Jonathan Gonzalez

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Artist Statement

I have a captivation with the theater as a container to transform a material. This illusion of suspension animates and visions, and it is this principle of fantasy in performance, this radical potential of performativities, that draw me to produce work.

My current interests are in engaging wildness as a driver and formal structure; can the work negotiate with time. Liveness is profound to me as it proposes methods of interpretation, translatability, and viewership.



Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, May 2015
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Bachelor of Arts, May 2013 Cum Laude Theatre & Dance
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, UK
Certificate of Dance Theatre, One Year Programme, July 2012
Fiorello H. LaGuardia for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
Music Endorsed Advanced Diploma, June 2009 Vocal Performance


Bessie Nominated Performer – Minor Matter (2017)
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Nominee (2016)
Kem – Artist in Residence, Warsaw, Poland (2016)
New York Live Arts, Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Artist (2015-16)
Brooklyn Arts Exchange Fellow/Dancing While Black (2015-16)
Guest Faculty/Artist-in-Residence, Trinity College (2015)
Urban Bush Women, Summer Leadership Institute, Scholarship Recipient (2015)
Bessie Schönberg Scholarship Fund, MFA – Sarah Lawrence College (2013-15)
Diebold Family Award: Distinction in Dance Performance & Choreography (2013)
Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship (2009-2013)


Movement Research Fall Festival, Invisible Material (2017)
Sunday Service @ Knockdown Center (2017)

(2018) ZERO, Danspace Project, Jerome Grant Commission
(2018) Danspace Platform: Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance
(2018) Obeah (A Black Ritual), La MaMa
(2017) Obeah (A Black Ritual), BAX/SUBMERGE! AIR
(2017) Ghosts Riders In The Sky, The Current Sessions, wild project
(2017) How To Play Under The Sun, Center for
Performance Research: New Voices in Live Performance
(2016) Lyric baby, Danspace Project Commission, Platform: Lost & Found
(2016) Riverside, music video release for Soho Rep. w/ Jomama Jones
(2016) Oceano, Movement Research Spring Festival, JACK Performance Space
(2016) everybody’s doing everything, and everything is the same, Dancewave WIP/Feedback Showing
(2016) I’d Give you Bodies, New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks
(2016) the proto series-
-BAX Fellow/Dancing While Black works-in-progress showing (2016)
-FAB x The Current Sessions
-Danspace Project: Food for Thought, pleasure principles (2016)
– BAAD! Blaktinx Performance Festival (2015)
– AIR Trinity College (2015)
(2015) evil nigger – gay guerilla, afroFUTUREqu##r Festival, curated by Thomas DeFrantz and Niv Acosta,JACK Performance Space, NY
(2015) the discipline of things, Loisaida / Lower East Side, NY

2018- Untitled (Havana, 2000) Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
2017- Terra Mecanique, Kelly Nipper, PERFORMA‘17
2017- Virago, Man Dem, Cynthia Oliver (2017 NY
2017 – Excerpts, WU Tsang, DOCUMENTA’17,Athens, Greece
2017 – Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2017 premiere)
2016- Minor Matter, Ligia Lewis, HAU Berlin
2016 – Occassions, Isabel Lewis, Dia::Chelsea Dia::Beacon
2016- Mi amigo, El id, Arthur Aviles, Arts AIDS America Open House, Bronx Musuem
2016- #negrophobia, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Tanz im August