Monica Guerra is a Textile Artist and Designer with a background in Fashion Design. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Mr. Smith once again on such a dynamic project. Ms. Guerra and Mr. Smith have also been partnering on a project for Opéra National de Bordeaux to premiere in spring 2020. Their previous works include Reverberance for Pennsylvania Ballet, Resonance for Den Norske Ballet & Opera, Celestial for Mariinsky Ballet, Reveal for Houston Ballet, Fading Figures for Tulsa Ballet and In Touch for the NYC Dance Alliance. Most recently Guerra collaborated with dancer/choreographer Oliver Halkowich for their unique disco ballet premiere of Following for Houston Ballet. She has also had the pleasure of working closely with Ballet Austin’s director, Stephen Mills; works include Fields, Kai, Belonging and Carbon 53.
At the start of Ms. Guerra’s career, Artistic Director Stanton Welch commissioned her to co-design A Doll’s House for Houston Ballet in 2008. She later had the opportunity to work with Norwegian National Ballet dancer and choreographer Melissa Hough in designing costumes and textiles for her provocative piece; The Third Kind [is] Useless, also for Houston Ballet. As a Textile Artist, Guerra has created hand-painted and specialty dyed fabrics for productions including The Rite of Spring, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Marie. She has also created textiles for Houston Grand Opera’s The Ring Cycle’s: Die Walküre, Carmen, Peter Grimes and Zandra Rhodes' critically acclaimed Aida.