Breaking Down Barriers/ Contemporary Technique & Composition

Originally from New York, NY, Sharon Estacio is an American dance artist residing in Florence, Italy. She attended FH Laguardia HS of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, simultaneously a fellowship student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She received her BFA from New York University/ Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the JS Seidman Award. 

As a dance artist in NYC, her previous works include commissions by Aaron Davis Hall, Mulberry Street Theater with the Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Women in Motion: Blueprint (Estrogenius Festival NYC). Her work has also been presented at Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, Joe’s Pub (DanceNOW[NYC]), Dixon Place, Jacob’s Pillow, La MaMa, WAX and others. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Dragon’s Egg (CT) and Earthdance (MA).

In Italy since 2009, Estacio's work has been presented at the Nao Performing Festival, Nao Crea @Uovo Festival, Fabbrica Europa, La MaMa Spoleto Open, Teatro della Limonaia (Sesto Fiorentino), MAD (formerly Le Murate PAC), Officina Caos/ Teatro Stalker. Estacio was an artist-in-residence at DiD Studio/ Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan and artist-in-residence and collaborator for Workspace Ricerca X from 2015-2016 at the Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno (TO).

Her current work, The Reconciliation of Magik Salap (A Triptych), focuses on perception with respect to social and cultural identities developed outside of their original context. Phase I premiered at the Jorge Vargas Museum (Univ. of the PI, Diliman) in Manila, Philippines April 2015; Phase II most recently in Cagliari, Italy December 2018 as part of the festival "La Città che Viaggia - Festa delle Creatività Giovanili“ (supported by MiBAC). Phase III will eventually premiere in NYC in collaboration with the Filipino American Museum (FAM).

Estacio has performed for artists Marina Abramović, Elena Giannotti, Alessandro Sciarroni, Doug Elkins, Eun Me Ahn, Kevin Wynn, Clare Byrne, Stephan Koplowitz, Will Rawls, Katie Workum and Alice Gosti, among others. Her physical explorations reflect these experiences as well as her work in holistic health and study of tai chi. Her current movement practice questions mutations of cultural identities. How does the body's movement articulate the evolution of tradition resulting from these cultural translocations?