Jose Richard Aviles is a second year candidate at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. With a passion for dance, queer theory, and community organizing. Aviles choreographs in the hopes of inspiring communities to empower themselves and advocate against oppression at large. Under the creative direction of award-winning choreographer Marina Magalhães and Argel Rojo, Aviles piece recalls upon the hidden stories of his body, the intangible heritage. Drawing upon the intangible heritage, Aviles aims to inspire audience members to draw upon their stories of joy and trauma and turn them into futures of resiliency.
Richard’s 2018 TEDxUSC talk can be found here.