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Carlo Antonio Villanueva was born in 1986 in Paterson, New Jersey; he lives and works between Maryland and New York.

Carlo Antonio Villanueva works/ worked on dance projects this 2022-2023 season with Miriam Gabriel, Neil Greenberg, Christopher Williams, Stephen Petronio, and Faye Driscoll. He has previously worked with Motasem Siam, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Abby Zbikowski, Kendell Geers, Netta Yerushalmy, and Kyle Marshall, among others. He also spent several years as a member of the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company under the rehearsal direction of Janet Wong. Closest to his heart is his collaborator, Miriam Gabriel, with whom he has been making dances since 2014. Their work was supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant in 2017.

Villanueva’s choreography has been previously supported and included by AUNTS, Bethany Arts Community, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Dance Place, Gibney Dance, The Invisible Dog, Knockdown Center, Movement Research, Recess, Rutgers University, NYU Tisch Dance, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center; by curators Liliana Dirks-Goodman & Laurie Berg, Zak Schusterman, Jillian Peña & Fernando Maneca, Kay Ottinger & Pepper Fajans, Jamal Abrams & Candace Scarborough, dani tirrell, Ben Pryor, Raja Feather Kelly, Alexis Convento, Movement Research, Camilo Godoy, Stephen O’Connell & Julia Ritter, Pamela Pietro, and Tariq D. O’Meally, respectively.

Currently, Villanueva is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and MFA candidate in dance at the School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. He has previously held positions as Teaching Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University and Lecturer in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has also taught master classes at UCLA, Yale University, Arizona State University, George Mason University, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, and also for the NYC Department of Education. Villanueva is authorized to teach Cunningham Technique® by the Merce Cunningham Trust.

In news media, Villanueva has been likened to “a beef carcass.” He has been described as “ebullient,” “ready for anything,” and “a tour de force” in performance. The broader discourse of his work in dance is as evanescent as live performance (and life) itself.

This page was last updated on 2 January 2023.
PHOTO:  Carlo Antonio Villanueva