Interview with Marianela Boán, conducted by Shanna Lorenz during the 2nd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in June of 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico under the title Memory, Atrocity and Resistance.
Marianela Boán is an internationally known choreographer, recognized as one of the most important artists of contemporary Cuban dance and a leader of the Hispanic American dance vanguard. Within the laboratory of her Havana-based company DanzAbierta, Boán evolved a performance methodology called Contaminated Dance, which brings together voice, emotion, posture, gesture, image, language, etc. into a collage structure based in choreography. Boán speaks of her creative process as being "inseparable from the social-cultural process lived by the Cuban artistic vanguard of the 1980s and 90s." She continued to evolve Contaminated Dance with a second company BoanDanz Action, created while completing a Masters Degree in Dance and New Media at Temple University in Philadelphia, US. Boán is now acting as the founding director of the first national contemporary dance company in the Dominican Republic. As choreographer, dancer and professor Boán has worked in more than 40 countries around the world and created more than 50 choreographies.