CORPO INSURRECTO (From the series Psycho-Magic Actions For A World Gone Wrong)
“What do you get when you sample from the following performance personas: A Brazilian faceless she/bull, an aging deviant shaman, a neo-Aztec priest making tableaux vivants with a goat, a Mexican Bhutto/vato mariachi, a flamenco drag king and an Oil Spill Madonna?” The most recent work of La Pocha Nostra, considered by critics to be “the most influential Latino performance art troupe of the last 10 years.”
Friday, July 5
9:00 Doors 9:30 Performance
Grace Exhibition Space Members Admitted Free with Annual Membership
LA POCHA NOSTRA
Employing La Pocha Nostra’s trademark “robo-baroque’ aesthetic, cyborg-kitsch and acid humor, Corpo Insurrecto: Psycho-Magic Actions for A World Gone Wrong is LPN’s newest experiment in ‘corporeal transformations’. Using this format, the ritual presentation of live art and live language, Corpo Insurrecto samples both new work and performance classics, addressing the current global culture of far right isolationism, xenophobia, the violence of organized crime and a broken economy and how these factors impact on the human body. As in most Pocha projects, audience members are invited to participate in this bizarre experiment. They will be invited to collaborate as we incarnate “the dreams and nightmares of our current times,” and to help the performers re-imagine new iconography by intervening the performance with their own bodies in dialogue with the performers. Through this, LPN will invoke a “wonderfully clumsy but efficient form of radical democratic practice.” The revelation of the process, the in situ search for new images and formats, becomes the actual project.
Hemispheric Institute article about Guillermo Gomez-Peña & La Pocha Nostra
La Pocha Nostra is an ever-morphing trans-disciplinary arts organization, founded in 1993 by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes, and Nola Mariano in California. The objective was to formally conceptualize Gómez-Peña's collaborations with other performance artists. It provides a base (and forum) for a loose network of rebel artists from various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds, whose common denominator is the desire to cross and erase dangerous borders between art and politics, practice and theory, artist and spectator.
As of June 2006, members include performance artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Violeta Luna, Michelle Ceballos, and Roberto Sifuentes; curators Gabriela Salgado and Orlando Britto; and over thirty associates worldwide in countries such as Mexico, Spain, the UK, and Australia. Projects range from performance solos and duets to large-scale performance installations including video, photography, audio, and cyber-art. La Pocha collaborates across national borders, race, gender and generations. Their collaborative model functions both as an act of citizen diplomacy and as a means to create "ephemeral communities" of like-minded rebels. The basic premise of these collaborations is founded on an ideal: "If we learn to cross borders on stage, we may learn how to do so in larger social spheres." La Pocha strives to eradicate myths of purity and dissolve borders surrounding culture, ethnicity, gender, language, and métier. These are radical acts.
Grace Exhibition Space opened in 2006 and is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging performance works by the current generation of international performance artists, whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. We believe this is how performance art is meant to be experienced.
"There is no designated stage area, blurring the line between audience and performer, and seating is sparse, as participating in the performance is encouraged. The unknown terrifies you, and yet something, maybe this very feeling, pushes you inside. Welcome to Grace Exhibition Space." Terri Ciccoe. Bushwick Daily January, 2013
"On each night, and in each performance, the human body is redeemed from the mundane and made anew." David Lagaccia, Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art (June, 2012)