Doris Duke Artist Award, 2012
Wally Cardona began dancing at age 18 and could not stop. In 2008, he began cultivating a practice of undoing, initiating unfamiliar collaborations that mutated his practice and proximity to others. This shift inspired a 6-year undertaking called The Set Up (2012-2017), a series of 7 dances in 7 distinct sites made with Jennifer Lacey and 7 master artists of 7 existent dance forms; TOOL IS LOOT (2011), resulting from games of aesthetic disorientation, made with Lacey and composer Jonathan Bepler; Really Real (2009), a "people piece" for 100 individuals, including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; and A Light Conversation (2008), a physical dialogue on aesthetics vs. ethics, love, commitment and sacrifice, made with Swiss/British choreographer Rahel Vonmoos. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, and a Bessie Award. Commissions include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.