Natalia Lassalle-Morillo is a theater director, filmmaker, performer, visual artist, and educator whose work reconstructs history through a transdisciplinary approach to research, form, and narrative. Melding theatrical performance, intuitive experimental ethnography, and collaborations with non-trained performers, Natalia’s practice centers on excavating imagined and archived history. She decentralizes canonical narratives through embodied reenactments and challenges the priority of written history by foregrounding the creation of new mythologies. Her ongoing project En Parábola/Conversations on Tragedy examines the accumulation of political, seismic, and atmospheric tragedies in Puerto Rico through ancient Greek texts. Simultaneously a live performance, experimental film, and installation, Conversations reimagines Sophocles’s Antigone with a cast of untrained performers from Puerto Rico the island and the diaspora in the United States. Her work creates a meeting place to collectively uncover the spiritual consciousness that emerges from decades of cumulative tragedies. While at Amant, Natalia will carry out on-site research with members of the Puerto Rican diaspora in South Williamsburg, Bushwick, and the Lower East Side, and initiate an intuitive filmmaking and rehearsal process with collaborators from these communities.
Natalia earned an MFA in Theatre Directing from CalArts and a BFA in Drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her work is part of the KADIST collection, and she has been a resident artist at MASS Moca (North Adams), Fonderie Darling (Montréal), Miami Light Project (Miami), Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Konvent (Barcelona). She is a 2022 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and her work has been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Santa Cruz), SeMA (Seoul), MOD Theater (CalArts, Los Angeles), and the USF Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa), among others. Natalia was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and developed her creative practice nomadically between Puerto Rico, New York, Montréal, Miami, and Los Angeles. She is currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.