RODRIGO ESTEVA and MIRAH KELLC MORIARTY,
Co-founding Directors > View Curriculum Vitae here
Rodrigo and Mirah are the co-founding directors of Ook'ot International Dance Festival (Founded in 2000) and DANCE MONKS (Bay Area/Yucatán) which they founded in the year 1999 while living in the mountains of Xalapa, Mexico. Their interdisciplinary, experimental work delves into the intimate and ancient relationship between people and Nature. They view dance as a potent medium to rekindle our relationship with the environment and one another. Rodrigo and Mirah are committed to making art as a way of life; as a daily discipline in deep listening and responsive action. They often collaborate with artists and change-makers whose work involves old world mythology, folklore, and ritual.
Rodrigo and Mirah have taught and performed internationally over the last 20 years as a duet and extensively with world-renowned companies including as members of the physically integrated AXIS Dance Company (2007-08, Oakland) and Pearson Widrig Dance Theater Company (1994-2001, NYC) in major festivals, universities and venues throughout the United States and Mexico as well as in Canada, Peru and Europe, including at: the University of Veracruz in Xalapa (Mexico), The Joyce Theater (NY), The Kennedy Center (DC), The Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival (NY), Bates Dance Festival (ME), Middlebury College (VT), Bard College (NY), Iberoamericana University of Mexico City, FAEL (Festival de Artes Escenicas) of Lima, among many others. View Complete curriculum here.
Mirah was born in Vermont and holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance (2014) from Hollins University in conjunction with the William Forsythe of Germany. She also studied dance formally at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO/EDDC) of Amsterdam, Oberlin College (OH) and received her Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) at Goddard College (VT) with a focus in Interdisciplinary Arts. She began her training as an elite gymnast and grew up performing with the avante-guard multi-generational company, Working Ground, with director Hannah Dennison. Mirah has also studied Afro-Caribbean dances of the Orixas for thirty years including with Dr. Yanique Hume. She has studied as part of a traditional path of seership and is a Nationally certified Yoga teacher.
Rodrigo was born in Mexico City and began his training in classical Ballet with Dagmar Kortum and at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (National University of Mexico). He performed with the renowned late Gerardo Delgado, En Dos Partes, of Mexico City including as finalists in INBA/UAM. Rodrigo studied formally at the Trisha Brown School (NYC), The Merce Cunningham School (NYC) and Nikolais and Lois Dance Lab (NYC) with support from FONCA Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (National Endowment for the Arts in Mexico). He is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist and graduate of the advanced studies program at the Acupressure Institute of Berkeley with twenty years of experience in this form of traditional medicine.
DANCE MONKS' work has been made possible thanks to the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2016), Kenneth Rainin Foundation (2016), Zellerbach Family Foundation (2007 & 2016), East Bay Foundation for the Arts (2008-09), NOH Space (2008) and The Open Circle Foundation (2007, 2009, 2010, 2013).