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LATINA(O) 4×4 Series 2015
May 15, 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15 – $20
New performance, dance and inter-disciplinary works that speak to the evolution of established and emerging Latina/o Artists in Los Angeles.
This installment, which takes place over two nights, features:
Ariel Campos Ensemble
3-19 Dance Art / Beatriz Vasquez
Friday + Saturday, May 15 + 16 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
This event is made possible in part by the City of Santa Monica Latino CAP Grant Program, a project of the Santa Monica Arts Commission.
This event is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works.
Enrique Castrejon, “A Hybrid Quantified Self”
A multi-media, one- man, performance of Enrique Castrejon obsessively measuring space and his nude body with rulers and measuring tape, detailing everything he measures in inches written on adhesive tape to permit the opportunity to create and deconstruct identity, body image, examine mental disorders, gender and sexuality through art. This performance seeks to examine the in-between, never static but kinetic, multi-dimensional, complex identities that Enrique Castrejon is or has been labeled, Mexican immigrant/wetback/illegal/Chicano/Latino/Mexican American/Hispanic/U.S Citizen/Pocho, spanglish speaking, queer/faggot, sexually promiscuous, whore, freaky dancer, skinny-fat, body dysmorphic alcoholic, bi-polar, adderrall pill popping addict, OCD, Disease Intervention Specialist, mansion house sitter, in-debt, educated, private art gallery caretaker, emerging artist who challenges us to create new zones of hybrid being where a person can be a kaleidoscope of things without a hierarchy that are assertive and inclusive, not homogenous, yet can dismantle the conquering gaze through the ongoing process of incorporating Deleuze & Guitattari’s open equation of nomad thought (x+y+z+…). By Castrejon’s addition of his integrated system of labels, identifications, misidentifications, measurements, stereotypes, contradictions, partial representations , Castrejon attempts to play with impermanent identity in this performance with images and sound while making space for previously un-thought of connections to be made in the possibility towards a becoming, or as Deleuze & Guitattari’s, term a deterritorialization. In addition, this rigid measuring process is an examination that emphasizes the ultimate futility and absurdity of our many attempts to define boundaries, to understand and map out what we see, to name, claim as truth, often irrationally so.
Ariel Campos Ensemble – “I have a cactus imprint on my forehead!” / “Nopal En Mi Frente”
Original compositions and arrangements of popular Mexican Rancheras for solo marimba. The Mexican Rancheras are love songs that all Mexicans know, and are apart of Latino life. They tell stories of love and losing love, heartbreak and melancholy, self-sacrifice and triumph, emotional rage and forgiveness, but are simultaneously about loving life and celebrating being alive. Celebrating the joy that comes from strength, resilience,perseverance and love. It is this dichotomy that I am relating to.
The Ariel Campos Ensemble was created in the summer of 2012 to present musical works for percussion through the use of classical new music repertoire and experimental new music collaborations. Past performance venues include: Pherspace Gallery, The Standard Hotel (DTLA), and L.A.G. Gallery and Vintage Shop. The ensemble believes exposing percussion and new soundscapes to audiences creates a dialogue and appreciation for new music. Group Founder, Percussionist Ariel Campos has been an active musician performing with Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Brooks and Dunne, Poncho Sanchez, Sheila E., an Original London cast member of “Blast!” the musical, and as a soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia, CSUN Wind Ensemble, and featured performer in the first Made in LA Art Biennial at the Hammer museum. He has given lecture performances in Osaka, Japan, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
3-19 Dance Art / Beatriz Vasquez, “Melancholy & Perfection”
Dance honoring the work of famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach and illustrating the complexity of human emotions when dealing with temptation, peer pressure, and regret.
3-19 Dance Art Founded and Directed by Beatriz E. Vasquez uses and combines the language of Ballet,World Dance, Performance Art, Music and Visual Art, to transport those around to a different place in time. Beatriz E. Vasquez creates works that draw from different disciplines and ethnicities bridging the gap between cultures, gender, and the lines that so often divide humanity.
3-19 Dance Art has been featured at the LA Day of the Dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery 2011, 2014, Echo Park Art Walks 2011,2012, Mi Alma Garden, The Memorial Play House in Santa Monica CA, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, The Mexican Cultural Center at Olvera Street, Mercado La Paloma, Pomona Art Walk, UCLA, Highways Performance Art Space, USC School of Genetic Science, Grand Performances at CA Plaza, Festival De La Calle Ocho, Human Resources Art Gallery, Bach In The Subways Union Station. It’s members are: Nora Cuevas, Ernesto Mañacop, Omar Rodriguez Diaz and Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez.
Visual Art, Media and props: Alfredo Iraheta. Musical collaborators: George Ramirez, Fernando Fraustro, Mateo Latosa. Make up: Emily Ruiz Camacho “I chose numbers to define my work as my work has no ethnicity, I swim in the waters of each culture as if it was my own. We live in a global world and I choose to be inclusive of everyone and everything as opposed to delineate boundaries.” – Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez
Monica Palacios, “Jota Love”
Greatly inspired by my work being published in the Jota Anthology by Korima Press 2016, I would like to create an experience of vignettes and monologues promoting the spirit, consciousness and power of queer Latina love. I will be writer, director and performer stepping out of my solo performer genre and collaborating with younger Latina performers, actors, writers, playwrights, activists opening up about Jota Love–forbidden, sweet, hot, dangerous, tragic and slippery when wet!
Monica Palacios is a Writer/Performer International Hip Chick. Monica is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories featuring dignified Latina/o LGBTQ characters. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic journals, books, dissertations and conference panels. In 2012 Palacios was recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for her 30 years as a groundbreaking Chicana lesbian artist. She was awarded a prestigious Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from the Chicano Studies Institute at UCSB. Monica has taught at UCLA, UCSB, UCR, Loyola Marymount University, Claremont College, Pomona College, California State Los Angeles and American Academy of Dramatic Arts. A highly anthologized writer with three new publications: Mujeres de Maiz Zine Madre, Mother Spring 2015; Out Latina Lesbians Sinister Wisdom Journal 2015; and Jota Anthology by Korima Press 2016. Palacios was nominated for California State Poet Laureate 2015. She was selected as one of the 41 LGBTQ Latina/o 2014 Role Models by Honor41.org., and nominated as 2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes, KCET. Monica was selected as “Latinas of Influence 2013” by HispanicLifestyle.com. Currently promoting her new play, I Kissed Chavela Vargas. www.monicapalacios.com