This summer, DNAWORKS embarked on a two-week The Borders Project summer residency in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
This summer, DNAWORKS embarked on a two-week The Borders Project summer residency in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Funded in part by the National Artist Teacher Fellowship, DNAWORKS researched the histories of governmental surveillance of bodies and the policing of the spaces we occupy.
Drawing from participatory action research, our summer residency acted as social commentary on external and internal borders’ theoretical and actual impermeabilities and their connections to societal oppression.
Turning research into performance action, DNAWORKS used dance and technology as the lenses through which to engage communities in asking questions about the places in our lives where borders need to be dismantled.
DNAWORKS is dedicated to furthering artistic expression and dialogue, focusing on issues of identity, culture, class, and heritage. We catalyze performance and action through the arts in the intersecting communities in which we live and work. In our work, art = ritual = healing = community. We believe that this philosophy and practice lead to a more peaceful world.