Tumàka't seeks to strengthen and promote contemporary dance in southern Mexico, through the creation, production and presentation of their works, as well as teaching and encouraging artistic national and international exchanges.

tumàka't was founded in 2007 under the direction of Vania Duran. In 2011 tumàka't received the support of Programa IBERESCENA for its project Panorámica by Argentinean choreographer Diana Szeinblum and was selected to participate in the Encuentro de las Artes Escénicas-Festival Internacional Cervantino with the piece Sutura.

The company has presented in Festival de Danza Contemporánea Oc-'Ohtic, Festival Otoño Cultural and Festival de las Artes in Merida, Yucatán and throughout Yucatan towns as part of the Itinerarte program organizad by the Departamento de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Mérida. The company has also participated in the Muestra Internacional de Danza de Oaxaca, in the Teatro de la Danza, Mexico city as part Childrens dance season as well as in six states in the south of Mexico as part of the 1er. Circuito de Artes Escénicas de la Zona Sur, Festival Puro Teatro 2010 and Festival Revueltas, Durango, among others.

Vania Duran | director

Was born in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize in 1976. She received a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, U.S.A., a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of Barcelona. She is also a graduate from the Elementary Ballet School "Alejo Carpentier" in Havana, Cuba. She has performed with AlSur Danza participating in the co-production with the SIDance Festival, Korea and Festival Internacional Cervantino, México; Rastro Dance Company, New York; Repertory Dance Company and Performing Dance Company in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

She received the Performer Grant (2006) and Young Choreographers Grant (2009) from the FOECAY Program and the scholarship Art Work for Kids Foundation for the development of artistic Works for Kids in the U.S.A.

creative team

Manuel Fajardo

Dancer. Was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1979. Manuel began his studies in contemporary dance as a performer at the Foundation-School, Dance of Caracas, under the direction of Yuri Cavalieri.

He worked as a dancer with the Dance Company of Caracas Workshop, guest dancer of the Ballet Teatro Teresa Carreño and independent companies: Drama, Rastro Dance Company based in New York, Felix Rucker, Linda Rubin, and Lourdes Luna, among others. In 2005 he was awarded the National Culture Council (CONAC) award participating in an exchange program with the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA) in Havana, Cuba.

Verónica Santiago

Dancer. Was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983. Veronica studied at the School of Dance Piso rojo, the Universidad Central de Venezuela dance company, and Iudanza in Caracas, Venezuela. She worked as a dancer with the companies Caracas Roja Laboratorio, the Compañia Nacional de Teatro, Rio Teatro Caribe, La Maquina Teatro, Danza Hoy and with theater director Gabriel Torres Morandi.

In 2004 she received a CONAC scholarship to specialize in modern expressionist dance at the University of Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. During her stay she participated in various festivals in Germany, Italy, Poland, Colombia and England, and worked with choreographers Felix Burkle, Akiko Zamir, Chikako Kaido, Leandro Kees, Rodolfo Leoni, Mark Sieczkarek and director Klaus Schreiber.

Melisabel Correa

Dancer. Was born in Panama in 1983. Melisabel began her studies at the Escuela Nacional de Danzas. Later obtained a degree in Physical Therapy and a Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Post-graduate Degree and a Dance degree with a specialization in Classical Ballet.

She performed with the Ballet Nacional de Panamá and the company Momentum Danza Contemporánea. During this period her interest in contemporary dance led to increased traveling outside her home country to train and share projects in Costa Rica (Taller Nacional de Danza, Danza Abierta), Cuba (Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Danza Contemporánea Cuba), Mexico (Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán) and Spain (Centro Coreográfico de Valencia).

Diana Bayardo

Ballerina. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1984. She is a graduate from Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán under the direction of the company Delfos Danza Contemporánea. In 2006 she participated in Fascia Danza Contemporánea under the direction of Victor Arce with presentations in Barcelona, Spain and Caracas, Venezuela.

Diana participated in the work of Sato Talya "Epidemic", a choreography that won 1st prize in the VII Premio de Coreografía "Héctor Chávez", and at the XV anniversary of the Escuela Cubana de Ballet in Havana, Cuba. In 2008 and 2009 she participated as a guest dancer with the Compañía Delfos Danza Contemporánea performing in Mexico, the United States and the Festival Internacional Cervantino, México. In 2009 she was awarded a FONCA scholarship in the category "Creador Escénico A 2009-2010 and the Female Performer Award in the IX Premio de coreografía "Héctor Chávez" in La Raíz del Sueño by choreographer Omar Carrum. She is currently the director of the collective mákina de Turing.

Gervasio Cetto

Dancer. Was born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1983. Gervasio was physically active from an early age. In 2002 he moved to Hermosillo, Sonora, to develop professionally as a dancer with teachers Miguel Mancillas and Isaac Chau. He joined the Antares Danza Contemporánea, from 2003 to 2009, participating in performances and festivals such as the Festival Internacional de Maracaibo, Venezuela and in several dance seasons of the Columbia Dance Center in Chicago and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, U.S.A. In April 2009 he was invited to join Foco al Aire as a dancer, attending the International Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires. He participated in choreographies by Miguel Mancillas, Victor Ruiz, Lourdes Luna, Octavio Zeivy, Erica Mendez Diana Theocharidis Alonso Alarcón, Julieta Valero, Vania Duran, Tamara Cubas, Eun Jung Choi, Vladimir Rodríguez, Luis Biasotto y Jaciel Neri.

In 2009 he was awarded a FONCA scholarship in the category "Creador Escénico A 2009-2010 and is currently a performer with the collective mákina de Turing.


Diana Szeinblum / guest choreographer

Dance and choreographer. Diana danced with the Ballet Contemporáneo del Teatro General San Martín under the direction of Oscar Araiz. She received a scholarship from the Goethe Institute to study at the Folkwang Tanz Schule (Germany). There she danced with the Company F.T.S. under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch, working with choreographers such as Bausch, Linke, and Dietrich, among others. Created the work Secreto y Malibu, with which she toured Europe, America and Asia. For this work she received first prize of Festival de Teatro 2001, first prize of Certamen Metropolitano de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, the Teatro del Mundo prize awarded by the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras and a nomination for the awards Trinidad Guevara.

Diana choreographed A la hora de oro for the Ballet del Teatro San Martín for which in 2003 received the Trinidad Guevara award for best choreography. She created the work 34 metros and a video-danza on the musical work of Kaguel for the Centro Experimental del Teatro Colón.

In 2007 she premiered her choreography Alaska and toured Chile, the U.S.A., Spain and Canada and was nominated for best choreography to the award Teatro del mundo.

In 2009 Diana performed for Experimentation Center Tacec Teatro Argentino de la Plata La mesa es un pedazo de madera. She regularly teaches technique classes, composition and improvisation in Buenos Aires as well as in other parts of the country.

Vladimir Rodríguez / guest choreographer

Was born in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2003 together with the dancers Angela Bello and Olga Lucia Cruz, founded the contemporary dance company Cortocinesis developing his choreographic research and constructing the training system "piso móvil" (moving floor) within the company.

In 2007 on the occasion Compañia Delfos's 15th anniversary he created "Húmeda". In 2008 he won the scholarship Beca de Creación en Danza Contemporánea in Bogotá and created his latest piece "Papayanoquieroserpapaya" which won Colombia's Premio Nacional de Danza 2010.

He currently works in Munich, Germany, in the project "Rediscovering Concepts" for the Italian company Déjàdonne.

Luis Biasotto / guest choreographer

Born in Cordoba, Argentina. Luis holds a degree in the performing arts, he is a playwright, choreographer, dancer and actor. As co-Director of the Krapp company, created in 1998 with Luciana Acuña, he directed several plays that were performed in the U.S.A., Brazil, Venezuela, Portugal, Spain and Mexico. He has received the support to creators by the Fundación Antorchas, Instituto Prodanza, Fondo Nacional de las Artes and the INT and in 2009 was nominated for the award of merit by the Knox Foundation for his work in grupo-krapp and in 2010 to the Trinidad Guevara award for best choreographer.

Luis currently teaches composition at the IUNA, University of Buenos Aires.

Mauricio Ascencio / stage designer, lighting and costume

He received a degree in stage design from Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral. He has designed props, stage design, lighting and costumes for theatrical productions and opera under the direction of Bruno Bert, Roberto Fiesco y Julián Hernández, Ricardo Díaz, Mauricio Jiménez, Antonio Castro, Juliana Feasler, Mónica Raya y Claudio Valdés Kuri, among others. He has worked in designs for choreographies and interdisciplinary projects with companies such as Fictorrealidad, Angulo Alterno, Ardentía danza clásica, Quiatora Monorriel, Aldo Silies Danza Contemporánea, La Funeraria and choreographers such as Antonio Salinas, Benito González, Evoe Sotelo, Alicia Sanchez and Oscar Ruvalcaba, among others.

He has participated in the creation and support of stage design and costume to designers such as Mónica Raya and Valerio Gámez in various interdisciplinary opera and theatre projects. He has exhibited his work at the "Prague Quadrienal of Architecture and Stage Design", and won first prize on the contest Moda Alternativa "MODALES 2004. He was awarded a FONCA scholarship in the category Young Creators 2006-2007.

Julieta Valero / choreographer & dancer

He began his studies in 1980 in Danzahoy-School, Venezuela. He joined the company as a professional dancer in 1989. Participated in national and international tours. In 1996, Juliet moved to New York. Two years later, produces and manages itself "Walk the Top" which marked the birth of Trail. He has twice received the Astral Career Grant (1999-2000) was also part of the program of artist residencies jerassi D'Artist Residence Program in California, those who have honored with the award Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship 2003.

In the summer of 2007, Juliet was part of a group of choreographers who participated in the artistic residence White Oak Plantation, Florida as a member of The Field. Since 2000 Juliet has worked with Danzahoy including his performance at the Joyce Theater in New York City. In the summer of 2008 he presented his first commissioned work at the Festival D'Arte Laguna Chioggia, Italy. His work has been presented three times at the Joyce SoHo, twice in the NuDance Festival under the River Side Festival, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Araracuara Dance Festival, Brazil, Avant Garde Festival, Yucatan, Mexico, Breaking Lines Dance festival in NYC Abrons Arts Center, NYC festival DanceNow, 2000, 2003 and 2004, Emerging Choregrapher Residency with The Field in DTW - Dance Theater Workshop, among many others nationally and internationally. She is part of the 99 selected for Venezuelan anniversary edition of El Universal, 1999: "99 Venezuelan universal weight."

Sebastian Verea / compositor

Verea Sebastian is a composer and producer, and is currently working on music for theater, dance, film and TV. Is sound designer and specializes in that area in the development of digital backlines for the operation of highly complex works. As a composer worked and currently working for directors like Leonardo Cuello, Gerardo Hochman and Silvia Vladimivsky; building the soundtrack for ballet, tango, contemporary dance and acrobatics.

In 2012 created the soundtrack of the irrational numbers work the choreographer for the company Szeinblum Diana tumàka't contemporary dance. It also works as a composer for different producing content for TV advertising and local and international.


Eun Jung Choi / guest choreographer

Fanny Ortiz / dancer