Mariangela Lopez is a Brooklyn based choreographer and performer from Caracas, Venezuela.
Since 2001 Mariangela’s work has been presented in Venezuela, Mexico, France, Boston and multiple venues in New York City such as Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, P.S 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Tisch School of the Arts and Monkeytown among others.
Her work is known for enabling the participation of performers from various disciplines and backgrounds to take part of her creative process.
In 2004 after the presentation of Wonders of Progress she began to call her group of 18 performers Accidental Movement, hoping that this name would serves as a platform for the realization of her experimental works.
In June 2007, Mariangela took the adventure of creating and producing a dinner-performance piece in collaboration with Mogollon and Monkeytown. After the sold out presentation, The New York Times selected Outmigration for the “Urban Eye, The Best of New York Today-Weekend.“ Outmigration was presented again for two consecutive weeks in October 2007.
In 2009 Mariangela was selected a Movement Research Artist in Residency. During this opportunity Mariangela created Accidental #5 with a cast of 15 performers. The piece premiered at Dance New Amsterdam in 2010 and later it was invited to be part of the Danspace Project Platform Body Madness curated by Artistic Director Judy Hussie-Taylor.
After witnessing Accidental #5 singer and songwriter Karen O (from the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) proposed to Mariangela to collaborate as the choreographer for her “psyco-opera” Stop the Virgens created in collaboration with designer-rocker KK Barrett and directed by Adam Rapp. Stop the Virgens was presented at Saint Ann’s Warehouse in October 2011 and later in May 2012 at The Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival in Australia.
Mariangela was Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist In Residency 2011-13. During this period Mariangela had the opportunity to create her two most recent works in progress Salón in 2012 and El regreso in 2013 .
In addition to her choreographic work Lopez has an extensive experience as a dance educator. Since 1999 She has taught in different settings, from professional level, colleges, public schools and dance schools to different communities in need such as organizations of women victims of domestic violence, youth at risk and HIV and Aids. Mariangela was the Associate Director of the Community Programs of Gina Gina Gibney Dance (2005-2009). Mariangela has taught dance at Movement Research, Dance Makers in the Schools (Movement Research) Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance New Amsterdam, Tisch School of the Arts, Raritan Community College, and Harkness Center 92 Street Y. Currently Mariangela is a faculty teacher at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and is the Coordinator of the Adventures in Dance Program at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.
Mariangela holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory (1999) and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies.