melds experimental ethnography and embodied performance in order to decentralize canonical narratives and reimagine our individual & collective histories.  Natalia’s practice centers on excavating imagined & archived history, collective memory and personal mythology through collaborative research, rehearsal and filmmaking processes. Her methodologies seek to challenge modes of creating live performance and film, examining how the event of spectating embodied narratives addresses the geopolitical, social and cosmological context where the work is presented. She usually collaborates with non-trained performers and artists in her films, installations and theatrical works. 

She earned an MFA in 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. Her work is part of the KADIST collection, and she has been a resident artist at the Fonderie Darling (Montréal, QC), Miami Light Project (Florida), Beta-Local (Puerto Rico), and Konvent in Catalonia, Spain. She is a 2021 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and will be part of Amant Foundation’s inaugural residency program in 2022. Her work has been supported by the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, National Association of Latino Artists, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent exhibitions, screenings and performances include: “Retiro” at the Seoul Museum of Art in Korea & Beta-Local in Puerto Rico; “ La Ruta” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago & Pública in Santurce, Puerto Rico ; & [anti gone], a theatrical adaptation of Sophokles’ text translated by Anne Carson and presented at the Walt Disney Modular Theatre in California. She currently teaches at the Bard Microcollege.

Natalia developed her practice nomadically between Puerto Rico, New York, Montréal, Miami, and Germany, but is currently based between Bayamón, Puerto Rico (her eternal permanent address) and Los Angeles, California.

///

To know what’s happening NOW click here

( for screener passwords, contact me)

Director’s Reel available upon request

instagram

///

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 y Alemania, pero actualmente está radicada entre Bayamón, Puerto Rico y Los Angeles, California.

***