Alicia Díaz


Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton co-founded Agua Dulce Dance Theater in New York City in 2006. The company creates work for concert dance, outdoor environments, multi-media, and site-specific projects. Agua Dulce has performed and taught in festivals, universities, colleges and high schools traveling to Mexico, Puerto Rico and across the U.S., including the 2006 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series.  In 2010, they collaborated with choreographer Steven Iannacone in Desde el Jardín performed in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Alumni Concert in NYC.  The Seed and The Gardener a film by KimSu Theiler choreographed by Díaz and Thornton, was presented in the 2011 Dance Films @ The Flea Festival. Agua Dulce opened for Grammy award winning musical sextet “eighth blackbird” with passing through—a multi-media collaboration with Thayer Jonutz, Catch Me Dance Project, sound artist Oliver Lyons, composer Andy McGraw, video artist KimSu Theiler, and light artist Patrick Kraehenbuehl—presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts in 2013.  down by the riverside, i remember you, a film by Alicia Diaz featuring Matthew Thornton, was awarded a prize at the 2015 Richmond Dance Festival. Díaz and Thornton collaborated with Maida Withers Construction Company in a groundbreaking collaboration between dance, neuroscience, 3D projected computer art, and live electronic music performed at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Agua Dulce presented an evening of work entitled Deep Listening at the Pregones Theater in NYC. Díaz and Thornton are dance faculty at The University of Richmond.