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WATCH: Puerto Rican-American Performing Artist And Choreographer José Rivera, Jr. Shares Immersive Cover Of Adele's When We Were Young - Afrossip
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WATCH: Puerto Rican-American Performing Artist And Choreographer José Rivera, Jr. Shares Immersive Cover Of Adele’s When We Were Young

By Fabiola Antunes
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February 4, 2016
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JOSE RIVERA JRJosé Rivera, Jr. is a performing artist, director & choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY, merging techniques in music, fashion, technology, visual art, and theater.   

NYC-based Puerto Rican-American performing artist and choreographer José Rivera, Jr.​ has released a gorgeous, immersive video cover of Adele’s song “When We Were Young,” directed by Blake Pruitt. In the video, he grapples with his feminine and masculine identities while reflecting on memories of a past lover, seeking to address his own body dysmorphia through physical expression.

“I create accessible work in a digital, shareable format to inspire change and encourage conversation on how we perceive our physical selves”, says Rivera. The response to my live work OF CAKE & VANITY (inspired directly by my dysmorphia) created a dialogue on mental health between friends, family, and me. Seeing live performance is a privilege. Theater and most live performance was not accessible to me as a +60lb overweight gay Latino teen with an abusive, controlling father. Videos on my computer and smartphone were an escape for a physically and emotionally trapped kid. By queering traditional narratives, my work provides visibility for bodies of all backgrounds, ethnicities, shapes, sizes, and identities in an effort to merge them with pop cultural norms i.e. ‘making difference mainstream.’

WATCH: Enjoy José Rivera’s Amazing Live Performance Of ‘When We Were Young’

 

Video credits:
Directed & Edited: Blake Pruitt
Choreography: Ali Perkins
Band: Jordan Auber, Percussion Steve Conroy, Bass Albert Goold, Keyboard Max Yassky, Drums
Dancers: Alexa Andres, Andrew Chung, Becca Co, Rebecca Marie Hidalgo, Justin Robert Thomas Smith
Camera: Dan Rodriguez
Mobile Recording: Cesar G | cesargmusic@gmail.com
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