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Union City, NJ

Photo by Victor Blanco

Cara Hagan is a mover, maker, writer, curator, champion of just communities, and a dreamer. She believes in the power of art to upend the laws of time and physics, a necessary occurrence in pursuit of liberation. In her work, no object or outcome is sacred; but the ritual to get there is. Hagan’s adventures take place as live performance, on screen, as installation, on the page, and in collaboration with others.

Hagan and her work have traveled to the Performática Festival (Cholula, Mexico), the Conference on Geopoetics (Edinburgh, Scotland), the Loikka Dance Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland), the Taos Poetry Festival (Taos, NM), and the Dance on Camera Festival (New York, NY). Extended residencies have taken place at Thirak India (Jaipur, India), PLAYA (Summer Lake, OR), Roehampton University (London, England), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts.

Cara is grateful to have received financial support from various organizations and institutions, including the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, the Dance Films Association, the Filmed in NC Fund, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Forsyth County Arts Council, the Appalachian State University Research Council, the Watauga County Arts Council, and Betty’s Daughter Arts.

Hagan is editor and contributor to the anthology Practicing Yoga as Resistance: Voices of Color in Search of Freedom and author of Screendance from Film to Festival: Celebration and Curatorial Practice and a forthcoming new book titled Ritual Activism. Cara joined the faculty of The New School in 2022 as Associate Professor and Program Director for the MFA in Contemporary Theatre Performance.

Ideas in Motion: Community Commissioning Residency (2020-2021)

NCCMedia: How People Move People (2023)

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