Erica performs with La Pocha Nostra in San Francisco

photo by Berenice Guraieb

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at 8pm at SOMArts in San Francisco
$10 advance donation, $12 door donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Purchase online here.

Labeled as “the most influential Latino experimental arts troupe in the past 10 years,” La Pocha Nostra continues to surprise audiences with their shocking interactive ritual performances questioning power relations and the criminalization of the brown body. Come and experience the infamous performance troupe in their wildest, immersive, multi-sensorial, trans-disciplinary format. For the first time in over two years, La Pocha’s core troupe members will convene in San Francisco for a week [January 9-15) with seven of their newest and hottest collaborators from around the globe. The epic event brings together 3 generations of Pochistas in their largest performance extravaganza in SF since 1998. This marks both, the end of their Mapa/Corpo series and the end of the troupe as we currently know it!!
La Pocha Nostra is an ever growing cross-disciplinary arts organization and non-profit based in San Francisco, California with branches in Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Our common denominator is our desire to cross and erase dangerous borders including those between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator – ultimately to dissolve borders and myths of purity whether they be specific to culture, ethnicity, gender or language.
Gomez-Peña has written about this piece:
“For the past years, as part of our ongoing Mapa/Corpo series, we have examined the human body as a site for radical spirituality, memory, penance, activism, stylized anger and corporeal reinvention…As live artists, our task is to create living metaphors that articulate a new aesthetic, culture, spirituality and a sexuality that emerge out of the ruins of our Western civilization.”