Fabiola Torralba

  • Dance
  • Ypsilanti, MI

Fabiola Torralba is a movement artist, cultural worker, and activist who was born in Acapulco, Guerrero and raised in the Edgewood District of the Westside of San Antonio, Texas in Yanaguana. They share their passion for embodied learning by way of dance making, research practice, and performance. She has worked with diverse populations centering inner city youth, seniors, (im)migrants, Spanish monolingual speakers, QTBIPOC, and working class people through independent initiatives and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Their approach to art making and movement building is influenced by rasquachismo, concert dance, public demonstration, installation, site specific, street performance, and experimental elements informed by jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, social, improvisation, and ceremonial forms. They have been described as a modern, post modern, de-colonial and anti-colonial mover. Fabiola has trained under the leadership of the Urban Bush Women, Dance/USA, F.I.E.R.C.E., the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, N.A.L.A.C. and has worked for companies such as SpareWorks Dance, Dance Exchange, Safos Dance Theatre, Forklift Danceworks, Urban-15, Dancing Earth Creations, Erison Dancers, and the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

Current initiatives include the The East to West Project, a platform that centers the cultural expressions, politics, and histories of descendants of the African Diaspora including Afro-Indigenous people with the goal of building solidarity with Afro Mexico of the Costa Chica. As a 2020 MAP Fund recipient, they have launched performance project, nx/sx or nos(otrxs) ¡somxs!, for kuir, questioning, gender fluid, and non-conforming (im)migrant artists. Their COVID residency has included grassroots political organizing, anti-displacement housing policy coordination, mutual aid support, and land based practice.

Fabiola is a first generation college student, an immigrant who grew up undocumented, and a Queer loving person. They have a B.A. in Mexican American Studies and Anthropology from the University of Texas in San Antonio, an A.A. in Dance from Palo Alto College, and an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Michigan. They are thrilled at the opportunity to continue their studies at the University of California at Riverside in the Critical Dance Studies PhD program.