Felipe Escalante

Felipe Escalante began his career at 6, performing the folk dances of his birthplace, Querétaro, México. A graduate of Mexico’s National Center of Contemporary Dance he choreographed his first piece at 16, and has since developed a repertoire of more than 20 works. He was commissioned in 2015 to participate in the International Festival of Young Choreographers in México. Escalante received the Choreography Award in 2017 for his piece Animula, vagula, blandula at the Series IV Festival in Manhattan.

Also in 2017, he founded his company Tabula Rasa Dance Theater, which advocates for the most disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and vulnerable populations by both raising and giving opportunities for multiple communities affected by the injustices including mass incarceration, the border wall and xenophobia.

In 2018, Escalante received a grant from the Ford Foundation to create Ex umbra in solem, addressing the global refugee crisis. He has since received further Ford Foundation support for his work with Tabula Rasa Dance Theater in 2021.   Find more about Felipe’s company at https://www.tabularasadancetheater.com/