The Performance Garage announced that the 2020/21 DanceVisions’ Resident Artist will be Philadelphia performing artist Joe González. Created by the Performance Garage in 2016DanceVisions, is a competitive and comprehensive residency for Philadelphia-based choreographers. The goal is to support and develop local talent while helping the city maintain its reputation as a hub for dance.
The DanceVisions residency provides artists with the tools and support needed to excel as a performer, including a stipend, access to rehearsal space, support from administrative staff, and a concert season. Resident Artists help create and shape additional programming at the Performance Garage by curating HubChats panel discussions, DanceFilms screenings, and engaging with students from the YouthMoves program.
“Joe González has a hunger to explore ways to move that are unique to his vision,” said Jeanne Ruddy, Performance Garage executive director. “He takes the time with careful improvisation to find new avenues of creativity and innovation and ways to express his ideas. His influences span an international aesthetic, and he has the educational and professional experience to develop into a first-class choreographer.”
González is a shining artist in the national and international community. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally over the last decade as a full-time performing artist with Anna Myer and Dancers, Deborah Able Dance Company, Prometheus Dance, and “A” Major Dance Company. González has also danced with DMB|#DBdanceproject, Putty Dance Project, Dance IQUAIL, Zoé Dance, Danza Orgánica, Waheed Works, and David Dorfman Dance. He is currently at the height of his performing career as a spellbindingly beautiful dancer at Philadelphia’s own Philadanco.
Aside from his current work dancing with Philadanco, González is a dance professor at Temple University, and since 2017 has been the Artistic Director of Philadanco’s 3rd Company (D/3). In 2011, González teamed up with fellow dancer May-Lisa Chandler to create Jo-Mé Dance Arts Inc, a multicultural dance organization, which exemplifies diversity and cultural awareness within the company, the community, and the world. Jo-Mé Dance includes highly talented individuals of many backgrounds and ages. As co- artistic director and founder of Jo-Mé Dance Arts Inc, Joe’s leadership demonstrates his passion for developing his own identity and choreographic voice.
“I could not be more excited and appreciative to have been selected for the Performances Garage DanceVisions Residency,” González said. “To be rewarded with rehearsal space is a huge gratification for any artist, but to have an all-around support in building, producing, and nurturing an emerging choreographing artist such as myself pushes me to achieve excellence in my artistry.”
***photo credit Peter Kaskons Photography
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