"Awkward herself danced a solo toward the end of the first act. Gaze initiated exploration of her spine’s possibilities. On a few occasions, she executed a virtuosic 'wow' moment — falling all the way on to her back from standing, heels raised and never touching while legs smoothly curved into a 'z' sit shape at some point in the air." - Kathryn Boland, Dance Informa
BIO: Boston-based Victoria Lynn Awkward focuses on dance, visual arts, and empowerment. She is the director of VLA DANCE, the resident dance company of Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. VLA DANCE aims to empower artists, students, and audience members of color and enlighten allies through thought-provoking and rigorous contemporary dance research and performance. Victoria graduated with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts Education from Goucher College. She danced for the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble and performed in works by artists including Sidra Bell, Christian Von Howard, Ronen Koresh, Helen Simoneau, Iyun Ashani Harrison, and Iquail Shaheed. As a professional artist, she has performed with Ashani Dances, Attn: Dance, The Davis Sisters, Heather Stewart, and Ruckus Dance. She has worked in marketing for Color Magazine and as an educator through the YMCA and VLA DANCE's educational residencies. She is currently a Midday Movement Series teacher, dancing with Jenna Pollack and a 2019-2020 Boston Institute of Contemporary Art Dance Fellow.
"And then there is Victoria herself. I love hearing what Victoria has to say about her work– especially with regard to themes like persistence through change — and then seeing these notions play out in her real life. Watching her grow as a choreographer and put on more events like this is encouraging and exciting. Whether it’s a show popping up somewhere I wouldn’t expect, or the fact that she is putting art into a world that does not always welcome it." - William Kryjak, Boston Hassle