(b. Costa Rica, Garífuna descendant) Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired Choreographer, Educator, Activist, Curator and Accessibility Consultant based in New York City. His performances have been presented at The Brooklyn Museum for The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Dixon Place, among others. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, The Dance Enthusiast and The Archive: The Leslie-Lohman Museum bi-annual journal. He has held residencies at New Dance Alliance (LiftOff, 2018), Battery Dance Studios (Space Grant, 2017-2019), The Kitchen (DAP, 2019) and is currently an Artist In Residence at Center for Performance Research (AIR, 2020-2021) and Movement Research (2020-2021 Mertz Gilmore Foundation Artist-in-Residence). As a performer, his most recent collaborations include “Dressing Up for Civil Rights” by William Pope L, presented at MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art and “La Procession” by Nacera Belaza presented at Danspace Project. Núñez was invited to share his story as a queer, disabled and formally undocumented artist during Immigrant Heritage Week 2020 by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Núñez received his green card in 2018 but he continues to be an advocate for the rights of undocumented immigrants, particularly those that identify as disabled and queer. He holds a BFA in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.
Photo credit: Walter Wlodarczyk