Cardona, Wally

Wally Cardona

Wally Cardona

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance - The Juilliard School, New York, NY


Part Time Lecturer

Choreographer/Dancer/Teacher WALLY CARDONA has been recognized nationally and internationally for creating vast yet intimate landscape works that use the performance setting itself as an integral partner in the creation of movement. His work has been presented throughout the United States, Europe, South Americam and Asia. 
Courses Taught:
Performance / Phenomenon – Theory and Philosophy in Physical Practice; Advanced Repertory

Research Interests:
Ongoing concerns, fascinations, and obsessions include: integrating pedagogy, collaboration and creation; honoring the complex multiplicity of reality and bringing it to the stage (or classroom) so the viewer’s attention is encouraged to expand rather than contract; evolving the many societal codes associated with the character of a person, place or thing into a new network of heretofore unrealized relevance; constructing something in a way that does not call attention to the “idea” behind the making of it; and embracing the relevance of the grand theatrical gesture as well as the most intimate, seemingly insignificant act.
Professional Affiliations:

Artistic Director – WCV, Inc.

Member - Danspace Project’s Artists Advisory Board

In the last 10 years, Cardona has created projects widely ranging in scale and use of setting and materials. A select list of recent work includes:

TOOL IS LOOT (2011 commission: The Kitchen, EMPAC/Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) – a culmination of a year-long collaborative, performance-based process of aesthetic disorientation made in collaboration with Jennifer Lacey (choreographer, Paris) and Jonathan Bepler (composer, Berlin).

INTERVENTION # 1-7 (2010-11: Baryshnikov Arts Center, EMPAC, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Dance Place) – a series of weeklong performance encounters during which time Cardona voluntarily subjected his aesthetic position to a barrage of assessment, opinions and desires from “outsiders”, including an astrophysicist, a sommelier, a visual artist, a social activist/sound artist, an architect, a group of acousticians and a community activist.

MOVEMENTS WITHIN STREAM (2010 commission: Storm King Art Center) - a mini-myth made in relation to Stephen Talasnik’s Stream: A Folded Drawing, a monumental site-specific construction made of some 3,000 bamboo poles.

REALLY REAL (2009 commission: BAM, International Festival of Arts & Ideas) - a "people piece" for 100 individuals, including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, all on a bare stage (original music by Phil Kline).

REVIVAL (2009 commission: Group Motion, Hidden City) - performed by 30 dancers in the abandoned upper balcony of the old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia.

A LIGHT CONVERSATION (2008 commission: Tanzhaus Zurich, The Joyce Theater Foundation) - an up-close and physical dialogue on aesthetics vs. ethics, love, commitment and sacrifice, made in collaboration with Swiss/British choreographer Rahel Vonmoos.

SITE (2007 commission: DTW, Helena Presents) - a work for wood, paper, tape and the Capital H.S. Band of Helena, MT (original music by Phil Kline).

EVERYWHERE (2005 commission: BAM, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art) - a work where all action is shaped around and with 300 fifteen pound, 3.5 ft high columns (original music by Phil Kline).
Awards and Honors:
Cardona is the recipient of a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; and a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for the creation of Everywhere.

Support for the creation and dissemination of Cardona’s work has been received from the National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; FUSED; Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation: Trust for Mutual Understanding; US Artists International; American Music Center; Meet The Composer; O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation; Surdna Foundation; The Jerome Foundation; Arts International - The Exploration Fund; The New York State Music Fund; Brooklyn Arts Council; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; BUILD - a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts; The MAP Fund; and The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions.

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