Response Choreographic Commission awarded to Awilda Sterling Duprey

The Temple University Department of Dance, Institute for Dance Scholarship, is delighted to announce the seventh Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission has been awarded to Awilda Sterling Duprey. A 2010 USA Artists Fellow, and a central figure in Puerto Rico’s art scene, Awilda Sterling Duprey will draw from excerpts and remnants of an investigation on the phenomenal destructive forces of Hurricane Maria on citizens’ bodies/minds/emotional and the physical environment. The work will continue Sterling Duprey’s investigation into Henri Lefebvre’s observations of moving bodies in different contexts, unleveled situations, and architectural spaces, and Rhythmanalysis, a theory aiming to conclude that rhythm is, after all, That Around Which The Universe Revolves.  The piece will be an exploration of what is, and ultimately, that around which we, as people revolve. “My purpose is to make the audience active participants, not just passive observant. Therefore, the project aims to speak my history through body co-incidences with audience members,” writes Sterling Duprey who aims to include the audience as performers in the work.

As part of the Commission, Sterling Duprey will conduct a master class on Friday, Feb 24, from 9:40-12:30 in Conwell Dance Theater.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is required. To register email Merián Soto:

The commissioned work will be presented in Conwell Dance Theater Friday and Saturday, Sept 21-22, 2018.

The Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission includes a cash award of $5,000 and access to rehearsal space at Temple University throughout summer 2018.  Past commission recipients include Laura Peterson, Charles O. Anderson, Tatyana Tennenbaum, Jennifer Weber, Kathy Westwater, and Lela Aisha Jones|Flyground.

Awilda Sterling Duprey is a multidisciplinary artist in Visual Arts, Performance, Experimental and Caribbean Dance. She trained in Painting and is precisely from this discipline that she feeds her artistic practice. She started a dance career as an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico under Sylvia del Villlard Gilbert at the Ballet Afro Boricua El Coquí, (1964); trained in Jazz Technique with Lotti Cordero (1972), and in Modern Dance with Petra Bravo (1982). While in New York, she trained in Experimental Dance with Merián Soto, Trisha Brown, and Dana Reitz. Ms. Sterling is co-founder of Pisotón, first Experimental Dance-theater Collective in Puerto Rico (1983). She has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean Region as dancer, choreographer and guest speaker: Angüila, Barbados, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Mexico City, Nicaragua, Trinidad/Tobago, and Venezuela. She has also performed in Ecuador, Spain, South of Portugal, the USA and most recently, in Berlin. Some of her most outstanding performances are en-cierro: an excerpt, HAU/ SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2017); en-cierro, (2016); En cuerpo de Maelo, and De Maelo al Hip- Hop, (2015); Transparente desnudez, (2015); Cinco Mujeres ante el espejo de Myrna Báez, 2014; (De) Colonial Reconquista, Performance concept: Marina Barsy Janer, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, (2014); Sylvia del Villard: Nuestra conciencia africana, Symposium, (2016); ¡Oh! Natura, directed by Sylvia Bofill, (2015); Goyita, (2014); Conducta. Trayectoria artística de Viveca Vázquez, (2015) Vejigante decrépito, (2014); Taller de Diosas, (2011).

Photo Credit: Wenceslao Morales


  1. Bravo …no me toma de sorpresa está noticia. Pues desde que te conosco siempre has sido fajo na y emprendedora con tu danza contemporánea. Dios te siga dando muchos triunfos.

  2. Congratulations to our beloved Awilda. One of our most precious Caribbean gems. She embrace art with sensibility, technique, curiosity within historic and political context. Brava maestra!!

  3. Proud of my friend Awilda Sterling, an extraordinary artist,educator and personality.She is of paramount importance in the history and development of Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures.

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