Christopher Unpezverde Núñez is a New York based artist and choreographer. His practice involves movements in dance, performance art, intervened objects, toys, assemblage, installation, collage and sound recording. He holds a BFA in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.
A queer immigrant with monocular vision impairment Núñez turns his personal experiences into political performances, using childhood memories, individual fears and self-acceptance as inspiration for healing and comfort.
He is an advocate against ableism and is currently a Core Member at Movement Research Artists of Color Council, a cohort of artists of color addressing cultural diversity, equity, and sustainable structural integration in MR’s operations, programming, outreach, and throughout its extended communities.
In New York, his work has been nurtured by residency opportunities at Battery Dance, New Dance Alliance and Mare Nostrum Elements’ “Emerging Choreographer Series” program in 2018.
His performances have been featured and reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, Time Out New York, Dance Enthusiast, Off Off Off Dance, Broadway World, The Brooklyn Rail and Periódico La Nación (Costa Rica).
Núñez is a 2018/2019 Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art Fellow. A 2018 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Alumni and was invited by Movement Research to be in the Selection Committee for the Judson Church Fall Season 2018.
His work has been commissioned by Battery Dance Festival (2018), INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival (2017-2018), Compañía Nacional de Teatro de Costa Rica (2014) and Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica (2011-2012-2014). He has been invited to perform pieces of his repertoire for Performance Mix Festival and Queerly Contemporary Festival in 2018.
As a dancer, he has been invited to collaborate with inspiring artists and choreographers such as Christophe Haleb, Mark Sieczkarek, La Pocha Nostra, Darryl Thomas, Elia Arce, Butch Merigoni, Svea Schneider, Rogelio López, Esther Landa, Vicky Cortés and has performed internationally in Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Costa Rica and New York City.
Most recently, his work has been presented at Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art, BAM Fisher, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, NY City Center Studios, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Green Space, The Wild Project, Chez Bushwick and Panoply Performance Laboratory.
Image by Johnathan Lewis.