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Rebel Acts

Rebel Acts
various locations: see details below
Time: Oct 26th, 9:00 am End: Nov 1st, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), United States Studies, Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Latin American, Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS)
Artist residency with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance is pleased to present

Rebel Acts

Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra

Rebel Acts, an artistic residency with La Pocha Nostra, will be hosted by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.  For the first time in over five years, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha core troupe members will convene in Toronto for a series of performances, workshops, and dialogues. Based in San Francisco, La Pocha Nostra provides a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations, and ethnic backgrounds. La Pocha Nostra is a transdisicplinary, transnational arts collective working across national borders, race, gender and generations as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create temporary communities of rebel artists.  Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, artist, radical pedagogue, and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. His performance work and ten books have contributed to debates on cultural diversity, border culture, and US-Mexico relations. As part of their residency at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Gómez-Peña and Pocha Nostra will have a series of exciting activities including Imaginary Activism, a solo performance by Gómez-Peña, and the Canadian premiere of the most recent Pocha epic performance, Corpo Insurrecto 3.2. The artists participating in this residency are: Guillermo Gómez-Peña (USA/Mexico City), performance artist and founder of La Pocha Nostra, and core troupe members Dani d'Emilia (Portugal/Brazil), Brittany Chavez (Mexico/USA), and Saul Garcia López (Mexico/USA/Canada/Aztlán).

28 October, 8 pm: Imaginary Activism -- Robert Gill Theatre

31 October and 1 November, 8 pm: Corpo Insurrecto 3.2 (Canadian premiere) -- Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse

29 October, 8 pm: Artist-Activist Dialogue -- Luella Massey Studio Theatre

30 October, 8 pm: Wolkshop Performance Salon -- Luella Massey Studio Theatre

Free admission.  To reserve tickets, call (416) 978-7987 or email rebecca.biason@utoronto.ca

For high-resolution photos and further information about this and other La Pocha Nostra projects, email Saul Garcia-López at saulgarcialopez@gmail.com. More work by La Pocha Nostra can be explored at http://interculturalpoltergeist.tumblr.com and http://gomez-pena.tumblr.com

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This residency was made possible with the generous support of:

  • Latin American Studies program
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies Institute
  • Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE
  • Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas
  • Art Gallery of York University (agYU)
  • Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP)
  • Why Not Theatre
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

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