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Arthur Avilés

Arthur Avilés

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.

Arthur Avilés/Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre Website