Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers

Antonio Ramos and the Gang BangersMira Mira on the Wall is a work that sets itself from hybridity, mixing genre, culture and racial elements. The foundations of the characters are exposed to be transformed into something different with no other definition but what the context brings, therefore there is a constant crisis on the identity which is never quite defined.

Antonio Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he trained in jazz, salsa and African dance. He later received a B.F.A. in Dance from Purchase College/SUNY. Ramos began his career performing with Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Concierto and Ballet Municipal (Puerto Rico). More recently, Ramos has performed with choreographers Mark Dendy, Neil Greenberg, Kari Hooas, Luis Lara Malvacias, Jeremy Nelson, Stephen Petronio, Merian Soto, Kevin Wynn, Ori Flomin and Donna Uchizono, among others. His choreography has been produced at El Museo del Barrio, Hostos College, The Kitchen (Work and Process), New York Live Arts (Studio Series), Dance Theater Workshop (FreshTracks and Split Stream), SUNY/Purchase, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!),Dixon Place, P.S. 122, Joes Pub, Taller Pregones, Danspace Project, Lexington Center for the Arts in New York, DanceNow Downtown, Princeton University, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Fringe Festival 2000 at Theatre La Chappelle (Montreal, Canada), The Painted Bride (Philadelphia PA) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). Pepatian also produced his work in the Bronx at BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and Pregones Theater/Teatro Pregones. He received a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund through Movement Research and was recently a nominee for the United States Artist Fellowship. Most recently, Antonio was an Artist-in-Residence at El Museo del Barrio. He is a 2011-12 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Award Recipient.

Ramos has taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Ballet de San Juan; Ballet Teatro de Puerto Rico; Ballet Municipal of Puerto Rico; Ballet Concierto; Danza Jazz of Puerto Rico; Dance Space Center; BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; Latin Dance Festival in New York City; Princeton, Cornell, Wesleyan and Marymount Universities; Barnard College; SUNY/Purchase; The New School; NYU; The International School of Bangkok; Den Norsken Ballett Hoyskole in Oslo, Norway; and The Paluca Shule in Dresden, Germany.

Ramos is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Zero Balancing Practitioner, and Watsu Practitioner. He is currently becoming certified in The Feldenkrais Method.

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