Rumba Sola (video still), 2014


Rumba Sola
2014
Digital Video, b/w, sound
1:25 min



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In Rumba Sola, Garcia collages herself into a black and white Hollywood film, transporting her to 1939. She embodies the rumba, the dance of Cuba which is traditionally performed with a partner. In subverting the choreography, Garcia performs the dance solo, executing each step from the memory of being led. In compositing her body over the original female performer the choreography is traced on screen. Through the act of repetition, Garcia continuously dances in a circle ‘around’ the male performer, interrogating cultural notions of gender roles in dance through the exploration of who is leading whom.