Desperately Seeking Salas

Let us introduce you to the creative force behind our upcoming dance engagement at The Music Center – Tania Pérez-Salas.

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Born in Mexico City, Tania Pérez-Salas first obtained significant recognition in 1993 when she received the award for best female performer in the National Dance Competition of Mexico. Just one year later she founded Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza, which has since become unparalleled in the world of Mexican contemporary dance with tours throughout Mexico, the United States, Canada, South America, China, the Middle East, and Europe as well as numerous invitations to the world’s most prestigious dance festivals.

Pérez-Salas has fast become Mexico’s premiere contemporary choreographer with work based on universal themes, which she presents from unique angles. Her choreography is nourished by her love of movies, literature, visual arts and philosophy. Each work stems from a real-life experience and displays a unique quality that blends music, sets, costumes and lighting. Her dancers are highly trained professionals, equal to the task of successfully expressing the required blend of emotion and technique. The result on stage is captivating, visually arresting, and highly emotive work.

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Tania Pérez-Salas | Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi

Both as a dancer and a choreographer Pérez-Salas has been awarded multiple contemporary dance fellowships from several cultural institutions in Mexico, as well as support from private enterprises. She has lectured in Mexico and abroad, served as a juror for prestigious arts awards in Mexico, and with her company represented Mexico in the CINARS 2002 conference in Montreal, and at Gateway to the Americas conferences in Mexico City in 2003 and 2004.

Since 2008, Ms. Perez-Salas has been the host and a member of the creative team for Juego de Cuerpos (Body Games), a television series featuring dance that is airing for its third season, now under the title Pasión en Movimiento (Movement in Passion) on Mexico’s Channel 22.


Photo by David Garces

For her engagement at The Music Center, Perez-Salas brings a program featuring two of her more recent creations. Made in Mexico (Hecho en Mexico), 2014, reflects her perspective of contemporary Mexico with images that touch upon the universal and the controversial. Ex-Stasis, 2010, confronts modern life and the subsequent breakdown in communication between our bodies and our minds.

Get your tickets to see Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza at the Ahmanson May 15th – 17th!