This Saturday: La Pocha Nostra’s Corpo/Ilicito

What: La Pocha Nostra’s Corpo/Ilicito: The Post Human Society 6.9
When: Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (btwn 8th and 9th St.)
Cost: $10 advanced tickets, $12 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)

SOMArts Cultural Center presents La Pocha Nostra’s Corpo/Ilicito: The Post Human Society 6.9 as a one-night-only multi-stage immersive performance extravaganza featuring world class local and international performance artists. Corpo/Ilicito premieres as a community program of the current exhibition It’s All A Blur, a major touring exhibition, curated by SOMArts Curator and Gallery Director Justin Hoover and featuring San Francisco based artistic masters, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dale Hoyt and Tony Labat.

Corpo/Ilicito employs a multi-diorama high-tech performance/installation of epic scale exploring the concept of “forbidden bodies”; the bodies of those demonized by isolationistic policies and an extreme culture of fear and high security. “Forbidden bodies” includes the bodies of the Arab and Latino immigrants, the queer body and the “imperfect” body and through this discussion, extends the themes of It’s All A Blur, which uses performance, large-scale interactive installation, video, drawings, and sculpture to reframe the themes of empowerment and enfranchisement in the American West and the current status of the American dream. An earlier version of this large-scale work premiered at CounterPULSE as a duet between Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Violeta Luna in 2009.

Core members of La Pocha Nostra include Michelle Ceballos (Phoenix/Bogota), local Mission district resident Guillermo Galindo, (San Francisco/Mexico City), local Mission district resident and MacArthur Award Fellow Guillermo Gómez-Peña, (San Francisco/Mexico City), Roberto Sifuentes (Aztlán/Chicago), and local resident Emma Tramposch (New Zealand/San Francisco), as well as their performance associates, Dani d’Emilia (Brazil/London), EJ Hill (Chicago), Saul Garcia Lopez (Toronto/Mexico City), Erica Mott (Chicago), Natalie Brewster Nguyen (Manila/Tucson), and John Zibell (Davis/NYC).

According to Curator and Gallery Director Justin Hoover, “Corpo/Ilicito, as a key part of the exhibition It’s All A Blur, continues SOMArts’ grand tradition of risk-taking, form-blending and locally-focused programmatic experimentation that occurs at SOMArts because there is no other venue in the Bay Area that could house this form of structured artistic chaos on such a unique and uncompromising scale.”

This project received support from the California Arts Council; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundations.

SOMArts programming is supported by the Community Arts and Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission.