Maldonado Cristina


Performance artist, lecturer

Mexican artist based in Prague whose background in body movement lends a unique approach to her visual and conceptual experiments with video, sound, collage and performance.

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Since 2001 Maldonado works independently, directing and performing experimental theater and has presented her work in diverse contexts and countries. Her most recent production is Stereopresence, a videoperformance in collaboration with dramaturge Sodja Lotker, that addresses the topic of Alzheimer using multiple live video channels. Currently she mainly works in two multidisciplinary platforms – What She Does a solo project that appropriates old films to make live intervention improvisations, The Stranger Gets a Gift performances for one person at a time using diverse media resulting in participatory installations. Since 2003 she has consistently created and presented work in Czech Republic: Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (editions 2003, 2007, 2011), Experiment in Terror, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (2011), Theorem of Wanting, Roxy/NoD (2009), Brutality of Fact, and Body Conference Festival 4+4 days in motion (2004 and 2006), Audiowitness, Honestly Old, MeetFactory (2010), Melodrama Mexicano, Transteatral Festival (2010). She has also organized various exchanges between Czech Republic and Mexico: e.g. Día de Día Muertos Feast (collaboration with Loutky bez hranice, MOTUS and Alfred ve dvoře, 2015 and 2016), Botana Mexicana (Experimental Space NoD and DIVUS, 2013). Maldonado sustains a long term collaboration with company Divadlo HoME of American artist Howard Lotker. She has also collaborated with sound artists Jara Tarnovski, Tomáš Procházka, Petr Vrba, Alex Lozada, Ivan Palácky, Extraños en el Tren, Nienvox and the Prague Improvisation Orchestra, Tiempo de Bailar.

Currently she is teaching at the Master program of Directing of Devised and Object Theater in the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She is also an associate lecturer of the Foundation and Fine Arts programs of the Prague College university teaching Experimental Media and Extended Media in Art and Design.

Maldonado won the Art Education and Research Award of the National Institute of Fine Arts (2010) and was nominated for the best production of the year in the Czech journal Divadelní noviny (2014).