Base Residency Entry Point: Naomi Macalalad Bragin and Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra

Seattle, WA

Base Residency Entry Point: Naomi Macalalad Bragin and Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra


Please join us at Base on Saturday, June 15 at 6:30pm for a community activation, facilitated by Naomi Macalalad Bragin and Milvia Pacheco Salvatierra in collaboration with local artists Akoiya Harris, Aviona Rodriguez Brown, Iris Viveros, jas moultrie, and Nia-Amina Minor.

For this residency, Milvia and Naomi will explore their collaborative process in dialogue with working artists. They will design a creative lab for interdisciplinary artists whose mediums include movement, voice, sound and writing. They will facilitate the three-day lab for a group of invited artists, during which participants will build collaborative practices and generate experimental forms.


Space is limited– please reserve a free ticket in advance. Masks are encouraged, but not required at Base.


Naomi Macalalad Bragin works at intersections of movement, sound and word. As part of the artistic collaboration Little Brown Language/Umalalengua Okan, she is interested in exploring translation as a body-based medium for accessing hidden histories and activating processes of cultural syncretism and psychosomatic healing. Her practice is deeply informed by her ongoing study of rhythms and forms of African Diaspora street and club dance. 

Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra is an artist born in Caracas-Venezuela, where she began her career as a dancer combining dance and theater training. Experiences with trauma at an early age fueled in her a pressing drive toward movement. Milvia went on to devote her life to reaching liberation through art and movement. In this journey, she has become a dancer, choreographer, performer, mother and Community Organizer. MÁS (Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle) has become the platform where she continue serving as a conduit for healing and liberation. Milvia’s own experiences with the healing aspects of dance, inform the work she creates. She believe that the worst events that can happen in your life are those that allow you to grow and change.  People experience a wide range of emotions throughout their lives,  as we open our bodies to this memory, including pain, regret, passion, and joy, we begin to feel the force of life and how it can help reconcile the body with its past.  When anger meets movement in its full expression, it creates an opening.  Pain is released through the promise of power. This is the impulse that Milvia uses to create her work.


Accessibility at Base:

The Factory has a ramped entrance located at the north end of the building (through the orange door); the southern entrance of the building is only accessible by stairs. The building has limited outside lighting and can be difficult to navigate and locate when its dark out.

Once inside, Base is accessible by ramp through our front doors. Please note that Base is not a scent-free space. The Factory has two gender neutral multi-stall restrooms and two single stall restrooms that are wheelchair accessible.

Because we share a building with other studios, there are often industrial noises throughout the building and heavy machinery operated such as forklifts.

Any additional accessibility needs/requests for the show? Reach out to



Photo provided by Bruce Tom

[Image Description: Performance: Umalalengua Okan at Black Collectivity To Gather 
Milvia stands on a Fandango tarima foot drum, centered in a pool of amber light circled by flickering candles. She gazes downward clutching the folds of her blue-black sequin skirt. An altar rises in half shadow behind her. ]