Mission & bio
Ruckus works to open up performance spaces that both provoke conversation and bewilder the viewer, driving them to ask questions about the logic of what is happening before them. Through layering improvisation and choreography, Ruckus dance leads its viewers to analyze what is being generated live. Priorities in performance include but are not limited to clarity, rigor, exhaustion, self-annihilation, self-love, focus, distraction, multi-tasking, and grit. Ruckus Dance is choreographed and directed by Michael Figueroa.
MICHAEL FIGUEROA is a Cambridge based performance maker, teacher, and performer. Dubbed “anti-choreographer” by Marcia Siegel, his dances deal with rulebreaking, rote memory, and improvisational situations. He has premiered three solos in the Greater Boston area, and his work has been commissioned by the Dance Complex, the Mobius Artists Group, Dance Now Boston and Outside the Box Festival. He has taught workshops at College of the Holy Cross, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Moving Target (Boston and Portland, ME), and NACHMO Boston. Michael attended The Boston Conservatory and graduated with a BFA in dance.
Michael teaches weekly classes as part of the Midday Movement Series at Dance Complex. MMS is a class series founded by Marissa Molinar that provides consistent training for advanced/professional dancers and support to emerging contemporary dance teachers. He has performed projects by/with smolnikova + williams, Yury Yanowsky, Peter Dimuro, Nicole Pierce, Joy Davis, Prometheus Dance, Sarah Mae Gibbons, Cathy Young and Margot Gelber.