Arthur Avilés, photo by Francis Giacobetti
Arthur Avilés dips into his archive by presenting a dance work from his Kamikaze series. This work, originally presented at a Performance Mix 10 years ago, was created by and for Avilés’ 5′ 4″ frame and will now be performed by Jonathan Gonzalez who is 6′ 4″. In a stream of non-sequiturs this dance takes us on a jagged journey through an ever-changing mind as it bounces, swirls, and flips from place to place.
Arthur Avilés is a gay, New York-Rican contemporary dancer/choreographer and artistic director/director of the Bronx Dance Coalition. He was born in Queens and grew up in Long Island and the Bronx. He received a BA in Theatre/Dance from Bard College under Jean Churchill, Lenore Latimer, Susan Osberg, Aileen Passloff, and Albert Reid in 1987. He was a member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1987 to 1995, and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 1989. He is a NYFA fellow and has received the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture. He founded his dance company, Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre, in 1996. In 1998, he, along with Charles Rice-González, inaugurated a performance space in the South Bronx, BAAD! (The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance). In 2002 he founded The Bronx Dance Coalition, which will produce the 22nd issue of the Bronx Dance Magazine this coming spring. Avilés received an honorary doctorate from Bard this past summer.
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