CORPO INSURRECTO 3.0: The Robo-Proletariat
La Pocha Nostra Live Art Laboratory presents the American premiere of a new performance project by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes & Erica Mott.
With Pocha Nostra Associates: Brittany Chavez, Rico Martin, Marcos Nájera, Esther Baker Tarpaga & Allison Wyper
Producer / Pocha Associate: Marcos Nájera
La Pocha Nostra Live Art Laboratory presents the US Premiere of Corpo Insurrecto 3.0: The Robo-Proletariat. Previous versions of the project have been presented last year in Austria, Brazil, Finland, The Netherlands and Canada.
Employing the troupe's trademark "robo-baroque" aesthetic, cyborg-kitsch and acid humor, Corpo Insurrecto 3.0 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.
What do you get when you sample from the following performance personas: An aging deviant shaman, a Neo-Aztec priest making romantic religious tableaux vivants with a goat, 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." The troupe's latest performance installation toured last year to Austria, Brazil, Finland and the Netherlands and will be seen by US audiences for the first time this March at the Performance Art Institute.
Employing La Pocha Nostra's trademark "robo-baroque" aesthetic, cyborg-kitsch and acid humor, Corpo Insurrecto 3.0: The Robo Proletariat 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.
Incorporates simultaneous dialogue between live art actions and images, poetic interventions and de-constructive commentary.
The piece can be viewed as a hybrid between a 'living archive' and our radical pedagogy: a performance within a high-energy jam session.
In this format, LPN troupe members will perform live, sampling from their newly developed imagery and personal archive in interaction with each other and the viewers.
WITHIN CORPO INSURRECTO, LPN EXAMINES:
What is X-treme when everything is extreme?
Is audience participation relevant when pop culture is constantly asking us to participate in meaningless consumerism, and every new technological gadget is asking us to "talk back"? And whom do we talk back to?
How can we remain open, original, porous, funny, critical, without falling to post-ironic jadedness or becoming one more "packaged product" for international festivals?
La Pocha Nostra is a trans-disciplinary arts organization that provides a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds. La Pocha is devoted to erasing the borders between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator. La Pocha Nostra has intensely focused on the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generations as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create "ephemeral communities" of rebel artists.
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