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Premiering as part of the 2022 Dance at The Odyssey Festival, Metanoia is an evening-length work, a multi-sensory, meditative experience that embodies breathwork, sound design, and movement. Directed and choreographed by Toogie Barcelo, with an original score by Joe Berry, the piece is a collection of memories, experiences, and dreams.
Rooted in my ongoing movement and meditative exploration of the electromagnetic waves that emanate from our internal space, Metanoia will explore how humans navigate adversity, how we - frequently unknowingly - develop emotional and spiritual cycles that define our lives, and how to process energy within our bodies, minds, and spirit. Utilizing my family history as a frame, Metanoia will investigate the conversion of energy over time, from generation to generation, motion to motion, and sound to sound.
Toogie Barcelo, Choreographer & Director
Joe Berry, Composer & Sound Designer
Mimi Haddon, Production Designer
Lenin Fernandez, Performer
Reshma Gajjar, Performer
Jillian Meyers, Performer
Genna Moroni, Performer
Ryan Walker Page, Performer
Teresa “Toogie'' Barcelo (she/her) is an internationally acclaimed choreographer based in LA. Trained classically and culturally in a plethora of movement techniques and philosophies, Toogie is a pioneer in the hybridization of contemporary, modern, and urban methods. She aims to inspire others to create with compassion, transparency, and gratitude. As a first generation Cuban-Spaniard citizen, Toogie actively decolonizes the industry, lifts others up with her, and facilitates unique, culturally inclusive collaborations.
Toogie’s extensive experience spans both the commercial and live performance worlds. Credits include: The Music Center After Hours, The Sydney Opera House, Pacific Design Center, LA Theatre Center, Art Share LA, Heidi Duckler Dance, Adele, Alicia Keys, Dua Lipa, Tove Lo, Miguel, Harry Styles, Lauv, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Perfume Genius, Phantogram, Troye Sivan, St. Vincent, Sabrina Carpenter, Alina Baraz, M83, Kesha, Daya, Alice Glass, Lawrence Rothman and The Naked & Famous, among others. She is on Billboard's top 12 Most Iconic Choreographer’s of the Decade list for her work on Dua Lipa’s “New Rules,” and received an MTV VMA nomination for ‘Best Dance Video’ for Dua’s “Electricity.”
As a master teacher, Toogie facilitates movement through a holistic approach, creating a space for experimentation and catharsis. As a certified breath coach and meditation guide she creates a space for deep healing. Prior to the pandemic, she taught a weekly improvisation-based class at The Movement Lifestyle that prompted creative investigations and moving introspection, alongside a soundscape created in real time by composer Joe Berry of M83. With the intention to expand the physical and emotional consciousness, Toogie views teaching as an essential element of her creative life and cultivates a community of care.