Wally Cardona

Performing Arts, 2013

Wally Cardona is a choreographer, dancer and educator. His current cycle of work actively creates space for his practice to mutate in collaborative processes that are both intimate and crowded. A select list includes TOOL IS LOOT (2011), resulting from games of aesthetic disorientation, made with choreographer Jennifer Lacey and composer Jonathan Bepler; Interventions 1-7 (2010-11), composed of encounters in which Cardona voluntarily subjected himself to the requests and opinions of “outsiders,” including a sommelier, astrophysicist, architect and social activist; Movements within Stream (2010), an outdoor mini-myth; Really Real (2009), a "people piece" for 100 individuals, including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Revival (2009), performed by 30 dancers in the abandoned upper balcony of the old Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia; and A Light Conversation (2008), a physical dialogue on aesthetics vs. ethics, love, commitment and sacrifice, made with Swiss/British choreographer Rahel Vonmoos. Honors include a Bessie award, Guggenheim Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship. In 2012, Cardona was named a Doris Duke Artist as part of the inaugural class of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: Cardona is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life artist-in-residence.

2017: Reflection Time Residency at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL.

2017: To support the participation of Proeung Chhieng, Heni Winahyuningsih, Kapila Venu and Rajeev Padamparil in the premiere presentation of The Set Up: Island Ghost Sleep Princess Time Story Show at River to River Festival 2017.

2016: Cardona is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life artist-in-residence.


Cardona is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life artist-in-residence for a third year.


Cardona is a Dance in Process artist-in-residence at Gibney Dance Center in New York City.


Cardona is in residence at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Creative Exchange Lab and Vermont Performance Lab.

2015: Support for work with Kapila Venu, preeminent practitioner of Kutiyattam, a form of ancient Sanskrit theater.

2014: Support for work with Saya Lei, a master artist of a Mandalay style of Burmese classical dance.


Cardona is a two-year residency artist in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's "Extended Life" residency program in New York City.