“Movement Matters” follows the trajectory of a dancer’s life in NYC. Paz Tanjuaquio discusses her artistic path as a dancer, choreographer, and performer that leads to creating the nonprofit arts organization TOPAZ ARTS - an essential and inspiring space for contemporary dance and visual arts, celebrating over 20 years of making and supporting creative visions.
Paz Tanjuaquio has been active in New York City since 1990 as a choreographer, performer, visual artist, educator, and is a six-time marathon runner. She is Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. – a nonprofit arts center in Queens, NY, established in 2000 with collaborator Todd B. Richmond to provide a creative space for contemporary performance and visual arts. Her choreography integrates art forms, from dance and performance to visual art, film, and design, creating images through movement. Her works have been presented by LaMaMa, Wassaic Projects, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, among others; nationally, at Operation Unite in Hudson NY, San Diego Trolley Dance, American Dance Festival Screen Dance, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; and internationally at Le Commun in Geneva, Switzerland, and residencies in Japan, Korea, and her birthplace, the Philippines. Awards include Artist Relief, National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, NYFA, and The Suitcase Fund’s Mekong Project in Cambodia and Vietnam. Residencies include Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. As a dancer, she has performed for Molissa Fenley, Nicky Paraiso, Dean Moss, Carl Hancock Rux, Marlies Yearby, among others. She has taught Dance full-time at SUNY/Nassau Community College, Adjunct at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and as guest artist at CUNY/Queens College, Sacramento State University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and Vargas Museum at Univ. of the Philippines. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and BA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Paz is a member of New York State DanceForce and serves on the Steering Committee of The Bessies NY Dance and Performance Awards.
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