A project by Carolina Loyola-Garcia

Carolina Loyola-Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and performer. She works primarily in media arts, including single-channel video art, video installations, video design for theater, digital printmaking, documentary, and in performance through theater and dance. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at such venues as the Chicago Latino Film Festival, USA; Havanna Biennial, Cuba; ArteNuevo InteractivA, Mexico; Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios; Chile;  Forja Arte Contemporaneo, Spain; among others. She has received grants in support of her work from the National Endowment for The Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and GPAC, among others.

She is the director and producer of this project. For more information on her work, please visit: www.carolinaloyolagarcia.net

Maira Duarte is a Mexican dancer, teacher and choreographer. She obtained an M.A. in Dance Education by New York University, with support by the National Fund for the Arts and Culture of Mexico. Her choreographies have been presented in several venues and festivals in Mexico, Spain, Uganda and the United States. In 2012 she was a full-time dance professor at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Presently she performs with Tanztheater Andre Koslowski and co-directs Dance To The People (www.dancetothepeople.org), a dance laboratory and forum currently in residence at the College of Staten Island, supported by the CUNY Dance Initiative. Maira is also an independent dance-film and documentary director and producer. She is currently working in a Dance Film documentary, titled Being There, and a documentary titled The Scientist’s Search, which will be featured at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh.

For Map of Love, Maira choreographed the movement for the 'towns' of Indiscretion, River of Inclination, and The Sea of Enmity.

Beth Corning is artistic director of CORNINGWORKS, has created and produced over 60 works, including 16 full evening productions as well as numerous national and international commissions. From 1981 to 2003 she directed corning dances & company, started in Stockholm, Sweden where she attracted major artists, including members of the renowned Cullberg Ballet Company, it continued its success in the US, including New York City, and from 1993 – 2003, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   In 2000, she created THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT — an annual full evening production created on internationally and nationally renowned performers over the age of 40. From 2003 - 2009 she was the Artistic/Executive Director of Pittsburgh’s premiere modern dance company Dance Alloy Theater, and in 2009 she launched CORNINGWORKS (www.corningworks.org), a production company for dance theater works created by Corning in conjunction with other creative performing artists. Her work has been recognized by over 70 international and national grants and she has been recipient of many awards and recognitions for her creative work.

For Map of Love, Beth choreographed the movement for the 'towns' of New Friendship, and Amorous Letters.

Joe Seamans is a documentary producer, cameraman, and editor with a production company based in Pittsburgh.  For 25 years he worked at WQED making award winning PBS national programs.  His long list of credits for National Geographic Specials includes producer, writer, and director of photography for Great Lakes, Fragile Seas, Treasures from the Past, Serengeti Diary, and In the Shadow of Vesuvius.  He produced programs for the acclaimed series, Infinite Voyage and Space Age, which were coproduced with the National Academy of Sciences.

Most recently he produced, directed, and wrote three programs for NOVA:  The Great Robot Race, Car of the Future (featuring Tom and Ray Malliozzi of Car Talk), and  The Secret Life of Elevators.

Seamans directed and edited Duaneland, a documentary which focuses on the life and photographic work of Duane Michals.  He has photographed numerous documentaries for independent producer, David Sutherland, including Paul Cadmus: Enfant Terrible at 60, Jack Levine: Feast of Pure Reason, as well as The Farmer’s Wife, and Country Boys, which were presented on the PBS series Frontline.

Seamans was originally trained as a still photographer and studied with Minor White at MIT.  He received a BA in English from Harvard University.

Gia T. Cacalano, originally from NYC is an educator, improviser and performer. Over the past thirteen years both her solo and ensemble work has reflected her interest and obsession to understand improvisation. She works to gain this knowledge through researching improvisation methodologies, looking at instant composition, choreography, and a stripped down approach to collaboration, and relationships between live music and dance. By stripping down, she refers to the essential and basic elements of choreography and composition, such as generating movement material, placing material in space, and timing and dynamics. The things most choreographers use when making dances, she uses in real time rather than spending months preparing and fixing steps. The dancer, in this way of working, spends hours in the studio everyday tuning the mind and body to be able to choreograph at high speed, in the now moment. She is interested in showing these tools in action, at the moment of creation, in order to magnify real time in performance. Gia is interested in intuition in action, and most importantly, the direct interaction of the performer and the public, through the vehicle of improvised performance, in a state of being vulnerable and "in the moment " of choice.

For Map of Love, Gia will improvise a piece reflecting on the Lake of Indifference.


New Friendship - Cara Freidheim and Harris Ferris.

Indiscretion - Jennifer Keller and  Taylor Knight.

Sea of Enmity - Ella Mason, Taylor Knight, Kim Clay Browder, and Anna Thompson.

River of Inclination - Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight.

Lake of Indifference - Gia T. Cacalano

Amorous Letters - Hannah Du Plessis

Goodness - Christiane D. Leach


Commissioned by SPACE,

A Project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

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