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In Performance: La Pocha Nostra’s Live Art Laboratory (Tucson, AZ, USA)

In Performance: La Pocha Nostra’s Live Art Laboratory (Tucson, AZ, USA)


La Pocha Nostra’s Live Art Laboratory will be held in Tucson, Arizona from January 31 through February 11, 2013. Gómez-Peña and the members of La Pocha Nostra will host their legendary winter performance workshop which is considered La Pocha’s most important pedagogic endeavor of the year.

The project is being co-produced with Michele Ceballos Michot and long-time Pocha Nostra colleague Natalie Brewster Nguyen and held at Cirque Roots, a circus collective run arts space in downtown Tucson.


About the Pocha workshop:

This winter workshop will be led by troupe members Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Michele Ceballos Michot, Roberto Sifuentes and Erica Mott of La Pocha Nostra and involves 9-day intensive sessions on performanceart with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. We willalso place particular emphasis in the relationship between the human body and architecture by interveningmultiple different public and private spaces within the city. At the end of the workshop we will have an epicjam session open to the local arts community in one of the aforementioned sites. This amazing cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational laboratory will host up to 22 participants only.

The ‘Pocha workshop’ is internationally recognized as “an amazing artistic and anthropological experiment in which carefully selected artists from several countries and every imaginable artistic, ethnic sub-cultural background and gender persuasion, begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists.”

As always, space will be limited and is expected to fill quickly. We encourage all interested applicants to submit materials to us as soon as possible. Application guidelines are included below.

What will be taught?

The exciting 8-hour per-day workshop will offer two parallel processes: Participants are exposed to La Pocha Nostra’s most recent performance methodologies, an eclectic sampling of exercises borrowed from multiple traditions including performance art, experimental theater and dance, the Suzuki method, ritual shamanism, performance games and live jam sessions. Parallel to this hands-on process, the group will analyze collective experimentation, creative process, the issues addressed by the work, its aesthetic currency, cultural impact and political pertinence. We will also organize various performance interventions into other city spaces and various museums and art spaces. To round up the pedagogical experiment, the workshop will culminate with a live jam session open to the local arts community.

Who should attend?

Performance artists, experimental actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students interested in the topics addressed by La Pocha Nostra. Ages can fluctuate from 20 to 80 years old. It is crucial that applicants are familiar with La Pocha Nostra’s ideas & aesthetics. We provide several resources at the bottom of this convocatory to better familiarize yourself. The workshop is extremely fun as well as being both physically and intellectually rigorous. We welcome new colleagues as well as past participants from previous workshops.

What is the application process?

(a) Fill out the one page application stating why you are interested in participating in the workshop and answering the other questions outlined. Please include the names and contact information of two professional references.

(b) Send your current CV and clearly indicate where we can locate links to your work online.

(c) If you are a returning participant, please send us a short description of what you have been working on since we last saw you and why you wish to attend again. This is all we request from returning applicants.

NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS: We will be reviewing applications as they arrive to us so we encourage you to apply in advance of the deadline.

Application deadline: January 5, 2013

ALL applicants please email your application to both of the following addresses with “YOUR NAME: TUCSON WORKSHOP” in the subject heading: &


Please note that this year we will be able offer a limited number of partial scholarships for locally based Arizona artists and Mexican Nationals.

The tuition for the 9-day workshop includes access to all sessions and cultural activities, some assistance with ground transportation between sites, materials & daily refreshments. Our local co-presenters will suggest reasonably priced accommodation suggestions and eating options in Tucson to make your time as inexpensive as possible.

Please note that space will be limited and applicants considered on a first come basis. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. For more information on La Pocha Nostra please visit:




Please fill out this one-page form and return with all materials before January 5, 2013 to: &

The Committee may contact you for more information. Please limit answers to space provided.

Name: Date:


Email address: Phone number:

School/ Department / Organization:

Major / Discipline:


Cultural Identity (e.g. religion, sexuality, ethnicity…):

Gender Identity:


Names / contact information of two professional contacts/references:

Why would you like to participate in this workshop?

Please give us a brief statement of your artistic goals.

How will this workshop support you in achieving your goals?

Please give a brief background on your relationship to the complex ideas of race, gender, and identity. Have you explored any of

these ideas in your present body of work? How?

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Internationally unknown artist and post-Campbellite Emily Sloan is the founding reverend of the controversial Southern Naptist Convention and chief caretaker and curator of The Kenmore exhibition object. Sloan is based out of Houston, Texas where her practice includes education, performance, public art projects and object making.
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