carmen ruiz


"I’m Carmen, I’m a woman, an artist, a mother. I am gifted with many other strengths that I keep exploring, developing and sharing.
I deeply believe that dance is a path that allows us to create community and to feel joy.
I believe that our body speaks the truth of our soul and that movement allows us to heal"
Biography
I’m Carmen, I’m a woman, an artist, a mother. I am gifted with many other strengths that I keep exploring, developing and sharing.
I deeply believe that dance is a path that allows us to create community and to feel joy. I believe that our body speaks the truth of our soul and that movement allows us to heal.
I was born in Cali, Colombia and immigrated to Montreal in Canada more than 20 years ago, wanting to explore the world, open my horizons and find my freedom.
 
I believe that dance is a path that allows us to create community and feel joy. I believe that our body speaks the truth of our soul and that movement allows us to heal.
In 2008 I obtained two BACs from Concordia University in dance and Spanish-American literature.
After working on my creations independently and dancing for several local choreographers in Montreal, I founded the creation company GIROVAGO in 2013, together with my partner, the artist Sebastián Mejía.
In 2012 we created GYPSY KUMBIA ORCHESTRA, an orchestra that dances and makes people dance (JUNOS et L'ADISQ in 2015 and 2020, Prix Stingray in 2016) and in 2019 we released the feature film FAIT VIVIR, by the Colombian director Oscar Ruiz Navia
In 2021, during a violent general strike in Colombia, I called and coordinated the creation of EL GRITO Colombia Montréal, a dance video with original music in which more than 70 artists from the Colombian diaspora in Montreal participated.
The interdisciplinary music, dance and circus show BARKA presented by TOHU in 2022 continues to travel around the world, sharing a message of hope and conscious joy with thousands of people.
At this moment I am preparing to start the creation of a new, very personal project: LA LLORONA.
 
At age thirty, my sister was diagnosed with very aggressive breast cancer. For six years he dedicated himself to believing and fighting for his healing. He passed away in the summer of 2023.
Since 2016, after the signing of a peace treaty, my war-ravaged country has been trying to heal without success... So many tears already shed... so many tears still to be shed... it will be that the water of all those tears will achieve cleanse our pain and water the earth so that a flowering garden is reborn?
This project is supported by the Canada Arts Council, MAI, Montreal Arts Interculturels, Circuit Es & Nyata Nyata
I constantly facilitate movement workshops called ROOTS IN MOTION. I understand RinM as the practice that I have developed during my more than twenty years of experience as a creator, movement artist, facilitator of collective spaces and emotional companion of those I love. It also includes my own path of spiritual and energetic search.
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