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Irma Villafuerte

Kaeja Projects: Porch View Dances Vignette Choreographer (2020), Flock Landing Dancer, Wind Down Dance Choreographer (2019), plus more

Irma Villafuerte (dancer) – I am Salvadorian-Canadian, Toronto-based dance artist. My artistic work involves community arts initiatives and performance in Toronto, Latin America and the Caribbean. I am a daughter of historic memory; a first-generation refugee of the 12-year civil war in El Salvador. My commitment to social justice was imprinted on me through my own memories and those of my family. I have witnessed the ongoing grieving of a woman – my mother – whose mother was taken and never found. She was the grandmother I never knew, yet her life and struggles are evident in mine. For as long as I can remember, I have been part of a mobilization, organizing to fight against violence against women through my artistic expression, storytelling, and the moving body. I am invested in exploring stories of women and their struggles systematically and historically. My focus as a Latin American woman, are the social political realities of Latin American people and the outcomes of segregation, displacement, exile, poverty, and more.