Meet Lourdes Luna, one of the leading women of Mexican dance


Tell us about yourself 

I was born in Monterrey [northern Mexico] into a conventional family. I’m the youngest of five sisters and the only one who is dedicated to art. When my father died in 1992, I decided to move to the south of Mexico to start professional projects. I am the mom of two wonderful children: Lisa, 18, who has also decided to be a dancer, and Diego, 21, currently majoring in civil engineering. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

Without a doubt, to be able to achieve artistic objectives in such a demanding profession like dance. To keep having, throughout the years, total creative freedom, which allows me to develop my ideas and share them with a team that gives its heart to each work. 

What is the hardest part of your job? 

Mexico is a country with serious problems in education and economic development. For any artist here, it has been and will be difficult to be able to make a living from this occupation and create projects that involve benefits for others. 

What is your advice for people who are just getting started as choreographers or creative directors? 

The main advice I like to give is to search from the deepest place: a voice that provides an identity and that translates into a language of one’s own. It’s important to listen closely to our context’s heartbeat so our creations are understood and valued by audiences. 

What is your biggest source of inspiration? 

There’s a heavy load of introspection in contemporary art to bring out a topic or genuine, necessary questioning. Constant observation of the human condition and social contexts are the main inspiration engines for my work. I also rely on collaborating with other creators who enrich my work and make me grow as an artist. Partnerships with multimedia and music creatives have been fundamental for my recent pieces. 

What are some of your goals for the rest of 2019? 

Créssida Contemporary Dance is a cultural enterprise that designs, produces and operates multiple projects of different natures. At the moment, we’re preparing for the 10th edition of the Festival Yucatán Escénica, an international platform that makes it possible for us to host artists and creators from all over the world. 

The company has 15 performances of diverse projects lined up for the rest of the year, all in various performing arts spaces in Mexico, which is why our goal is to continue to strengthen our work and reach the widest possible audience with it. 

What makes living in Mexico unique for an artist? 

We are based in Mérida, Yucatán, in the south of Mexico. The city has been continuously named the safest city in the nation and the life quality here is way above the rest of the country’s average. These conditions make it possible not only to develop our work in optimal conditions, but to also have a perfect setting to manage and execute artistic residencies with national and international creators, as well as collaborations for projects on both levels. 

What does a typical day look like for you? 

Well, I’m a mom, manager, and director of a dance school, a dance company and an international festival, so my days are crazy! 

7:00 am – I wake up without an alarm and start the most important part of my day. Between 7 and 9 am, with a cup of coffee in hand, I get to have silence, which makes for the best time to meditate, plan, evaluate and program important things. This is when creative ideas emerge, as well as ways to solve problems and deal with whatever comes up. 

11:00 am – I leave my house at 10:30 and go into the studio and direct company rehearsals in between calls and meetings with my administration, communication and design teams. 

2:30 pm – I finish rehearsal and go home to have lunch with my daughter. We both cook most of the time and chat a bit about our day. Mandatorily, by doctor’s orders, I take a 40-minute nap. 

5:30 pm – I go to my office at the Yucatán Dance Conservatory and get administrative and management work done. 

9:00 pm – I go back home. Since I live in a place with extreme heat and humidity, the first thing I do is put on my bathing suit and get in the pool to do a 40 minute exercise routine that helps me keep some injuries in check. 

I really enjoy that there’s also a lot of silence. In between the vegetation in my garden and the water movement, I achieve a moment of relaxation and recovery. This is also a good time for creation and imagination.