La Pocha Nostra at SFAI: Workshop & Public Jam Session

Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to present La Pocha Nostra as our first Equal Justice Residents! Join La Pocha for a 5 Day Performance Art Workshop hosted at SFAI from August 27-31, and for a Jam Session Open to the Public at SFAI on August 31 from 7-9PM.

LA POCHA NOSTRA 5-DAY PERFORMANCE ART INTENSIVE | AUGUST 27-31 | APPLY HERE

After the extreme success of our first ever workshop in Santa Fe last year, (Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez, and Balitronica Gómez, et al.), La Pocha Nostra is proud to announce that we will be hosting a second summer workshop intensive in magical Santa Fe, New Mexico! This live art laboratory is open to experimental performance artists, actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students from all over the world.

The summer school involves 5 total days immersed in performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. This amazing cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational laboratory will host up to 24 participants. The “Pocha Workshop” is internationally recognized as an amazing and rigorous artistic and anthropological experiment in which carefully selected artists from several countries and every imaginable artistic, ethnic, multi-cultural, and gender persuasion begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists.

We are expecting participants spanning 4 generations and coming from several different countries. Please send in your application ASAP to ensure your participation! Apply for the workshop here. We consider our workshops to be La Pocha’s most important pedagogical and political adventures of the year. Aviéntense locos y locas! Please join us!  Read more about the workshop here. For questions, write to pocha@pochanostra.com

 

JAM SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | AUGUST 31  7-9PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE ADMISSION RSVP REQUIRED

Join us for a free “Open Pedagogical Session” featuring artists from a ​five-day intensive workshop lead by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and members of the legendary troupe La Pocha Nostra​ (Balitronica Gomez and Saul Garcia-Lopez)​. This open session will have a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. This final event will involve experimental performance artists, actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students. RSVP to attend the Jam Session below.

 

ABOUT LA POCHA NOSTRA

La Pocha Nostra is an ever growing cross-disciplinary arts organization and non-profit based in San Francisco, California with branches in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. La Pocha Nostra was founded in 1993 by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes, Michèle Ceballos Michot and Nola Mariano in Los Angeles. The goal was to formalize conceptually Gómez-Peña’s collaborations with other performance artists.

Current core members of La Pocha include Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Michèle Ceballos Michot, Saul Garcia Lopez, Balitronica Gómez, Emma Tramposch, and Nayla Altamirano. Our projects range from performance solos and duets to large scale multi-sensory performance installations involving photo, video, sound and projection. If there is a common denominator, it is our desire to cross and erase dangerous borders including those between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator – ultimately to dissolve borders and myths of purity whether they be specific to culture, ethnicity, gender or language.

ABOUT SFAI’S EQUAL JUSTICE RESIDENCY | LEARN ABOUT ALL OF OUR EQUAL JUSTICE RESIDENTS

From September 2017 through August 2018, SFAI programming will explore Equal Justice and the following questions within the context of of the residency:

  • How can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social and racial equity?
  • How can community action creatively address accountability and responsibility for equal justice within legal, financial, and social systems?
  • How can creative practices bear witness and give testimony to those who suffer injustice, and in the process help to transform systems of structural oppression?

Residency awardees were evaluated on the following criteria: engagement with the Equal Justice theme, the creative excellence of the application, the applicant’s personal and professional merit, the applicant’s potential for professional development through access to a sponsored residency, their capacity to grow through risk-taking new work, and the potential for their proposed project to effect tangible positive social change in marginalized and oppressed communities.

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