biography

lisa nevada is a naturalist, a dancemaker, collaborator & accomplice, and enthusiastic educator based in the pre-settler territory of the Canarsie (Brooklyn, NY).  her practice has led to gifts of opportunities to meet, listen, learn, and witness an array of humans and more-than-human kin.  her encounters with these life forces bolster her deep desire to create offerings of performance and education that highlight our innate relationship to place/Earth, and an urgent commitment to the health and restoration of plants and trees, soil, water and animals.  lisa organizes and facilitates opportunities to engage all peoples in the observation of ecosystems of the natural world and of our human interactions to ignite a kinship with Mama Earth, centered on gratitude.  her current research delves into the sonic realms of lullaby and wailing in response to humanity’s active destruction of psyche and home.  lullaby: an offering/ a cleansing/ a blessing and waiting for humanity are two solo choreographies that have emerged from this research.  both works lean into the embodiment of Mama Earth’s trauma, resilience, and healing.

lisa is guided by the practices and teachings of her homeland – Pueblo Territory (also known as Albuquerque) – her Walatowa (Pueblo of Jemez) family, and the Ancestors she has only ever greeted in her dreams*.  she is frustrated and fascinated by environmental/social engagement, modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre, and vocal exploration.  she has been commissioned by galleries, theatre & dance makers, as well as music symposiums throughout the u.s.  in 2017, Subhankar Banerjee invited lisa to speak at the Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization conference to discuss her nature-based work Golden Migration (2016), performed at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge**.

since 2012, lisa has worked with Dancing Legacy, a performing and teaching ensemble committed to enabling individuals to appreciate and participate in the rich dance heritage of the United States of America.  she is an active member of Hungry Mothers, a trans-disciplinary collective developing modes of artistic practice that center remedial relations with Earth’s land & waters in envisioning a future of collective liberation.  recent projects with HM include Hungry Mothers en la Frontera (december 2019) and contributions to HM’s Field Guide collaboration with LOAM Magazine (summer 2020).  lisa is also the recipient of a month-long research residency at Ucross in Wyoming for spring 2021.

lisa received her MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in land-based choreography and performance, embodied dance history, and teaching.  in 2015 SHIFT | DANCE was founded and launched by Jacqueline García, Kelsey Paschich, and lisa nevada.  the trio also instigated SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL, one of the only annual dance festivals in Albuquerque, NM to present contemporary, research-based, and experimental dance forms from artists across the nation.

as an independent artist, lisa has performed the choreography of Rulan Tangen, Jacqueline M. García, Kelsey Paschich, Erika Pujič, Donna Jewell, Danny Grossman, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Donald McKayle, Jose Limón, Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Bill Evans, Vladimir Conde Reche, Jessica Miller-Tomlinson, among others.  from 2006-2017 lisa was a core member of Ecotone Physical Theatre, a performance ensemble with a mission to mine the veins of improvisation: sonic, kinesthetic, textual, visual.

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