Crystal Sepúlveda, (USA, b.1983) is a Puerto Rican descendant-dissident raised in Miami, and seasonally based in Southern California.
Sepúlveda moved to California in 2009 to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Dance at the University of California Riverside (UCR), earning a Master in Fine Arts in Experimental Choreography in 2012. She is an interdisciplinary performer artist and movement researcher working with sound, performance, movement, and video installation. Her work threads and honors notions of place-making, adaption, identity, presence, belonging, healing and communal site-specific experiences that generate conscious social art practices.
An artist in higher education, she is Associate Faculty in the Dance Department at Mt. San Jacinto College and Professora Visitante at La Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico starting Fall 2017. She has formerly held a Lecturer position in the Department of Dance at the University of California, Riverside. Guest Artist invitations to lead workshops and classes at academic institutions include Eastern Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, and California State University San Marcos. Sepúlveda has taught dance courses and workshops in improvisation, contemporary and post-modern dance technique/practices, and choreography. In the community, Sepúlveda is a Teaching Artist offering creative dance experiences for youth through the Riverside Art Council’s Art and Minds Education Program.
Sepúlveda’s solo and collaborative projects have been presented locally and internationally. From coast to coast, she has been presented at the Music and Space Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center Department of Music and at Chez Buskwick Studio in New York City, Highways Performance Space, homeLA, The Bootleg Theater and Human Resources in Los Angeles, The LAB in San Francisco, Center of Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley and Temescal Art Center in Oakland; internationally at CEART Tijuana and El Centro Cultural deTijuana in Mexico, dança em foco Festival International in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lake Studios Berlin in Germany, Centre Dürrenmatt in Neuchâtel and at Musée des beaux-arts in Le Locle, Switzerland. Locally in her home base of Riverside, CA, she has been presented at the California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside Art Museum, and at the Riverside Community Arts Association. Currently, Sepúlveda is choreographer and performer for Maya Blue, a dance film and collaborative project by visual artist Clarissa Tossin, and with collaborator cinematographer Jeremy Glaholt. Maya Blue will premier in Learning from Latin America: Art, Architecture, and Visions of Modernism at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery as part of Getty's Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA in the Fall of 2017.
Previous artist residencies that have supported Sepúlveda’s work include the Milkbar, Luxor Factory, Culver Center of the Arts, California State University San Marcos’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, and Riverside Art Museum. She continues to collaborate closely with composers Luca Forcucci, Ulrike Brand, no.e Parker and Jorge Bachmann.