Mission & bio

company Mission

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.

 temporary vacancy (2016) photo by Callie Chapman  premiered in the first Catalyst Series at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA 

temporary vacancy (2016) photo by Callie Chapman

premiered in the first Catalyst Series at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA 

bio

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, Yuri Yanowsky, Peter Dimuro, Nicole Pierce, Joy Davis, Prometheus Dance, Sarah Mae Gibbons, Cathy Young, Dendy/Donovan Projects and Margot Gelber.

Past performers

Current Performers

Jessica Smith
Claire Johannes
Jordan Jamil Ahmed
Jimena Bermejo (collaborator)
Sarah Mae Gibbons (collaborator)

 

Caitlyn Canty
Jessica Chang
Jennifer Roberts
Maggie Foster
Marissa Molinar
Rosevan Vickery
Sasha Peterson
Sonia Santvoord
Terina-Jasmine Alladin