Lisa Gonzales is an independent dance maker, performer, improviser and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. Interested in the complex array of meanings revealed by bodies moving in relationship to each other and their environment, Gonzales’ work often investigates some aspect of the power and frailty inherent in humanness. She has taught performed and shown her work in spaces as diverse as DTW in New York, The Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago, the historic Lu-Ling Theater in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Dostoyevsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia, in Helsinki, Finland, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and in cities and spaces across the United States. She works as an independent artist, a commissioned artist, and a choreographer in educational settings and as part of a collective of artists. She is co-founder of The Architects, which allows her to conduct compositional research, teach and perform as part of a collective of composing improvisers. She considers the politics of a collectively organized group teaching collaboratively and making performance work improvisationally and non-hierarchically to be an important and ongoing social statement. She credits many artists with whom she has worked as being influential to her own art making including Peter Schmitz, Penny Campbell, Susan Sgorbati, Andrea Olsen, Deborah Hay, Angie Hauser, Darrell Jones, Peter Carpenter, Chris Aiken, Paul Matteson, K.J. Holmes, Amy Chavasse, Deana Acheson, The Architects and improvising musicians Arthur Brooks and Michael Chorney, puppeteers Dan Hurlin, Chris Green, Tom Lee and Erin Ore, and others. Gonzales attended Middlebury College and received her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University.