La Pocha Nostra: workshop

March 20-24, 2017

Exercises for Rebel Artists

Facilitated by: Guillermo Gomez Peña, Balitronica Gomez & Saul Garcia Lopez

Place: MAI Rehearsal Studio (428)
3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal (QC) H2X 2K5
Monday March 20 – Friday March 24, 1pm -6pm.

A five-day intensive workshop on performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism.

This intensive workshop led by Pocha Nostra members Guillermo Gomez Peña, Ballitronica Gomez and Saul Garcia Lopez is an amazing artistic and anthropological experiment in which selected artists from every imaginable artistic, ethnic and sub-cultural background begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists.

In this cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational intensive, participants are exposed to the ‘Pocha Method’, an eclectic combination 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 the creative process, the issues addressed by the work, its aesthetic currency, cultural impact and political pertinence.

Who should apply?
Performance artists, experimental actors, experimental actors/dancers, visual artist, musicians, video artists, theorists, and students interested in the topics addressed by La Pocha Nostra. All ages encouraged to apply. Applicants must have some performance experience, and must be familiar with La Pocha Nostra’s work. Participants must be comfortable with group work and collaboration. The workshop is extremely fun but also physically and intellectually rigorous.
Applicants must submit the following:
( a ) Fill out the application form.
( b ) A short resume.
( c ) A sample of your work, preferably made available online. Clearly describe the medium, title
and any other contextual information.


Applications are due by email no later than February 27, 2017 at 5pm.
Notification of acceptances will be given by March 10, 2017. *DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 6 *

Please submit applications to:

Call for participants (format PDF) [477Ko]

For more information on La Pocha Nostra we encourage you to visit the following links before applying:

La Pocha Nostra is a trans-disciplinary arts organization that provides a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds. La Pocha is 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 generations as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create “ephemeral communities” of rebel artists.


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