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La Pocha Nostra - Traveling identities

09 Mar
Sted: TBA 09.03.2020-10.03.2020 10:00-15:00

Skuespiller- og danseralliansen har invitert kursholder Saul Garcia-Lopez til å holde workshoppen "Identity travelers: a creative voyage exploring our identity in different physical contexts". En workshop i samarbeid med Black Box Teater for Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival, og Akademi for Scenekunst (Høgskolen i Østfold) som en del av Saula Garcia Lopez semester som gjesteprofessor ved Akademiet.

 Foto: Norma Patiño

Workshop description:

The workshop will be structured around the bases of the radical pedagogy of La Pocha Nostra and identity reinvention. More precisely, the workshop will explore how our body and identity are affected by the physical characteristics of the space including its cultural context. The synergy of these elements forces us to change in order to survive. The workshop will be something between a voyage and a workshop, where the participants will travel from space to space – studio to studio to see how body and identity get affected. 

“I see our identity as a maquiladora, an ongoing conceptual assembly line that manifests itself in body-based metaphors and symbols, and that recycles, retouches and rebrands our surrenders. We create/re-create new and old identities to articulate the complexities of our times in relationships with specific places. Space and place are a training field for identity resistance, reinvention, and “identity activism". I share eclectic performance techniques & exercises, challenging you to become aware of your identity in relationship with space and develop hybrid body-based images, and ritual structures based on your own complex identities, personal aesthetics, and political concerns. The workshop is body base and experiential.” - La Saula

Saul Garcia-Lopez aka La Saula is a performance artist, radical performance director, pedagogue, a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies and Co-Artistic Director of La Pocha Nostra. As a scholar and artist, he explores the pedagogical intersections of acting and performance theory and practice, indigenous strategies of performance, ethnicity, gender, post-coloniality, and indigeneity. His artistic work is body, text and multidisciplinary based and aims to dislocate/challenge assumptions of cultural representations by embodying simultaneous and contradictory identities and actions. As part of his professional development, Garcia-Lopez trained as a contemporary dancer and actor, and as a psychologist at the National University in Mexico. He also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Directing at VCA, Melbourne University, Australia, and a Drama and Film Honors Degree at WITS University, South Africa. He has presented his work around the world touring with Pocha Nostra and presenting his solo work.  He is a guest co-editor of the Almanac of Live Art, board member of the Toronto Free Gallery, and former teacher and the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. He is a co-author with Guillermo Gomez Peña of the new upcoming pedagogical book La Pocha Nostra: A handbook for the rebel artist in a post-democratic society. The book will be published by Routledge and released in 2020.  

PLEASE NOTE * The workshop is held in English.

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