Faculty Profile for Brandon Ivan Gonzalez

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Brandon Ivan Gonzalez
Lecturer — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Brandon Gonzalez holds a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Dramatic Arts where he worked between the fields of visual arts, choreography, and performance. His investigations of the body as a resource for artistic practice led him to develop works across a variety of artistic mediums. Currently, he is working both in the U.S. and throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

Gonzalez's work pushes an expanded approach to artistic practice that is concerned with how social and political realities are inscribed into our gestures, actions, and perceptions. He has presented at The Dallas Contemporary, Mexic-Arte Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, SUNDAY RUN_UP (Stockholm), Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, CQ Magazine, WUK (Vienna), FemArt Festival (Kosovo), and Müszi (Budapest).

Teaching is a crucial part of his artistic practice and the classroom a place to engage the student’s curiosity about the world. He inspires students to participate in an active dialogue with the class material. This way they learn how to become experiential researchers and create their own artistic and practical knowledge. He has taught at the University of California Davis, Arizona State University, Texas State University, International Contact Festival Freiburg, and many independent workshops.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Artistic Director and Facilitator, Ekstasis. January 1, 2022 - December 1, 2022.
    • Ekstasis. Brodie Homestead, Austin, TX.
  • Director/Choreographer/Dancer, Us/Uncertian. October 8, 2022.
    • Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos, TX.
  • Critical Mass Artist Residency, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Dancer. June 28, 2022 - July 6, 2022.
  • Director/Choreographer, States and Waves. March 24, 2022 - March 27, 2022.
    • Merge Reframed. Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos Texas.
  • Collaborator and Dancer, Scenarios. March 24, 2022 - March 27, 2022.
    • Merge Reframed. Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos, Texas.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Studio Grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Stockholm, Sweden. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Life Stories. 2006
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Life Stories. 2005

Selected Grants

  • Gonzalez, Brandon Ivan. Mechanisms of Oppression and Ritual Performance with Darrell Jones, Texas State University, $2615. (Funded: October 4, 2022 - October 9, 2022). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

College Dance Film Fest
December 20, 2022-Present
University Mentor
Transient Dance Collective
January 1, 2019-Present
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival
January 2022-October 2022
International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education (IDOCDE)