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Masaya

I am currently developing ‘Masaya’, a community project that draws on the stories of woman from the past, the present and the future. It aims to raise awareness of the female collective and how it can be used as a supportive and transformative tool on issues related to violence against women.

The first phase of Masaya has involved a series of theatre workshops with women and girls in Oxfordshire. These sessions have used image work, movement and masks to consider, what does it mean to be a woman in today’s society? What is our individual and collective vision for the future? And what power can be drawn from standing together as a collective?

In the second phase of the project, ‘Masaya’ will be developed, a performance piece on womanhood based on the work and voices collected during the workshop phase. Masaya will spread the empowered vision of women and through doing so we hope she will help plant the seed for change.

The Team

Natalia Varela

DIRECTOR

Natalia Varela

Natalia is a Dramatherapist and co-founder of Plutonyka. She is currently committed directing MASAYA and she aims to use it as a connecting and transformative tool to empower women worldwide.
www.Plutonyka.com

Belen L Yanez

MASK WORKSHOP

Belen L Yanez

Belen is a visual artist, performance maker and a co-founder of Plutonyka. She has created masks for almost a decade and they have become an important part in her performances.
www.belenlyanez.com

Laura Guarch

VOCAL WORKSHOP

Laura Guarch

Laura Guarch is a singer, composer, performance maker and workshop leader from Catalonia based in the UK. She creates work with her artistic company Convex and facilitates creativity and improvisation workshops under her platform ImproPlay.
www.lauraguarch.com

Sarah Cassidy

BODY SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

Sarah Cassidy

Sarah is an Applied Theatre practitioner specialising in the use of interactive facilitation and theatre techniques to help people explore social issues, express ideas, and develop skills and confidence.
www.sarahcassidy.co.uk

Rocio H. Valentin

VIDEO & LOGO

Rocio H. Valentin

Rocio H. Valentin is a visual artist born in Madrid and based in London. She studied photography and video and kept learning other visual related fields such as graphic design and stage lighting.
www.rociohvalentin.wixsite.com

Helena Teira

FUNDRAISING SUPPORT

Helena Teira

Helena Teira is a young professional producer with a broad experience in marketing and fundraising within the cultural and charity sectors. Helena is now working with companies to approach arts to audiences from minority backgrounds.

Amelia Hernandez

COMMUNICATION ADVISOR

Amelia Hernandez

Amelia is a strategist from New Your City and currently based in Madrid, Spain. She is a self-described “people professional”, dedicated to creating meaningful connections between brands and communities.

Kimberlie Birks

CURATORIAL ADVISOR

Kimberlie Birks

Kimberlie Birks is an art and design writer. Her work has been featured in Dwell, Domus, Metropolis, and CNN.com. She recently published Design for Children (Phaidon) and she is a co-founder of Creative States
www.creative-states.org.