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

About the director

MICHAEL FIGUEROA is a Boston-based (by way of South Florida) 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, Outside the Box Festival, and SPACE Gallery. He has taught workshops at College of the Holy Cross, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Moving Target (Boston and Portland, ME), and NACHMO Boston. Most recently, Michael taught two weeks of Access 8 at Gibney Studios, performed in Dance Now at Joe’s Pub with Alex Davis, and premiered a new solo & preformed Ruckus’s first work KnockOut at the Performance Garage in Philadelphia, PA. He 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.

Current Performers

MARISSA MOLINAR TERINA-JASMINE ALLADIN SASHA PETERSON SONIA SANTVOORD JESSICA CHANG CAITLIN CANTY MAGGIE FOSTER ROSEVAN VICKERY KATE SEETHALER STEPH TURNER ISAAC LINDY RAYNE RANEY KATE GOW
LAILA FRANKLIN AUDREY MACLEAN MOLLY MCLAUGHLIN ERIN DIMSON-DOYLE

Past performers

JESSICA SMITH CLAIRE JOHANNES JORDAN JAMIL AHMED JENNIFER ROBERTS WHITNEY COVER OLIVIA COOMBS

DUET Collaborators (Past/present)

SARAH MAE GIBBONS JIMENA BERMEJO   SONIA SANTVOORD ALEX DAVIS

COLLABORATORS/FRIENDs

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