This Con·nect event features Jesús Muñoz, dancer, percussionist, educator and MFA candidate at CU Boulder and several undergraduate Theatre students reading selections from the play 72 Miles to Go by Hilary Bettis.
In addition to the performances the event will include an informal happy hour with food, drink, and discussion about collaboration opportunities for local BIPOC artists and arts organizations.
About the artists
Jesús Muñoz (he, him) is a dancer, choreographer, educator, percussionist, and MFA candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Born in Mèxico, Muñoz functions within the contexts of Mexican Folkloric, Afro-Cuban, Cuban Folkloric, Cuban Popular, Cuban Contemporary, Ballet, Modern, and Jazz dance and Latin percussion. Through movement and experimental musical making, his research proposes a reclaiming of non-dominant aesthetics of native and vernacular cultures to integrate, alienate, and harness new ways of performativity: “I create music, I write and recite poetry, I sense my body, I question the foreign sense of human flesh, and augment my capacity to transcend on stage.”
Jesús Muñoz (èl) es un bailarín, coreógrafo, educador, percusionista, y candidato a una maestría en el departamento de baile de la Universidad de Colorado, Boulder. Nacido en México, Muñoz trabaja dentro del contexto de la danza folklórica de México, danza Afro-Cubana, danza folclórica de Cuba, danza popular de Cuba, danza contemporánea de Cuba, Ballet, danza Moderna, Jazz y percusión Latina. A través del baile y composición musical experimental, su enfoque se basa en la reclamación de estéticas vernáculas y nativas no dominantes para integrar, enajenar, y utilizar nuevas maneras de performatividad: “Creo música, escribo y recito poesía, siento mi cuerpo, cuestiono el sentido de la carne humana extranjera, y aumento mi capacidad de trascender en el escenario.”
Rodrigo Gallardo is graduating this spring with a double degree in BFA in Acting and a BA in Advertising from CU, and recently directed a staged reading of 72 Miles to Go by Hilary Bettis as part of the Sandbox Student Series at CU Boulder, a season of productions, readings and other projects chosen and produced by students. The 72 miles in the play’s title is the distance between a recently deported mother in Nogales, Mexico and her husband and children in Tucson, Arizona. Gallardo’s reading was well-received on campus and as he and his actors near graduation, they are looking for opportunities to fully produce this powerful work.
Con·nect is a series for performance, networking and dialogue among BIPOC artists and local arts organizations. The series is co-organized by the Antiracism Action in the Arts Initiative. The initiative was launched in 2020 as a study group composed of representatives from local arts organizations, including Boulder County Arts Alliance, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Jewish Community Center, KGNU, the Longmont Museum, the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement, CU Theatre and Dance, CU Art Museum and the B2 Center. Collectively, the initiative seeks to promote diversity, equity, access, inclusion and fundamental change within historically white arts institutions in Boulder County.