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. Gonzalez has been teaching Contact Improvisation and producing performances and workshops for over 15 years. As a co-organizing member of the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, he helped establish one of the largest improv-focused festivals in the country. He is also a DJ and Artistic Director at Ekstasis, a vibrant community ritual-dance event in Austin, Texas.

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). He has collaborated with pioneering dance artists such as Nita Little, Karen Nelson, Nina Martin, Pat Stone, Lauren Tietz, Philipp Gehmacher, Mary O’Donnell-Fulkerson, Mira Mutka, Michael O’Connor, Jordan Fuchs, Zina Vaessen, Dolores Hulan, Jess Curtis, and Stu Phillips.

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, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, International Contact Festival Freiburg, and many independent workshops nationally and internationally.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Choreographer/Dancer, Finding your Edge. October 2023.
    • Dance Carousel. October 2023 - Present Ground Flour Theater, Austin, Texas.
  • Dancer, Wise Faith. October 2023.
    • Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas.
  • Sound Design and Musical Score, Mysteries. September 2023.
    • Secret Venue, Austin, Texas.
  • Choreographer, ChatGPT. April 2023.
    • Choreographer's Showcase. April 2023 - Present Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
  • Director/Choreographer/Dancer, Us/Uncertian. October 8, 2022.
    • Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, San Marcos, TX.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Studio Grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Stockholm, Sweden. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Life Stories, Texas Commission on the Arts and Cultural Arts Division. 2006
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Life Stories, Region XIII Education Service Center Service Learning. 2005

Selected Grants

  • Gonzalez, Brandon Ivan. Softening and Slothing, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, $1500. (Funded: December 2015). Grant.
  • 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

University Mentor
Transient Dance Collective
January 1, 2019-Present
Texas Dance Improvsation Festival
Dance Division Concerts
College Dance Film Fest
December 2022-2023
Texas Dance Improvisation Festival
January 2022-October 2022