Trinity Laban choreographer takes New York

EmmaGrace Skove-Epes & Jonathan Gonzalez

Trinity Laban alumnus Jonathan Gonzalez has been engaged in two New York-based residencies, one of which culminates in performance on 16 June 2016.

Jonathan (pictured, right) is a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Artist. He explains:

‘NYLA’s Fresh Tracks programme is a long-standing tradition in New York. It awards a cohort of artists a year of benefits: artistic development workshops to initiate their careers, free studio time, and two performances – one at the start, and one at the end.’

To conclude this residency, tonight Jonathan performs a duet with fellow choreographer EmmaGrace Skove-Epes entitled I’d Give You Bodies (pictured), in Chelsea, New York City.

Jonathan has also recently completed an appointment as a Brooklyn Arts Exchange/Dancing While Black Fellow. The programme involved workshops with established black artists such as Ishmael Houston-Jones, Onye Ozuzu, and Jawole Zollar, concluding in a performance earlier in 2016.

During his time in the UK, Jonathan studied on a Trinity Laban Study Year Abroad programme. He comments:

‘The Study Year Abroad programme questioned the nature of dance practice. It piqued my interest by introducing ideas I had not been engaged with in my dance studies in the US, and I believe this propelled my potential. It was also seminal to scour the Laban Library and Archive, and to witness a range of works that showcased other cultural, political, and aesthetic discussion around crafting performance.’

Trinity Laban brings its undergraduate auditions to New York on 12 and 13 November 2016. For more information, please contact Laura Matthews on [email protected].

Image: Ian Douglas