mignolo dance is a contemporary dance company founded by sisters Charly & Eriel Santagado in 2017. They are lifelong dance and creative partners dedicated to developing new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement.
Manifested Destiny is an evening-length work choreographed by sisters Charly & Eriel Santagado. The piece explores American culture through the lens of great American literature across recent history. From Walt Whitman to Claudia Rankine, from Langston Hughes to John Steinbeck to Amy Tan, Manifested Destiny calls upon the work of 13 American writers with a wide range of backgrounds and styles. Over the course of the evening, the perspectives of these authors are examined chronologically through precise, language-inspired choreography that highlights how they clash and coincide. The piece opens and closes with a movement translation of To Elsie, William Carlos Williams' harrowing poem about the plight of America.