Danza Orgánica | Founding Artistic Director

Mar Parrilla (she/her/hers) is the founding artistic director of Danza Orgánica (2007) and the recipient of several awards from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Boston Foundation, among others. She is a leader in the arena of dance as a method for social change. A Boston-based choreographer and educator, Parrilla was born and raised in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in Dance Education from N.Y.U. She has gone on to establish her own company, Danza Orgánica, which facilitates workshops and performances centered on an anti-racist and decolonized framework. She uses her choreographic platform to amplify underrepresented voices and experiences, and to envision an equitable society. Parrilla is the recipient of an Outstanding Community Arts Collaborative award in dance from Arts|Learning (2019), a city of Boston Artist-in-Residence focused on Environmental Justice from Indigenous Perspectives (2018), a Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the founder and producer of the Boston-based annual festival “We Create!”. She is currently collaborating with Native American communities in Massachusetts with a focus on best practices towards antiracist decolonization, and with Puerto Rico-based artists on a residency-based cultural exchange exploring the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. Danza Orgánica has appeared as part of the Inside/Out series, facilitated a community movement workshop and performance in Pittsfield, MA as part of 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and participated in a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow.