(b. Costa Rica, descendant of Mískito people) Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired choreographer, dramaturg, educator and Disability advocate based in NYC. Núñez is a Dance/USA Fellow 2022, a Princeton University Arts Fellow 2022-2024, a Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Fellow 2018 and is a two-time recipient of the Emergency Grant by Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His performances have been presented by The Joyce Theater, The Brooklyn Museum-The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, CUE Art Foundation, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival 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 Danspace Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Kitchen, Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, New Dance Alliance and Battery Dance Studios. As a performer, his most recent collaboration include “Dressing Up for Civil Rights” by William Pope L, presented at MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art. Núñez was invited by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to share his story as a disabled and formally undocumented immigrant choreographer during Immigrant Heritage Week 2020. Núñez received his green card in 2018 and continues to be an advocate for the rights of undocumented disabled immigrants.
Advocacy & Accessibility
Núñez has supported and worked for different social causes, groups, and organizations for the rights of undocumented, disabled, indigenous, and LGBT+ people. He has been Manager of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility for organizations like Dance/NYC and Movement Research. Núñez was a Core Member of theArtists of Color Council(AoCC) at Movement Research and Founder of the Accessibility Advisory Team(AAT), a group of disabled artists who advise Movement Research on accessibility and inclusion practices. Núñez was part of the Immigrant Artist Mentoring program (2018 Cohort) and The Incubator for Executive Leaders of Color (2021 Cohort), both sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA. As part of his Princeton University Arts Fellowship, Núñez will facilitate the course Introduction to Radical Access: Disability Justice in the Arts, which centers accessibility as a creative tool and care practice.