César Yael Vélez is an emergent performance artist born and raised in Puerto Rico, the smallest island of the Mayor Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, also, a colony of the United States for over a hundred years. Studied a Bachelor in Theater in Sacred Heart University, San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city. Searching for a deeper form of corporal expression, traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 to train in mask theater, clown and contemporary dance. After returning to the island, received a grant to train in Ballets de San Juan, one of the most important schools of ballet in Puerto Rico. During this time, formed part of one of the main physical theater companies in Puerto Rico, Polimnia Inc. Granted again afterwards, in 2013, by Santander Bank, to do studies in contemporary dance and performance art in the University of Guadalajara, México. By the same time, gave birth to performance art collective: Colectivo Sinrumbo next to puerto rican colleague, Randoll Rocafort. This new encounter with Movement through Performance Art drove him to Cuba, in collaboration with Transmutación Danza, a mexican contemporary dance company, participating in the 19th and 20th edition of Old Havana: City in Movement, International Festival of Contemporary Dance. While finishing his last year of college, received another Grant for outstanding performance in his area of study by the ATT Foundation. Also received an invitation from cuban curator, Andrés Abreu, to become part of (In)Disciplinas, a dance and performance art show case for the 12th Havana Biennale in June 2015. Graduated from college the same week and after three days, left his country with four hundred dollars to start a new life project through performance art: go around the world with no specific plan, studying real life actions to make it possible.Two years after, still has not go back, continuing traveling as a matter of political resistance and self decolonization. Starting a new life style that awakes mindfulness, self-consciousness, self-confidence, adaptability, empathy and survival skills. His latest works includes “Reflections”, a six hour long durational performance art piece, executed in April, 2016, in the Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary Art, in the Big Island of Hawai’i and a practical research of meditation and movement through silence, camping for five days in a public park, in Hamamatsu, Japan. During the month of June of this year, will be attending an artist residency program (The Soul of Art) with W Studio in the city of Hong Kong, China.
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