Cabaret Babylon Aztlan. © Don Costello
La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco)
March 25, 8 p.m.
Performance Art Series
The search for who we are is often fuelled by a need to find a place where we belong. The notion of place in Canada in 2017 will be significant. Narratives particular to belonging and to social cohesion will be critical. Taking Place is a performance art series conceived as a means to group together eight significant performance artists from around the globe under one roof precisely at a time when the notion of place becomes especially relevant. Place as address, as geography, as territorial attachment. Community. Taking Place was also conceived as a means to reference civil rights and liberation movements, of inclusiveness. Taking one’s place at a time when the notion of equity is equally as climacteric. Intersection, social identity and indefinite borders.
Uroborus the latest performance by legendary troupe La Pocha Nostra, known for its “robo-baroque/cyborg-kitsch” aesthetic and acid humor. Uroborus is conceived and performed by renowned artist, writer, director, and radical activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña, along with avant-garde performance artist, director and pedagogue Saul Garcia-Lopez, and performer/cyborg poet Balitronica Gomez.
Uroborus is a “high-energy live-art jam session” that dreams for the reinvention of our identities. Using daring shamanic and psychomagic actions, the troupe explores the body politics of non-normative bodies: the aging body, the gender fluid and/or dissident body, ethnic, racialised, and the (un)trained body. The performance is a call to arms against extreme conservatism and violence.
La Pocha Nostra, is a transdisciplinary arts organization focused on collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generations. It has been considered by critics to be “_the most influential Latino performance art troupe of the last 10 years._” (El Pais, Spain.)
Performance : March 25 8 p.m.
20 $ per Taking Place performance
60 $ Taking Place Passport: Illimited access to all 8 performances