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Irvin Manuel Gonzalez

Published August 12, 2021

Assistant Professor
School of Dance



Irvin Manuel Gonzalez (he/him/his) is an artivist, scholar, and teacher. He received his PhD from the University of California, Riverside and teaches as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Gonzalez’s scholarship analyzes the constructs of brownness, queerness, and mexicanidad(es) within social dancing, looking at how immigrant, queer, and working-class dancers navigate trans/national politics through feeling and creativity. Particularly, he examines how Mexican/Mexican American quebradita dancers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, embody affective affiliations to forge belonging as strategy. In doing so, Gonzalez theorizes the body as a communally-attached archive of movement that brown dancers use to resist xenophobia, homophobia, and the instability of neoliberal economies. He is a founding member of Primera Generación Dance Collective (PGDC) and a board member for Show Box Los Angeles (SBLA) and the Dance Studies Association (DSA).

As a dance artist, Gonzalez grounds his art approaches, strategies, and constructions in rasquachismo, a low-brow Chicanx methodology, to generate collaborations and new potentials. He revels in rasquachismo’s “low brow” aesthetics and sensibilities to redefine the intended use-value of materials, connections, and being. In doing so, he seeks to dismantle notions of the “solo artist” based on white supremacy by highlighting how minoritized bodies are always already ancestrally-connected and linked to one another through emotions, experiences, and ways of resisting. Gonzalez investigates these ideas within his collaborative group, PGDC, where he works alongside brown creators and family to define ‘mexicanidades’ as a communal formation and to highlight the complexities of brown joy and loss in the United States.

He has had the honor of presenting work at the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference in 2013 (Riverside), Redcat (LA), HIGHWAYS Performance Space (LA), Kennedy Center for the Arts (DC), Bootleg Theater (LA), Dance Mission Theater (SF), Human Resources (LA) and most recently at Judson Church for Movement Research (NYC). In 2016 he was awarded DANCE Magazine’s award “Outstanding Choreography” for his collaborative role in “fourtold” and in 2020 was an artist-in-residence at “we live in space” and Pieter Performance Space in LA. In 2021, Gonzalez’s collective, PGDC, received the National Endowment for the Arts Grant to produce “Chale Vale!” a dance piece used to highlight history of Pachuco/a/x in Los Angeles, CA.



Bachelors in English from the University of California, Riverside
Doctor of Philosophy in Critical Dance Studies, University of California, Riverside

Select Scholarly/Creative Works

– Presented: “Desmadrosas: Queer Perra Camp Aesthetics in Night Club Dancing,” Latin American Studies Conference “Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida,” 2021
– Presented: “Quebrala Compa! Breaking as a Methodology of Minoritarian Becoming Quebradita Dance,” American Studies Conference “Creativity Within Revolt”
– San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2021
– Choreographed/Performed: “rasquachencias”- virtual presentation, Grand Park Los Angeles, “Our L.A. Voices”, 2021
– Choreographed/Performed: “low riting” – City of Santa Monica California Arts Grant, 2021
– Choreographed/Performed: “For Terry”- Undanced Dances through Prison Walls- Institute of Contemporary Art, LA- Los Angeles, CA, 2021
– Choreographed/Performed: “Q-Lucha”- Movement Research at Judson Church – Co-Choreographer with Alfonso Cervera -New York, NY, 2019

Teaching Areas

Contemporary Latin American Aesthetics, Dance Theory/History

Research Areas

– Latinidad
– Brownness
– Latinx Social Dance Forms
– Brown Affectivity/Affect Studies
– Queer/Cuir Aesthetics
– Migration/Immigration/Transnationalism
– Rasquachismo
– Aesthetics of Failure
– Neoliberalism

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

– National Endowment for the Arts Grant (2021-2023)
– Dance Studies Association/Mellon Seminar Fellow (2019)
– Dance Magazine’s “Outstanding Choreography” Award (2016)