Join Levi Gonzalez, collaborators and willing Monday Night Class students for an informal sharing of Levi’s current research that covers such terrain as:
the loaded expectations of performance; modeling dance and text after Rube Goldberg machines; and rethinking night club dancing as an expression of queer fantasy. In keeping with the idea of RESEARCH, the showing will consist of fragments and barely considered transitions, new approaches to audience relations, and the high likelihood of failure and discovery in the moment.
Your presence is deeply welcome and appreciated.
Levi Gonzalez is a dance artist and native Angeleno, who was based in New York City from 1998-2016, and is currently living and working in Los Angeles. He collaborates regularly with luciana achugar, and has performed extensively with Donna Uchizono Company, John Jasperse Company, Juliette Mapp, ChameckiLerner, Daria Faïn, and Michael Laub’s Remote Control Productions in Europe, among others. He was a founding editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research, from 2006 to 2009. He served as Artistic Advisor for New York Live Art’s Fresh Tracks Residency Program from 2006 to 2014, a position he helped institute and develop alongside the evolution of the residency program, and from 2012 to 2016 he served as Director of Artist Programs for Movement Research. He was a 2003-2004 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, received a NYFA Choreography Fellowship in 2006, and was a 2012-2014 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist-in-Residence. His work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation and Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and has been presented extensively in New York City as well as nationally and internationally. Since 2003, he taught regularly at Movement Research and has also taught in various professional and academic contexts in the US, South America and Western and Eastern Europe. He received his MFA in Dance at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in June of 2019.
His current work involves subtly subverting the constructs of performance by highlighting the porous boundaries between audience and performer, challenging the traditional architecture of the theater, and exploring the corporeal logic of bodies as the primary means of organizing information and experience.