CatherineMarie Davalos is a Chicana choreographer. Her work emerges from her Mexican voice and the constant rediscovery of identity. Davalos makes dances that question heteronormativity using a feminist, Latina, and Chicana perspective. Her dances are often multilayered crossing many borders while delving into the coalescence and contradictions of being a Chicana and what she calls a “Mexican American Princess.” Even though her family is educated and born in the USA, growing up in California with brown skin makes one both invisible and a target.
Davalos seeks collaborative artists who have an interest in the same aesthetic arena. She is interested in diversity rather than uniformity. Her company consists of nonconforming bodies, races, and sexual identities. These people inform her work. Davalos continues to serve the Latina/o/x community by making dances that speak from a different voice and move through a different lens. Due to her art and activism, Davalos was named one of ten international artists in Artist OF NOTE: The Immigrant Issue, Spring 2014.
The Davalos Dance Company has been presented at various venues across the country since its inception in 1994. Recently the Davalos Dance Company created a partnership with the city of Panicale in Umbria, Italy. They performed their site-specific work “Oh the MOON!” in July 2016 and returned in 2018 to perform and curate a dance festival for the region called “Radical Acts of Love.” CatherineMarie Davalos and the Davalos Dance Company have also been presented at various Bay Area venues and festivals including the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, CounterPulse, ODC, the San Francisco International Arts Festival and Dance Mission for Women on the Way. Davalos has also created work for the Latin Ballet of Virginia under the direction of Ana Ines King. Her full-evening work “Volver” received numerous grants including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. Davalos has been honored with the generous support of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Faculty Development Office of Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has been praised in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, DanceViewTimes.com, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. During the day, Professor Davalos is the Director of Dance at Saint Mary’s College of California which includes a traditional undergraduate program for young dancers, an undergraduate program for professional dancers known as LEAP, and a graduate division which offers an MFA in Dance: Creative Practice, and an MFA in Dance: Design and Production.