Rosie Herrera

"My interests as a creator lies in developing work that speaks of the human experience and is reflective of my community- its passions, it's loves, its fears and beauty."  - Rosie Herrera 

Rosie Herrera is a graduate from New World School with a degree in Dance Performance. She has danced with Freddick Bratcher and Co, Animate Objects Physical Theater, Bill Doolin and Camposition Hybrid Theater Project. Her choreography has been presented by the Florida Dance Festival, Dot Fifty One Gallery, The Emerging Choreography Series at Excelo Dance Space and internationally as part of the Digital World Institute. 

She has been commissioned by New World School of the Arts, The Good for Something Dancers and The Miami Light Project in association with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2009 Here and Now Festival. As a rehearsal director, co- choreographer and performer Rosie was also in residency at the Chat Noir Cabaret at Dream Night Club in South beach with the interdisciplinary performance ensemble Circ X. Rosie is also a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano and performs with the Performers Music Institute Opera Ensemble as well as choreographs and stages operas independently throughout Miami. She was in residency for six weeks at the American Dance Festival recreating her work Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret.  She has also choreographed the New World School of the Arts production of Three Penny Opera. She is currently collaborating with the performance/ theater artist Rudi Goblen on his one man show Farewellin' and recently developed a new piece of her own which premiered at the 2011 American Dance Festival with her company. 

Choreographic Fellow | September 6-27, 2010

Dining Alone and Pity Party

Throughout her upbringing as a Cuban-American daughter of a cook and restaurant-owner in Miami, Herrera had a particularly empathetic and undeniable visceral feeling toward watching others dine alone. These feelings triggered a larger search related to attitudes about dining situations, loneliness, isolation and aging. In preparation for Dining Alone, she sought to deconstruct her personal attitude/perspective and gather a broader cultural and generational views on these subject matters. At MANCC, Herrera held dialogue with a culturally diverse group of performers (drag queens, actors, dancers, break dancers and burlesque performers), who were all first or second generation immigrants and with Tallahassee community members and interlaced the conversations and findings into movement improvisations to begin shaping Dining Alone. She also continued exploring the development of Pity Party.

Dining Alone
 premiered at American Dance Festival July 27-29, 2011.

  • Rosie Herrera at work-in-progress of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Octavio Campos in work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Octavio Campos in work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Octavio Campos in work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
  • Octavio Campos in work-in-progress showing of <i>Dining Alone</i>.
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  • Rosie Herrera speaks with FSU students during post viewing luncheon.
  • Rosie Herrera speaks with FSU student during post viewing luncheon.
  • Students talk with Herrera and collaborators during post viewing luncheon.

Collaborators in Residence: Lydia Bittner-Baird, Octavio Campos, Rachel Caroll, Liony Garcia, Rudi Goblen, Ana Mendez. Slideshow photos by Kathryn Noletto Felis and Al Hall.

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