LA POCHA NOSTRA

Work: The Enchilada Western (2019)
A Living Museum of Fetishized Identities

2019 PASEO Resident Artist

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La Pocha Nostra is a transdisciplinary arts organization featuring artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saul Garcia Lopez/La Saula, and Balitronica Gómez, providing a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds. Devoted to erasing the borders between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator, La Pocha Nostra has intensely focused on the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generation as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create ephemeral communities of rebel artists for over 25 years.

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La Pocha Nostra was in Taos for two weeks in September of 2019. In the first week they offered one of their legendary international performance summer school workshops here in Taos, New Mexico. These workshops are considered to be La Pocha Nostra’s most important pedagogical and political adventures of the year. Taos County residents were invited to apply for this FREE workshop.

The residency ended with a two night performance piece during PASEO 2019. The Living Museum of Fetishized Identities was the next step in their performance research to develop large-scale interactive performance installations that functioned as “intelligent raves and art expos of Western apocalypse.” This “living museum” was site-specific; realized from a pre-festival workshop featuring different groups of local and international performers. Original music, video projections, cinematic lighting, taxidermied animals and twisted ethnographic motifs helped enhance the high-tech “robo-baroque aesthetic.”

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THE ENCHILADA WESTERN

A Living Museum of Fetishized Identities

An interactive performance opera by La Pocha Nostra

The Living Museum of Fetishized Identities is the next step in their performance research to develop large-scale interactive performance/installations that functioned as “intelligent raves and art expos of Western apocalypse.” This “living museum” is site-specific and is realized from a pre-festival workshop featuring different groups of local and international performers. Original music (live or prerecorded), video projections, cinematic lighting, taxidermied animals and twisted ethnographic motifs helped enhance the high-tech “robo-baroque aesthetic.”

La Pocha Nostra returns to Taos to conduct a two and a half week residency involving workshops, rehearsals and a two night large scale performance opera parodying living history environments & cultural heritage parks gone wrong; commenting on the dangers of cultural appropriation, race bending and queering the popular mythologies of the Southwest.

In these intoxicating environments created by La Pocha, we exhibit ourselves on platforms as intricately decorated “ethno-cyborgs” and “artificial savages”. With live music and video, the structure is open and non-coercive, allowing the audience to walk around the dioramas, designing their own journey. They may stay for as long as they wish, come in and out of the space, or return later on, fully participating in our performance games or keeping to the sidelines as voyeurs.

Specifically for the PASEO Festival, we dive into the collective subconscious of New Mexico and develop highly stylized personas that reveal it’s contradictions & complexities; it’s dreams and nightmares. The preliminary personas imagined are listed below for you two begin to develop ideas around and gather props, costumes and materials that may be useful during the workshop.

La Pocha Nostra
La Pocha Nostra at PASEO 2019

Credits
Conceptualized & written by Guillermo Gómez-Peña & LPN
Producers: Emma Tramposch, Jessamyn Lovell & Matt Thomas/Paseo Project.
Performers: LPN en transito: Gómez-Peña, Balitronica, La Saula, Micha Espinosa, DJ Ricardiaco, Muza de la Luz, Holly Timpener, Nikesha Breeze, Aquarius Funkk, Pepper Pepper, Rob Evans, Cassie Thornton and Shanna Robbins.
Live music: DJ Ricardiaco, Micha Espinosa & Gómez-Peña
Live Video: Pepper Pepper & LPN
Installation crew/costumes/make-up & additional live images: Workshop participants of the “Pocha summer school in Taos”: Rob Evans, Cassie Thornton, josie j (divinebrick), Anna Valeska Pohl, Leni Hester, Arturo Herrera, Clare O’Brien, Jessica Cooke, Polina Porras Sivolobova and Tess Martins.
Opera singers: Micha Espinosa, Gomez-Peña and name of opera singer TBA

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