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ReClaim March / Open Salon: Ritual Performance of Identity and the Human Body

Saturday, March 24, 2018
7:30 pm

Guided by La Pocha Nostra co-artistic director Saúl García-López

This event is the culminating presentation of the CFPA Mpls-hosted workshop, “Exercises for Rebel Artists.” García-López will present concepts from his upcoming book, A Handbook for the Rebel Artist in a Post-Democratic Society, co-written with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and the workshop participants will present a human installation that explores the iconography of funeral and/or rebirth as an exercise in identity reinvention. The installation of collective altars, with the human body as the medium, will explore memory, gender, ethnicity, migration, and politics. The ritual installation is also a call for audiences to recapture their own identities as a site for creativity, activism, imagination and compassion. Join us for this unique, unrepeatable, ritual performance.

Immediately following the presentation, audience members gather in small groups, led by Dispute Resolution Center of MN facilitators, to unpack their experiences of the event together.

Light refreshments. Free admission.

Please RSVP on our Facebook page, and note if you’re going to join us for pizza (see below.)

Saúl García-López is a performance artist, radical performance director, pedagogue, PhD candidate in Performance, and Co-Artistic Director of La Pocha Nostra. As a scholar and artist he explores the pedagogical intersections of acting and performance practice​ and ​indigenous strategies of performance​. ​ His artistic work is body-, tex​t-, and multidisciplinary-based; the work aims to dislocate/challenge assumptions of cultural representations​. ​Garcia-Lopez trained as a contemporary dancer and actor and as a psychologist at ​the ​National University in Mexico​,​ at Melbourne University, Australia, and at WITS University, South Africa​; he has presented his work ​in Europe​, Australia, UK​, t​he Americas (including Canada, Mexico, USA), ​and ​South Africa. He ​has been​ co-editor of the Almanac of Live Art, and teacher at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto.​ ​He is finalizing his first book with Guillermo Gómez-Peña, A Handbook for the Rebel Artist in a Post-Democratic Society (available November 2018).

Free parking available across the street in the Lake Country School lot.

Come for dinner before the event!

KingField Neighborhood Association (KFNA) Outdoor Oven opens on March 24th with a Saturday community pizza event from 5:30-7:30 PM, in the backyard of CFPA Mpls.
Suggested donation of $10 per person.

Interested in attending the “Exercises for Rebel Artists” workshop?

There are still a few slots left! Email or visit the link for details on how to apply.

The ReClaim series supports artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. With a focus on artists that reckon with social justice on a human scale, the post-presentation discussions are facilitated by skilled leaders in the creation of art and the seeking of justice.