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Intimate Conversations: Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra

Intimate Conversations with Dani Tirrell & guest Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra

Saturday, August 29, 2020


“Black Love Looks like the current of the rivers that never stop despite the geography of the terrain.

It looks like a dagger that goes through the bodies and when it comes out becomes songs and dances.

It looks like a glassless mirror that can reflect the invisible walls of systemic oppression and racism.

It looks like open breasts, filled with warm milk that breastfeeds and nourishes the entire humanity.

It looks like Gospel, Calypso, Festejo, Hip Hop, Punta, Blues, Fandango, Soca, Samba, Tango, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Candombe, Batucada, Afrobeat, Culo'e Puja, Currulao, Tamborito, Merengue, Timba, Quitiplas, Cumbia, Chimbangle, Tap and many other rhythms, dances and sounds that are created with or without a drum, but with the rhythm of the drums-beats of the spirit-heart.

It looks like a concentric circle of sister/brotherhood that is supported by the planted roots of our ancestors, which at the same time support the bare feet of their descendants and embrace with their outstretched arms the black diaspora that balances the seeds of historical awareness of black culture between their fingers.

They look at himself as a powerful love, a God love that represents themself as an androgynous being with a skirt made of water surrounding their hips, a bronze armor on their chest, and a crown of fire on their head. It looks like a flexible and permeable love that accommodates and transforms into a multiplicity of forms.

This is how Black Love looks to me.”

My name is Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra, I am an Afro-Latin artist born in Caracas-Venezuela, where I started my career as a dancer, combining dance and theater training. For over 12 years, I danced with Danzahoy, with whom I toured, and visited renowned festivals in 15 countries, including the Danzahoy “Exodus” season at the Joyce Theater in NY (2006). In 2004 I moved to NY and worked with Rastro Dance Company, B3W / Emily Berry, and Alexandra Beller / Dancers. I have a license as a professional masseuse, graduated from the Northwest Academy of Healing, I am also a graduate of the Shiatsu program of the Ohashiatsu Institute in New York. Since I came to Seattle in 2012, I have been collaborating with different artists and groups: Threshold Ensemble, Gansango Dance Company, Etienne Cakpo, Paige Barner, Mark Haim, Kiana Harries, Fernando Luna, Claudia Castro Luna, Leo Carmona, Mirta Wymerszberg, Monica Rojas and Naomi Macalalad Bragin.


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