- Jonathan González
In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting River To River Festival for the presentation of PRACTICE by Jonathan González.
In PRACTICE, Afro-Diasporic cultural idioms are interwoven through dance, sound, speech acts and design to incite the critical through-lines of creolized expressive arts formed within the greater Caribbean and Turtle Island. Performed in the historic open-air setting of La Plaza at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, this one-night engagement invites audience members into the performative practice as party-goers, celebrating the gift of gathering in person and holding space for the long emancipatory uses of culture by African-descendants in the supposed “New World” for radical place-making and liberation.
Photo : © Julieta Cervantes
About the artist
Jonathan González is an artist working at the intersections of choreography. His practice examines conditions that figure Black life through research-based processes synthesized through performance usually generated collaboratively. His writings have been published by Contact Quarterly, Cultured Magazine, deem journal, and Angela's Pulse. In 2019, González was a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” nominee for Breakout Choreographer. His work ZERO (Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 2018) was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for Outstanding Production. He has received fellowships from the Art Matters Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Jerome Foundation, and has been an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and Loghaven Artist Residency.
Photo : © Sam Polcer. Brooklyn Academy of Music Archive. 2021