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Jose L. Reynoso

Jose L. Reynoso

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Culture and Performance, UCLA
M.F.A. in Choreography, UCLA
Office: ARTS 201

Jose Luis Reynoso was the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies at Northwestern University (2012-2014). He completed his Ph.D. in Culture and Performance with a specialization in Dance Studies (2012) and a M.F.A in Choreography (2006) at UCLA. He also holds a M.A. (2003) and a B.A. (2000) in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles.

Dr. Reynoso writes and teaches about the history, theory, and practice of dance and other forms of cultural production focusing primarily on the U.S., Mexico, and other countries in Latin America. His interests focus on the roles that corporeality in general and dance in particular play in the production of knowledge and subjectivity. His work investigates ideological and political discourses embodied in dance making as well as in the formation of artistic identifications. It also examines how race, class and gender participate in the production of notions of post/modernity, post/modernism, and “contemporary Art.” His book project explores the role that concert dance and vernacular forms of expressive cultures played in twentieth-century processes of modernization in post-revolutionary Mexico as these art forms converged to produce distinctive embodied “mestizo” modernisms.

As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Dr. Reynoso began expanding, and publishing, his research on the combination of ballet and modern dance with indigenous and Africanist forms of cultural production as part of nation formation in various countries in Latin America during the twentieth century. While at Northwestern University, he also taught courses such as “Dance in Context,” “Introduction to Dance Studies,” and “Arts, Politics, and Corporeality in the U.S. and Mexico.” He also organized the Critical Dance Studies Reading Group at Northwestern University.

Dr. Reynoso’s academic and choreographic work as well as his dance performances have been presented nationally and internationally at conferences organized by the Congress on Research in Dance, the Society of Dance History Scholars, Dance under Construction, the Latin American Studies Association, and at venues as diverse as senior citizen centers, bars, art galleries, outdoor locales, and the proscenium stage. As a performer and choreographer, Dr. Reynoso has collaborated with dance and performance artists such as Hae Kyung Lee and Dancers, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and David Roussève, among many others. 

Selected Works:


“Choreographing Modern Mexico: Anna Pavlova in Mexico City (1919)”. Editor Carrie J. Preston, Modernist Cultures 9.1. Edinburgh University Press, May 2014: 80-98.

“Twentieth Century Dancing Modernisms in Luso-Phone and Spanish-Speaking Latin America,” commissioned by editors Allana Lindgren and Stephen Ross for The Modernist World, Routledge Press (forthcoming).

“Nellie Campobello, Gloria Campobello,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, commissioned by editor Stephen Ross (forthcoming).


Presenter, “The ABC’s of Artistic Civil Engagement: Dance and the Tragedy of the ABC Daycare Center in Hermosillo, Sonora, México,” Latin American Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2014.

Presenter, “Syncretic Dance Modernisms in the construction of Latin American Nation States: A Dance Between the Indigenous and the Cosmopolitan,” Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, March 2014.

Presenter, “Histories of Embodied Ideological Aesthetics in the Production of Mexican Modern Dance as ‘Legitimate’ Modern Art,” Congress on Research in Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars, Riverside, CA, November 2013.

Solo Performances

“A Shamanic Farewell: Into the Beyond,” The 6608 Space, LA, CA, January 2012.

“Celebrating a 50-year recording career: Ruben Guevara,” Eastside Luv Bar, Boyle Heights, CA, December 2011.

“De/Cons-Tructing Queerness on a Straightened Body,” Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA, October 2008.

“Des-Cons/truccion del Cuerpo ‘In/Civilizado,’” Foro de Arte y Cultura, Guadalajara, Mexico, August 2008.


Performer with David Roussève, “Stardust,” Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, Los Angeles, CA, June 2011.

Choreographer with sculptor/designer Juana Flores, “Calabera Fashion Show,” Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space, Los Angeles, CA, November 2010.

Choreographer-performer with Jia Wu, “Bird Cage,” Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA, September 2008; Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007; McKena Theater, San Francisco, January 2007.

Choreographer-performer with performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA, September 2006; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, August 2006; Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, Los Angeles, CA, April 2006.

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