lisa nevada is a migratory choreographer, performer, educator, producer and naturalist. Her choreographic compositions focus on site-specific dances in nature and unconventional performance settings, as well as the concert stage. Through the crafting of dances, Nevada aims to awaken audiences with a vocabulary of work that invokes thoughtful deliberation and delivers a visceral impact.
Nevada is a curious and avid dance artist, influenced by modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre and environmental/social engagement. Her choreography has been commissioned by New Mexico Ballet Company, John Donald Robb Musical Trust (ABQ), 516 ARTS (ABQ), Tricklock Company (ABQ), 24 Hours of Art (ABQ), Radical Evolution (NYC), The Gibran Play (NYC), Santa Fe University of Art and Design(NM), and Buran Theatre (NYC). In 2014, nevada was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist for her site-specific dance concert, Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots.
In addition to making dances, Nevada performs in a select number of her choreographies and has performed the choreography of Danny Grossman, Donna Jewell, Jacqueline M. Garcia, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Erika Pujic, Donald McKayle, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Rulan Tangen, Bill Evans, Vladimir Conde Reche, among others.
lisa received her MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in site-specific choreography and performance, embodied history, and teaching. She has worked closely with the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI), with extensive coaching by Dr. Mary Anne Newhall. She is a founding member, co-director and resident choreographer for SHIFT | DANCE, an Albuquerque-based presenting platform that serves as a vehicle to elevate and generate awareness for the range of contemporary dance forms within the Albuquerque community. Nevada is choreographer, dancer and artistic director for her individual project lisanevadadance.