Vanessa Hernández Cruz
Friday, May 13 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
$18-$35 sliding scale via Venmo (@pieter-space) or PayPal (pieterpasd@gmail.com). For everyone’s safety we won’t be providing snacks or non-alcoholic/alcoholic beverages. Register

Bookings are closed for this event.

Where do we go when all else feels foreign, estranged, painful? 


Exit? is an exploration of our deepest longings of belonging & isolation. Can we truly find refuge within ourselves or is there something inherently missing?


Please note: 

There are two performances with limited seating. Please register only if you intend to join the in-person performances. If you are unable to attend in-person, we invite you to tune into the YouTube livestream of Saturday’s performance and Q&A, which you can access by clicking here: youtube.com


Safety Protocols:

Masked are required upon arrival, throughout the duration of the show, & when taking pictures with others. There will be a Button Buddies system that was created by the Pieter Performance Space team that will available to signal others your boundaries about COVID safety. For everyone’s safety we won’t be providing snacks or non-alcoholic/alcoholic beverages. 


Accessibility Note: 

The venue is outdoors & is located on ground level parking lot. There is a small bump upon entering the location. There will be button buddies system available to signal others your boundaries about COVID safety. Everyone will be masked for the entire duration of both shows. On Saturday May 14, there will be an in-person performance as well as a closed-captioned livestream option. 


While there won’t be an audio described version, there will be a program descriptor available via pdf. Vanessa is committed to continue to find ways to make her work as accessible as possible. Given the parameters of the residency & budget Vanessa acknowledges that these performances won’t encapsulate the necessary accessibility components such as Audio description, ASL interpretation, and more. If you have any access needs that aren’t mentioned, please let us know at your earliest convenience.


What to expect:

6pm Doors/Gates will open

6:30  the performance will begin. This will be a multi-media dance performance. There will be mixed media canvases layout into a path way leading up to the stage. 
The solo will be approximately 20-25mins.

7pm-7:30pm After the performances guests are welcome to a self-tour to view the canvases up close and to take pictures. Guests are welcome to greet & socialize with performer. 

7:30pm Event ends


*We will be giving gentle reminders to keep your mask on as needed for this event since particularly medically vulnerable people will be in attendance.


Vanessa Hernández Cruz (she, her, hers) is an emerging interdependent Chicana disabled dance artist & Disability Justice activist. She is from the unceded lands of the Tongva & Kizh territories colonially known as Los Angeles, California. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with her BA in Dance Science.


In 2022, she was selected into the first national cohort for LatinXtentions year long Dance Mentorship Program led by David Herrera. She was also selected into The Box LA Pieter Parking Space Residency based in Los Angeles, CA where she is currently working on producing a dance piece. In 2021 she was a part of the Arts Unchained International virtual residency where she developed her dance film titled “11th Hour”. Her dance film “DNA: Disability Not Ability” was selected by IKOUII to be exhibited in their virtual art show “Without Labels” and won the Honorable Mention award. In 2020, her dance film “Nycto-Eternity” won The Dance Cinema Award from Frostbite International Film Festival and was recently screened for The Midnight Film Festival in New York. Vanessa’s choreographic work received the award for Cultural Diplomacy for Innovation in Choreography from Ballet Beyond Borders in 2019.


Through her dance films & choreographic work, Vanessa delivers thought-provoking dance work that ignites the imagination & explores disability aesthetics in contemporary forms and experimentation. She is shifting the dance field away from the inspirational-porn perspective of disability into a humanistic perspective. Vanessa is committed to generating substantial changes in the dance field and making the dance field an equitable  space for our multi-marginalized disabled communities. 


Land Acknowledgement:

Vanessa recognizes that she has been creating art & is performing in the unceded lands of the Tongva & Kizh territories colonially known as Los Angeles, CA. To learn about which lands you reside on & how to support our native communities please visit: native-land.ca



I appreciate the continual wisdom of the Disability Justice Framework by Sins Invalid that deeply informs my work. I want to give a huge thank you to my beautiful familia & support system Maria Silvia Hernández & Nancy Cruz. 


Shoutout to my disability community! I want to thank my amazing friends and colleagues for their continuous support of my artistic journey! Lastly but not least, thank you to The Pieter Performance Space & The Box LA team for their support throughout my residency and for opportunity to be a part of this!


[Header image description: a photograph of a multi-colored transparent holographic cellophane. On top it has a black piece of paper with the word: “Exit?”. It has a fade translucent “X” design on top as well as a deep blue filter.]


[Second image: an abstract photograph of Vanessa enveloped in a transparent holographic cellophane. Her lips & nose are visible and she is holding up a ripped piece of paper that says: “Exit?”. There is a filter that makes the image feel geometric and filled with dark colors.]

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