mar parrilla

Neighborhood Salon Luminary

Mar parrilla is an award-winning choreographer and founding Artistic Director of Danza Orgánica. Born and raised in San Juan- Puerto Rico, she moved to NYC where she pursued a Master's degree in Dance Education from New York University. Parrilla is a proud recipient of several grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Foundation- among others. She is currently a resident artist in the city of Boston, through their unique Boston AIR (Artist in Residence) program.

As a Luminary, I was able to reconnect with my artistic community, and my artistic voice, in a new and engaging way.

— mar parrilla

During her time as a Luminary, parrilla performed her original piece Running in Stillness in Calderwood Hall, addressing the impact of incarceration on families and featuring a talkback with dancers, local leaders, and youth organizers. Parrilla returned to the Gardner for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in January, 2018 for her newest dance piece Melaza. Parrilla has been commissioned to choreograph an original dance performance for the Gardner’s special exhibition Life, Death, & Revelry coming summer 2018. This performance can be seen June 28 and July 12, 2018 during our free Neighborhood Nights celebrations. Parrilla will return to the Gardner as a featured dancer during the upcoming event Life in Stories on March 24, 2018, in conjunction with the Museum's Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth exhibition.

Follow her on Instagram @danzaorganica.

Video by Daymian Mejia

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year with a digital program of our local Indigenous collaborators.