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October 12, 2022

The Lewis Center for the Arts presents Intro to Radical Access: Performances by Kayla Hamilton and x

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present Intro to Radical Access: Performances by Kayla Hamilton and x, two dance artists working at the intersection of identities including disability, curated by Princeton Arts Fellow Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez, a visually impaired choreographer, educator, and accessibility consultant. The event is cosponsored by Princeton’s Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). The performance on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

symbol for wheelchair accessibilityaccess symbol for open captioning, two white O C lettersaccessibility symbol for audio descriptionaccess symbol for sign language interpretation The Hearst Dance Theater is an accessible venue with wheelchair accessible/companion seating locations and an assistive listening system. Open captioning, audio description, and ASL interpreters will be provided. Guests in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at LewisCenter@princeton.edu.

Núñez is a 2022-24 Princeton Arts Fellow. His performances have been presented at The Brooklyn Museum for The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival, and Dixon Place, 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 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Danspace Project, The Kitchen, Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, and New Dance Alliance. As a performer, his most recent collaborations include “Dressing Up for Civil Rights” by William Pope L, presented at The Museum of Modern Art. In 2020, Núñez was invited by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to share his story as a disabled and formally undocumented immigrant choreographer during Immigrant Heritage Week. Born in Costa Rica, Núñez received his green card in 2018 but continues to advocate for the rights of undocumented and disabled immigrants. He holds a B.F.A. in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.

The Arts Fellows program provides support for early-career artists who have demonstrated both extraordinary promise and a record of achievement in their fields with the opportunity to further their work while teaching within a liberal arts context. Funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the David E. Kelley ’79 Society of Fellows Fund, and the Maurice R. Greenberg Scholarship Fund, fellows are selected for a two-year residency to teach a course each semester or, in lieu of a course, to undertake an artistic assignment that deeply engages undergraduate students, such as directing a play, conducting a musical ensemble, or choreographing a dance piece. Fellows are expected to be active members of the University’s intellectual and artistic community while in residence, and in return, they are provided with the resources and spaces necessary for their work. This semester Núñez is teaching “Introduction to Radical Access: Disability Justice in the Arts” and last month he joined Princeton Arts Fellow Maysoon Zayid and Princeton Young Alumni Trustee Naomi Hess ’22 to present a disability justice workshop for Lewis Center faculty and staff.

Silhouette of a kayla hamilton kicking up left leg on dark black stage. Glowing neon green tubing outlines her outfit.

Artist, experience creator and educator Kayla Hamilton. Photo credit: Scott Show

Kayla Hamilton (she/her) is an artist, experience creator and educator based in The Bronx, New York City. She is a member of the 2017 New York Dance Performance (Bessie) Award-winning collective of skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to skeleton architecture, Hamilton has been in process with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman/MBDance. Her creative explorations have been presented at Gibney, Performance Space New York, and New York Live Arts. Her work explores themes that exist at the intersection of Blackness and Disability. Currently, she is a co-leader on Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black 10th Anniversary season and is a Disability artistry consultant in various organizations. When Hamilton is not dancing, she is a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School.

A photo of x, an Afro-Asian, agender, Hypermobile person holding either side of their face with their hands while their mouth is agape, and brow bones furrowed in a dramatic expression. They are illuminated and shadows fall across their body while they stand, slightly crouched over, in front of a mural of fantastical plants and foliage.

Choreographer, curator, intimacy coordinator, and TRANSdisciplinary artist x. Photos credit: Samantha Bajonero

x (they/ze/fae) is a choreographer, curator, intimacy coordinator, and TRANSdisciplinary artist. In their creative practice, x offers a conceptual and anti-technique approach to movement-driven performance. Their work leans towards the experimental, avant-garde, and anti-modern. The source material for their work stems from personal experiences and often critiques “carceral systems such as the medical industrial complex and child ‘welfare’ system.” The visceral catharsis brought out through their work is what x calls, “performative processing,” as they work through confusion, chronic illness, childhood trauma, and bigotry. Currently, x is employing the art of humor and various comedic styles for a lighter approach to their work. They note this provides an alternative to the landscape of trauma porn while challenging themself as a performer to make their audience laugh. x has shared short films, installations, and dance works in Budapest, Detroit, Ithaca, and New York City. Among their accomplishments are Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employment Program (Hyp-ACCESS, 2021-2022), Movement Research @ Judson (October 2022); AXIS Choreo-Lab Fellow (2022); GALLIM Moving Artist Residency (2022); Bronx Cultural Visions Fund (Bronx Council on the Arts, 2021); LiftOff Residency (New Dance Alliance, 2021); and Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance. Residency Program (Dance/NYC, Gibney, 2021-2022).

The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) is an academic program that connects the curriculum with Princeton’s signature commitment to service. It fosters collaborative, change-oriented projects of an intellectual nature that benefit students, faculty members, and community partners.

Visit the Lewis Center website for more information on the Lewis Center, Princeton Arts Fellowships, and the more than 100 other performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts and lectures offered each year by the Lewis Center for the Arts, most of them free.

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