In dance collaborations, cultural exchange can be dangerous: There is always the potential for appropriation, the killing of a technique or the watering down of a tradition. Knowingly, the contemporary American choreographers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey go for danger.

…another chapter in a journey that’s both productive and perverse: the potential for failure lurks around every corner. – The New York Times, Gia Kourlas


Wally Cardona is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher living in Brooklyn. For several years, he created large works that demanded highly controlled working conditions in order to be made. In 2009, he began to cultivate a practice of undoing by initiating collaborative conditions for his practice to mutate in proximity to others. As the artistic director of WCV, Inc., his work has been presented in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and commissioned by LMCC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, EMPAC and others. His residencies include LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development (2013-2014, 2015- 2016, 2016-2017), Process Space (2012), and Swing Space (2010), New York, NY. His residencies include Robert Rauschenberg Residency, FL (2016); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Creative Exchange Lab Residency, OR (2015); and Vermont Performance Lab Residency, VT (2015). His awards include the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; Asian Cultural Council Fellowship; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; NYFA Fellowship; Creative Capital; and a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist