Fiercely Political Performance Art

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ArtUp in partnership with The Mattress Factory Museum and Bricolage are bringing La Pocha Nostra to Pittsburgh. A San Francisco-based performance collective, La Pocha Nostra is committed to creating politically charged art that challenges notions of globalization, identity, colonialism, race and gender.

Artistic director of La Pocha Nostra, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and founding member, Roberto Sifuentes will perform Corpo Illicito: The Post-Human Society #69 on June 6 at 8:00 PM at 937 Liberty Avenue. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 412 381-6999 or visiting here.

On La Pocha Nostra’s website, I found short examples of other performances from the collective. One features Gómez-Peña downing almost an entire bottle of hot sauce while dissonant noise rock plays in the background. The closeness of the camera combined with the fact that it all unfolds in one unbroken take is quite unsettling. The music doesn’t help either. I can’t even imagine what their performance for Three Rivers Arts Festival will be like, but I feel lucky to be able to see it. This will be the first time that Corpo Illicito: The Post-Human Society #69 will be performed in the United States.

According to a press release I read, the piece deals with “the legacy of fear of the “Other”, the criminalization of the brown body inherited by the Bush administration, and the emerging culture of hope, imagination and faith that has developed in response.” If the postcard being sent out to promote the piece is any indication, this performance will be intense, thought-provoking and truly one-of-a-kind.

Gómez-Peña and Sifuentes will also be running a workshop for local performers June 2-4. The performances generated out of these workshops will be performed June 11-13 as Homeland Insecurity. The performances will be held at 937 Liberty Ave at 8:00 PM each night. Tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412 381-6999 or visiting here.

Audience warning: Both performances will contain adult themes and partial nudity.

photo credit: Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes photographed by Zach Gross, 2007