Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez (Performance AIRspace Resident 2022–23) and collaborators Alfonso Castro, Mãr Galeano, Rafael Cañals and Branden Charles Wallace draw from their embodied memory, ancestry, anthropological research, and community stories to recount the colonial geographies faced by their nomadic Indigenous ancestors.
Núñez’s Audio Description practice, in collaboration with artist Marielys “Lely” Burgos Meléndez, is manifested through storytelling as a form of resistance, preservation, cultural continuity, and perseverance.
Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired choreographer, educator and Disability advocate based in NYC. Núñez is a Princeton University Arts Fellow and a Leslie-Lohman Museum Fellow. His performances have been presented by The Joyce Theater, The Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. Residencies include Danspace Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Kitchen, Movement Research, and Center for Performance Research.
Alfonso “Poncho” Castro is a Choreographer, Composer and Sound Designer based in Costa Rica. Castro has performed and facilitated workshops in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. In the US, he has performed in NYC and taught in spaces like Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Alfonso has trained with choreographers Luis Lara (Venezuela), Rachel Tess (USA), Lisa Fusillo (USA), Fernando Hurtado (Spain), Michael Foley (USA), Ernesto Gadelha (Brazil).
Branden Charles Wallace is a fine artist, set and graphic designer. He holds a BFA, MFA and a BS in Biochemistry. His artistic practice involves finding order based on two beliefs: that Nature does not reward perfection and two, that within nature's “imperfection,” order can be understood. He uses his neurodivergence disabilities as his ability to have a different perspective. He creates harmonious work from the stress and discomfort of new information and aesthetic harmony from cognitive dissonance.
The Square is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Performance AIRspace Residency, which is supported by the Jerome Foundation.