The Kennedy Center

Gabriel Mata


Gabriel Mata presents artistic work that merges dance and physical theater, his dances expose truths hidden behind the facade of choreography. Gabriel Mata is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, and performer. He graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The Star Tribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” He has been with sjDANCEco since 2012 as a performer and commissioned as a company choreographer. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia. He has been awarded the Best of Fringe 2017 for his work Out of the Shadows, the Mina Garman Award for Excellence in Choreography and the Carol Ann Haws Award for Excellence in Performance.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/29/2019: sjDANCEco & Gabriel Mata/Movements

sjDANCEco’s performance demonstrates the power and poetry of dance through José Limón’s “The Exiles,” inspired by the exodus during and following WWII, to Maria Basile’s  “The Upward Spiral,” new work by Gabriel Mata that merges dance and physical theater, and a group collaborative that explores the multi-generational experiences of its cast.

Presented as part of DIRECT CURRENT

Gabriel Mata