Andrea Woods Valdés

Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance

External address: 205 Bivins Building, 2 Bordie Gym Drive, Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686
Phone: (919) 660-3358

Overview

In my work I use dance as contemporary folklore. Everyone has a story to tell. The presence of Black women in America offers a rich and valuable landscape to explore. As a former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, my creative process is strongly linked to identity and representation. My research is equally physical, creative and scholarly. My areas of interest include women in the arts, Afro-Cuban dance/music, African Diaspora history/culture through performance and Dance for the Camera. Currently I creating a series of unrelated works that promote original music by women composers. I focus on intra-cultural, interdisciplinary dialogues and activities that happen between Black women artists beyond the boundaries of national and political identities. My creative process explores the intersections between dance, music and writing as my own brand of performed folklore. SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers is the vehicle for the performance work I create. My company exists as a creative hub where projects and performances invite collaborators, artists and scholars to become part of the creative process In addition, I have recently joined with Black women artist in the Durham area to initiate the Black Women's Choreography Collective, which serves to support and nurture the creative process and cultural identity.    Edit

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., Ohio State University 1999

  • B.A., Adelphi University 1986

The Ocean Under. Choreographer. (2014)

This work features live and electronic music by composer/flutist Julia Price. It has been part of my choreographic mission to create works to original music by women composers.

I am Forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain Forever.
-Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown: A musical spirit dance/folk performance . Choreographer, Director, Writer. (2014)

"The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown" is performed folklore based in tradition, stories, legends and folk. With original live and recorded music, Grace May B. Brown is a soulful, spirit-filled, dancing, musical folk performance. The work retells history and folklore through dance, music and song, whispers and shouts. Grace's adventures travel in and out of generations of folk who direct her toward a sense of belonging. Grace May’s story is one of praise and laughter, kin and dust. The world opens to her lovely, sassy wings: “Who are you and where do you belong?” “I am Grace and I belong everywhere.”

Adinkra Wisdom. Choreographer. (2013)

I created Adinkra Wisdom after directing the Duke In Ghana summer study for 2 summers. I was highly motivated to incorporate the cultural traditions into the contemporary work I make as an artist in the United Stated. The work is inspired by Akan symbols that represent Ghanaian values and thought. As non-verbal illustration of proverbs, parables and maxims they portray the philosophical thinking and way of life of Akan people. The ideology represented by graphic symbols brings out the philosophical, educational, historical and moral values inherent in the Adrinkra symbol for the benefit of both Ghanaians and foreigners. Their significance can be universal and contemporary, and can be given relation to any people of any land.

New Moon Sister. Choreographer. (2012)

Video Installation Work. Woods begins work on new video dance based on the female fertility cycle and expressions of how the female body changes emotionally, spiritually, energetically and physically.

I got wings. Choreographer. (2012)

Woods restages "i got wings" for Duke University Repertory Class students. Original work was staged on Woods company SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers in Brooklyn, NY in 2009. Work in includes dance, song and spoken text.

This Is What I Heard. Choreographer. See rehearsal preview (2011)

Duke University Dance Program November Dances, Fall Concert Reynolds Industries Theater Program will include "This Is What I Heard", new choreography by Andrea E. Woods to music by Randy Weston. November 11-12, 2011.

Molibongue: Let the Name of the Women be Praised. Performing artist. (2006)

Commissioned work w/ live music, "Molibongue: Let the Name of the Women be Praised". SOULOWORKS in collaboration with the all female vocal/percussion group, WOMEN OF THE CALABASH.

New Moon Sister. Choreographer. (2012)

Video Installation Work. Woods begins work on new video dance based on the female fertility cycle and expressions of how the female body changes emotionally, spiritually, energetically and physically.

I got wings. Choreographer. (2012)

Woods restages "i got wings" for Duke University Repertory Class students. Original work was staged on Woods company SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers in Brooklyn, NY in 2009. Work in includes dance, song and spoken text.

This Is What I Heard. Choreographer. See rehearsal preview (2011)

Duke University Dance Program November Dances, Fall Concert Reynolds Industries Theater Program will include "This Is What I Heard", new choreography by Andrea E. Woods to music by Randy Weston. November 11-12, 2011.

Andrea Valdes: Performances, 2011. Performing artist. (2011)

Andrea Valdes: Performances, 2010. Performing artist. (2010)

Andrea Valdes: Performances, 2009. Performing artist. (2009)

Molibongue: Let the Name of the Women be Praised. Performing artist. (2006)

Commissioned work w/ live music, "Molibongue: Let the Name of the Women be Praised". SOULOWORKS in collaboration with the all female vocal/percussion group, WOMEN OF THE CALABASH.

New Moon Sister. Choreographer. (2012)

Video Installation Work. Woods begins work on new video dance based on the female fertility cycle and expressions of how the female body changes emotionally, spiritually, energetically and physically.

New Moon Sister. Choreographer. (2012)

Video Installation Work. Woods begins work on new video dance based on the female fertility cycle and expressions of how the female body changes emotionally, spiritually, energetically and physically.