Conversations Without Walls: Mina Nishimura & Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez – Danspace Project
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Conversations Without Walls: Mina Nishimura & Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez

A composite of 3 images. Mina Nishimura one stroke drawing with many details run like a loop on a top of and around a portrait of the artist whose eyes are rolled upwards. Christopher is in a tan hat, plaid shirt, and jeans. He kneels on the floor of the saint marks church sanctuary looking down. With his ring-clad hands, he holds an indigenous object made of mud from his birthplace of Costa Rica. Samita Sinha's smiling face is surrounded entirely in green ivy leaves.
Mina Nishimura. Photo: courtesy the artist. Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez. Photo: Ian Douglas. Samita Sinha. Photo: Shervin Lainez.

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This event will stream via YouTube.
A link will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the stream.
Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event.

Danspace’s signature long-form conversation series presents a virtual conversation between 2021-22 Renewal Residency Artists Mina Nishimura and Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez with facilitator and 2021-22 Research Fellow, Samita Sinha. Danspace’s Renewal Residencies are an open and flexible program created as an urgent and necessary response to the needs of these artists this year. The Research Fellows are dance artists who have long term relationships with Danspace. In dialogue with each other and Danspace’s curatorial team, the Fellows are providing feedback informing organizational change and curatorial development. Winter 2022 Conversations Without Walls will explore and unpack field-wide structures that dance makers are currently facing, resisting, and navigating creatively.

In her residency at St. Mark’s Church, Nishimura is re-imagining, sketching, composing, and building a new visual landscape using objects, fabrics, drawings, and bodies. “I would like to see how my movement practice of an anarchic body meets a re-imagined landscape,” she writes.

Visually Impaired Choreographer and Accessibility Consultant Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is exploring expanding audio description as an artistic medium. “I am interested in how the physical, emotional and spiritual processes of dance are intimately interconnected to our ancestral memory and how it informs audio description practices.”


Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for all Conversations Without Walls programs. A phone number will be provided so that the YouTube chat may be accessed audibly. For further inquiry, feedback, or to submit specific access requests, please email seta@danspaceproject.org.

Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki. After studying at Merce Cunningham Studio, she has performed with a number of NY-based choreographers, in most years, such as Yausko Yokoshi, John Jasperse, Dean Moss, Neil Greenburg, Vicky Shick, Nami Yamamoto, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. Her other performance credits includes; MiuMiu/PRADA film directed by Celia-Rowlson Hall; Late Sea’s MV; and for SIA’s “Bird Set Free” “Alive” on Saturday Night Live. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Mount Tremper Arts Center, UC Davis and among other dance organizations. Her latest work “Disappearing Altogether” premiered at Sarah Lawrence College last May. Nishimura is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award 2019, and was a cover artist in the May issue of Dance Magazine 2021. Nishimura completed her MFA at Bennington College in 2021, and currently teaches at the school.

b. Costa Rica, Garífuna descendant) Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired Choreographer and Accessibility Consultant based in NYC. 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, among others. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail and The Dance Enthusiast. He has held residencies at New Dance Alliance, Battery Dance, The Kitchen, Center for Performance Research and Movement Research (2020-2021 Mertz Gilmore Foundation Artist-in-Residence). 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 by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to share his story as a queer, disabled and formally undocumented artist during Immigrant Heritage Week 2020. Núñez received his green card in 2018 but he continues to be an advocate for the rights of undocumented, disabled and queer immigrants. He holds a BFA in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.

Artist and composer Samita Sinha creates multidisciplinary performance works that investigate origins of voice. She synthesizes Indian vocal traditions and embodied practices to create a decolonized, bodily, multivalent language of vibration and transformation. Sinha’s works have been commissioned and presented by Asia Society, Performance Space 122, Danspace, Rubin Museum, Queens Museum, and Gibney Dance, among others. Sinha teaches voice extensively.

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