Gabriel Mata

2023 Fillmore School Studio Prize Winner

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Gabriel Mata (pronounced: gah-bryehl mah-tah) is a Mexican American movement artist and educator. Mata creates Motion Memoirs, centering marginalized narratives and histories of the moving body living in colored skin. While trained in concert dance, his present approach to dance is one that is focused on social movement forms and community engagement. Mata’s dance works have been performed in Minnesota, California, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mata is the inaugural Social Justice Commissioned Dance Artist at Dance Loft on 14th and the Atlas Performing Arts Center Arts Lab Fellow.