Cookie’s Kid is a solo dance theater work that seeks to explore what is inherited muscle memory. The first solo work by Rosie Herrera, it utilizes her unique and diverse performance background ranging from cabaret, classical music, and urban and contemporary dance as a way to explore and dissect the oppression of toughness. Utilizing iconography ranging from La Lupe, Charles Bronson, and Walter Mercardo as the framework to explore movement, Cookie’s Kid is an exploration on how these seemingly unrelated idols are connected within a theme of rebellion, strength, vulnerability and the ethereal.
Carne Viva is an exploration into the violence of transcendence. Loosely translated to mean “open wound” Carne Viva builds upon the themes of religion and romance for a work that is much sparser and physical than Herrera’s previous work. Brutal and elegant, Carne Viva is a visceral journey into the dichotomy of power within relationships.
Commissioned by The American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance. Additional support provided by Hilton Durham near Duke University.
The development of this work was made possible through the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency at Dance Place and was created at The Yard, an artist residency and performance center dedicated to contemporary dance, theater and related arts, as part of the 2017 Off-Shore Creation Residency.