Artist Statement

A Sukia sculpted from volcanic stone rests on a botanical book. In the background there is a crucifix. Unpezverde makes a strong gesture with his hands above the objects.
A Sukia sculpted from volcanic stone rests on a botanical book. In the background there is a crucifix. Unpezverde makes a strong gesture with his hands above the objects. Photo credit: Kathryn Butler Photography.

I am a visually impaired choreographer and dramaturg tracing the ideological narratives contained in immigrant and disabled bodies. From the autobiographical, my work explores how imagination constructs meaning and personal mythology from the devastating events, violence and trauma experienced during my childhood in Central America. My Audio Description practice is manifested through storytelling, as a form of resistance, preservation, cultural continuity, and perseverance. As Costa Rican born, of Nicaraguan and Garífuna descent, my inspiration comes from experiences of displacement, family migratory journeys, herbal medicine, indigenous dances, craftsmanship and folktales and how they intertwine with disability. My choreography nurtures spaces for immigrant, disabled, and undocumented Latin American ancestry to flourish and be celebrated.