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EL SUEÑO is a contemporary dance film created in collaboration by two Mexican-American dance artists. Director/Choreographer Alicia Mullikin and Filmmaker/Dancer Devin Muñoz explore what it means to be powerful brown women and to be the narrators and illustrators of their own stories. Filmed in the scenic Mohave Desert, featuring an original score composed and played by multi-instrumentalist Daniel Mullikin, the work offers a glimpse of the woven landscapes of pain and joy echoed in both ancient and contemporary experience that are central to the film and the dancers who are part of it. EL SUEÑO offers an intimate glimpse of female archetypes-- mother, grandmother, queen, and warrior. These ancestors are reimagined as traits that are passed down through generations and challenges us to take ownership over the world we leave for our future ancestors. The film seeks to honor the many brown women who have risked it all for the next generation of dreamers.


Direction and Choreography
Alicia Mullikin

Devin Muñoz

Daniel Mullikin

Time Lapse & Drone Footage

Aachix̂ Qağaduug Elise Beers

Olivia Anderson, Tessa Bañales, Aachix̂ Qağaduug Elise Beers,
Melanie Katzen, Devin Muñoz,

Elizabeth Sugawara 

Videography and Editing
Devin Muñoz, Alicia Mullikin

Brett Allbritton

Production Manager
Tessa Bañales

Technical Director
Meg Fox

Special Thanks:

Special thank you to eXit SPACE school of Dance, Velocity Dance Center, Northwest Film Forum, Debbie Wong, and Nalisha Rangel for their foundational contributions that made this work possible. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of our audience members and donors for believing in this work and sustaining us through the very scary moments of the pandemic when we weren’t sure this work would ever make it to audiences. We are so grateful for you. 


Alicia Mullikin

Alicia Mullikin is an Indigenous Chicana dance artist, educator, and community organizer. She is the visionary behind El Sueño. With a Master's degree in Dance from Cal State University of Long Beach, Alicia's dance experience spans both classical dance styles and Indigenous Danza Azteca, granting her a unique perspective in fostering culturally resonant dance centered on racial literacy and decolonization. Her work has been featured at numerous schools, institutions, and studios across the United States which has propelled Alicia's powerful expressions of Mexican Indigenous Identity to the forefront. In 2023, Alicia's unwavering dedication to advocacy earned her recognition as one of only fifteen national artists honored as an Arts Advocacy Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Through her artistry and activism, Alicia Mullikin strives to empower historically marginalized communities and nurture future ancestors. 

Devin Muñoz


Devin Marie Muñoz (she/her), Mexican American Seattle based photographer and videographer, has been honing her skills ranging in dance photography to editorial storytelling and film for the past few years. As a dancer herself, Devin blended her photography skills with her seventeen years of dance experience, bringing about the perfect fusion of her two passions. With film as an added extension of dance and photography, Devin understands how vital it is to emulate the same energy put into performance onto the screen. With live performance only existing as long as show dates we lose the potential to reach masses. This practice introduces people to movement and is a guide for different forms of communication.


Tessa Bañales


Tessa Bañales is a movement artist and collaborator of Persian and Mexican American heritage. Beyond her role as a Production Stage Manager with Teatro Zinzanni, Tessa has been a co-director for PRICEarts N.E.W. Dance Company where she channeled her dedication towards representing and empowering local communities. She actively partners with groups like El Sueño, where she can merge art with advocacy to uplift marginalized people and communities. Through her involvement as a dancer and production manager with El Sueño, she is able to seamlessly blend her artistic passion with her backstage expertise, amplifying narratives of shared history and aspirations for the future. Tessa has been instrumental in bringing to life some of El Sueño’s most ambitious exhibitions and projects.

Aachix̂ Qağaduug
Elise Beers

Elise Beers Aachix̂ Qağaduug (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Aleut/Unangan Native American Tribe. Aachix̂ is a Seattle based Choreographer with Earth Works Dance and a media arts creator with ebprojects. Elise Beers Aachix̂ Qağaduug currently has a BFA in Dance Performance Choreography and Filmmaking from BYU. She holds a Personal Training Certification through ACE and is currently coaching locally. Additionally,  Elise - Aachix̂ worked for a practicing Native Healer that helped inspire her passion for physical and mental health. Her drive for dance is fueled by nature and her passion for lifelong full-body wellness. As an Unangan Alaskan Native woman, she hopes to express modern native art created today. 



Elizabeth Sugawara


Elizabeth Sugawara (She/Her) is a second generation, Japanese American movement maker, artist and collaborator. She moves through the world constantly inspired by her Grandmother, who showed her what care, empathy and generosity mean. Elizabeth has been a performer for EL SUEÑO, The Three Yells, SOTO+TOWER, and many others. Elizabeth is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University, where she is sensing, imagining, clarifying, expanding and celebrating her complexity and depth as a moving body.

Melanie Katzen

Melanie Katzen (she/her) is a second-generation Chinese Canadian dance artist currently residing in Santa Monica, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts under the mentorship of Laura Ann Smyth. Within the past three years, Melanie has been fortunate to work closely with Alicia Mullikin and the EL SUEÑO cast. She is now teaching and choreographing for young dancers and hoping to create a focused, nurturing dance environment similar to what she has experienced with Alicia Mullikin. Melanie is looking forward to exploring further opportunities within the field of performance art.



Olivia Anderson


Olivia Anderson (she/her) is a white Irish/Italian dance artist born and raised in Seattle, WA. She is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Dance and American Ethnic Studies. She grew up dancing in eXit SPACE School of Dance’s pre-professional program, and has since danced for a number of Seattle-based companies including badmarmarDANCE, Dani Tirrell and the Congregation, EL SUEÑO, and various other individual artists.

Daniel Mullikin

Daniel Mullikin (he/him) is a multi-instrumentalist with a diverse professional history ranging from orchestral and chamber performance, film and television scoring, composition and accompaniment for dance, private and group instruction, lutherie, and audio engineering. Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Redlands, CA and studied the Kodály Method at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is currently acting as Site Coordinator for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he partners with the Seattle Public School District to secure access to music for the schools furthest from educational equity. Daniel believes that music is a tool for social and emotional growth and is intended to be shared and accessible to everyone.

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