An immersive photography, dance and sound performance exploring the multilayered Brooklyn nightlife scene and the essence of the people and relationships that exist in this world.
Valeria Gonzalez in collaboration with the dancers
Luis Nieto Dickens
Set Design & Styling:
un.hide is a collaboration between VALLETO, Luis Nieto Dickens, Cassie Mills, K. Alexis and THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE
Designer by profession and music curator by passion. K. Alexis is the solo project of Karen Alexis, a Mexican House DJ with a taste for sexy, catchy beats. As part of the DJ duo Fleurs du Mal, she has been luring people to the dance floor since 2012, traveling around Mexico to light up bars, clubs, festivals and brand events with her dark, funky vibes. Her sound can be characterized by deep and tech house grooves that get feet moving and pulses racing.
DANIELLE ALVAREZ, originally from Miami, Florida began her dance training at Miami City Ballet. She later continued her training in ballet, as well as jazz, contemporary and hip hop with Stars Dance Company before being accepted into the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase where she graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time there, Danielle performed works by Gregory Dolbashian, Adam Barruch, Loni Landon and Shannon Gillen, the latter two also being performed at New York Live Arts in NYC. Upon moving to NYC in 2015, Danielle has worked with Réco Dance as well as adding acting to her accolades working on an indie film upstate entitled 'When the Last Leaf Falls'. Danielle attended Springboard Danse Montréal in the summer of 2016 where she was thrilled to perform works by Ohad Naharin and Elia Mrak. Danielle is excited to join VALLETO for their fourth season.
Quetzal is a NYC based dancer and visual artist. Trained in classical, modern and contemporary dance, by the prestigious schools; Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey(México) and Alonzo King LINES Ballet School(San Francisco). After concluding his education, he relocated to New York City where the vibrant flow of the place made him want to dig into visceral and self-experience based approaches to dance. Currently he is also working on personal dance/visual projects where he intends to portrait the involvement of a queer latin immigrant during such turbulent times in the United States of America. Quetzal is excited to make his debut with VALLETO on their 4th season.
GIANNA DIGIAROLAMO was born and raised in Queens, New York. She first began her dance training in jazz and musical theater at her local dance studio, Landrum School of Dance, at the age of 3. She went on to expand her training at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school in Astoria, New York, where she studied ballet and modern. From there, Gianna continued to pursue her passion and explore modern and contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, graduating with the class of 2016. Gianna has had the privilege to work with and perform pieces by several contemporary choreographers including MADboots, Jessica Lang, Jon Ole Olstad and Ori Flomin, and has also had the opportunity to perform in classical modern masterpieces such as Jerome Robbins' NY Export: Opus Jazz, Jose Limon's A Choreographic Offering and Martha Graham's Chronicle. Gianna joined VALLETO in March 2017, for the company's fourth season. In addition to dancing with VALLETO, she continues to freelance as both a dancer and choreographer.
In 2011 she moved to Switzerland to pursue a professional dance program at the school Zürich Tanz-Theater-Schule (ZTTS) where she trained ballet, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and flamenco dance. During her first year in school she became part of the cast in Michelle Mattle’s dance show Pandora und das Feuer and Ritual Warriors directed by Prisca Pfister. She also participated in hip-hop showcases with the choreographers Debbie Zehnder and Saeed Hosseini. In 2014 she moved to New York City to continue her dance career, she had the privilege to work with the choreographers: Mickey Sakai, Marijke Eliasberg, Julia Ehrstrand, Dionna Priedgon and Cristina Cortés. Currently she is part of three different companies Time Lapse Dance with Jody Sperling, JP Dance Group with Julie Petrusak and recently she became part of VALLETO with Valeria González.
KRISTEN HEDBERG, born and raised in Richmond, VA, was magnetically drawn to dance at an early age. She enrolled in the Professional Training Program at the Martha Graham School in New York, NY from 2016-2017, where she also worked as a School Assistant. Training at Graham fulfilled her senior year as a BFA Contemporary Dance major at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; her BFA was achieved in May 2017. Kristen is thrilled to join VALLETO, as the company embarks on its fourth season! She has also had the pleasure of volunteering at performances with the Martha Graham Studio Theatre, Curet Performance Project, and The Joyce Theatre.
VALERIA Y. GONZALEZ is the founder and artistic director of contemporary dance-theater company VALLETO. VALLETO is one of the most sought out emerging dance-theater companies in New York and Mexico with an eager and supportive community that has been following the company since its inception. Valeria is currently in the process of creating season 4 which will premiere in November 2017. Valeria has also choreographed, and directed tree evening length seasons for VALLETO in New York and Brooklyn. And was also commissioned by HERE Arts Center in 2015. Her unique and evolving artistic language has inspired, and created a culture that celebrates the individuality of the dancer. And fuses dance-theater, fashion, visual arts, and a taste of Valeria’s Mexican culture into one experience. As a Mexican/American dance artist her passion is to nurture and celebrate diversity in each and one of VALLETO events. Valeria passion is making theatrical work that explores collectively what the unconscious mind hides in the body, and as a political being her aim is creating specific work that truly matters and that leaves a transformative experience. Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Juarez, Mexico, Valeria’s passion for dance led her to embark on a journey in professional dance programs such as Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, and The Ailey School in New York. Valeria also graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts and TV Production from the New York Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, she worked full time for NBC New York as their Production Assistant along their news producers, reporters, anchors and assignment desk editors. Valeria found choreography and direction as her true passion in the midst of a back injury, working for NBCNY local news and her personal experiences. Her curiosity for the unconscious mind, the soul, the body and her constant desire to make a difference in the world of dance, is the result of VALLETO. Channeling her roots as a Mexican/American dance artist, her vision is to educate, inspire, and raise a stronger voice for dance and the arts in different countries. Valeria is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
ALLISON METTS was born in The Woodlands, TX, where she trained in various styles from a young age. She continued to chase her passion as she attended Princeton University, where she trained and performed under the direction of Susan Marshall, Tina Fehlandt, and Rebecca Lazier. She also had the opportunity to perform in works by Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Gregory Dolbashian and Zvi Gotheiner and continues to train under artists such asJennifer Archibald and Brice Mousset. Allison is looking forward to her second season with VALLETO.
CASSIE MILLS graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Dance and Dance on Camera. After graduating in 2011, She started a non-profit art and music venue in Holyoke, MA called The Guilded Brick. She now dances and collaborates with emerging choreographer and dance therapist Jenna Balfe. Cassie has also worked on and performed in The Women Who Shed Her Skin, written by Chloe Hooton, and directed by Noel MacDuffie. She has performed with the band Donzii, and has worked on set, costume, prop, and location for artists such as Giselle Mynx and Hana Haley. Cassie began working with Valleto in 2015. After dancing with the company for two seasons, Cassie began doing costume design for Valleto. She now does freelance costume work for dancers and performance artist, and runs her own clothing line under the name Mother of Blood.
AYAHA OTSUKA, originally from Nagoya, Japan. She started training in classical ballet at Hiromi Naruse Ballet Studio when she was 5 years old. Ayaha has done many performances and been awarded prizes at ballet competitions. At the age of 15 she started training in contemporary and jazz. After graduating high school, she moved to NYC and joined International Student Program at Peridance Capezio Center where she's been training in various dance styles. She had many opportunities to perform works by Mike Esperanza, Julia Ehrstrand, Doubletake Dance, Ellen Sickenberger, Nikki Theroux and Arturo Lyons.
EMILY WOHL, a native of Sergeantsville, New Jersey, trained in ballet in the Conservatory Program at Princeton Dance and Theater. She continued her dance education at Princeton University where she studied Molecular Biology and Dance. Through the Lewis Center for the Arts's Dance Program, she studied ballet, modern, contemporary, and composition under the direction of Susan Marshall, Rebecca Lazier, and Tina Fehlandt. In her time at Princeton, she worked closely with talented choreographers and performed in works choreographed by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Rebecca Lazier, Loni Landon, Brian Reeder, Zvi Gotheiner, Jodie Gates, Karole Armitage, and Doug Varone. She has supplemented her training during the year with summer programs including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Summer Intensive and has continued her dance education by participating in workshops and intensives in New York City. She is currently working as a freelance dancer, having worked with Grind Arts Company, Lydia Johnson Dance, and iKADA Contemporary Dance Company. Emily is extremely excited to join Valleto!
This event is part of AMPLIFY at 100 Bogart:
THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE will take over a ground floor gallery space in Bushwick for three weeks this summer with performances, events, workshops, a visual art exhibit, and open rehearsals from over 25 artists and groups. Learn more about the programming and participating artists here.