Interview with Arthur Avilés (2022)

In an interview with Arthur Avilés, conudcted by Hemispheric Institute's managing director Marcial Godoy, Avilés discusses the seeds of possibilities planted by the new digital archives of his past work.
In an interview with Arthur Avilés, conudcted by Hemispheric Institute's managing director Marcial Godoy, Avilés discusses the seeds of possibilities planted by the new digital archives of his past work. Avilés discusses the early days of his dance career, establishing his own dance troupe and the founding BAAD! (the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance). For Aurthur, dance is an expression of a queer free spirit. Additional discussions include the impact of assimilation on his Puerto Rican identity; his philosophy of the liberation of queer bodies in relation to his use of nudity in his performances; and the upcoming Naked Vanguard: The Arthur Avilés Archive in Motion event series celebrating Hemi's publication of Avilés' video archive.

Biography

Arthur Avilés is a queer Puerto Rican dancer/choreographer based in the Bronx, New York. Avilés was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1987 to 1995. He later formed Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre, a dance company based in the Bronx that seeks to create work that plays on the margins of gay and Latino cultures. The company is housed at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), which was founded in 1998 by Avilés and Charles Rice-González, a creative writer and community activist. Avilés’ work utilizes aspects of theater and dance, often taking the structure of stories from existing classics and reconfiguring them in order to express the felt, actual, and fantastical lives of queer Latinos living in the ghetto. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Theater/Dance from Bard College under the direction of Jean Churchill, Lenore Latimer, Albert Reid, Susan Osberg, and Aileen Passloff. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2015.

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Additional Info

  • TItle: Arthur Avilés Interview at BAAD - August 20th, 2022
  • Date: August 20th 2021
  • Location: BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY
  • Interviewee: Arthur Avilés
  • Interviewer: Marcial Godoy
  • Duration: 0:43:34
  • Language: English