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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.

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Kaeja d’Dance would like to acknowledge that we are situated upon traditional territories. Our artists, collaborators, staff and team are grateful to be creating art on this land that has been nurtured by recorded and unrecorded human activity for by thousands of years. We honour and respect the traditional lands and waterways of the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Métis Nation. We are in the 'Dish with One Spoon' territory - a treaty between these nations reflecting a commitment to share the territory and protect the land. We also recognize the enduring presence of diverse Indigenous peoples on this land.