Barak adé Soleil makes dance, theatre, and performance art. An award-winning creative practitioner, he has been engaging diverse communities nationally and internationally for over two decades. His work speaks to the expanse of contemporary art; drawing upon legacies and aesthetics from the African diaspora, disability, and queer culture. Photo: Courtesy of Barak adé Soleil
turttle // ele’fant: a solo performance diptych
turttle//ele’fant reflects new dance work created in response to current sociopolitical tensions manifesting within the corporeal and spiritual. As this performance diptych unfolds, time shifts, the body moves between subtle fluid isolations and nuanced gestures. The interdependent journey reveals the intertwined legacies of race and disability.
Ana Francis Mor graduated from Foro Teatro Contemporáneo in Mexico City and has directed plays such as La noche en que raptaron a Epifanía, Titus Andrónicus at the Cervantino Festival, Código Shakespeare, Silence Isn’t So, which opened at The Kitchen in New York City, and Para soñar que no estamos huyendo, which she wrote and directed for the CDMX Muestra de Artes Escénicas. She is a member of Las Reinas Chulas, a Mexican cabaret collective founded in 1998.
Who Wants to be Ophelia? I, Sappho
Who Wants to be Ophelia? I, Sappho is a cabaret conference-show that seeks to create a reflection on the many problems of gender inequality in Mexico. This production criticizes the essentially patriarchal nature of Mexican art, by proposing a narrative from a non-sexist, egalitarian perspective.
Lois Weaver (a.k.a. Tammy WhyNot) one of the most important feminist lesbian performance artists and Alina Troyano (a.k.a. Carmelita Tropicana) a latina, lesbian performer extraordinaire met at the WOW café and have shared the stage since the 80’s. These divas reunite to bring fun, mischief and facilitate public engagement in Chile’s 2016 Exxentric Encuentro.
Cheet Chat Chile
Tammy and Carmelita reunite in a 21st century homage to Cheet Chat with Carmelita, a 1980s satire TV Talk Show created by Uzi Parnes at Club Chandelier in downtown NYC. The divas will act as anarchic roving reporters who interview guests, invite spontaneous performance as well as provide a space to talk about issues of eccentricity that may arise throughout the festival/conference. It is part news show, part talk show, part clearing house, and part cocktail lounge.
Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer, and scholar whose work examines queer and feminist understandings of reproductive labor. Her artwork has appeared at MoMA PS1 in New York, and the Tate Modern in London, among others. She is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a PhD candidate in Performance Studies at New York University.
Non-Consensual Collaborations, 2012-present
Location: FEN, Hall Central
This work documents a series of non-consensual collaborations: performances with other artists who did not agree to their participation. These collaborations go against traditional ideas of intention that structure art practice, dwelling instead on the entanglements of relation. By reframing difficult social encounters, the performances attempt to recalibrate a feminist capacity to act.
Gonzalo Rabanal studied Communications and Visual Arts at the University of Chile. He is a former member of the collective Ángeles Negros, who are known for their art-actions and performances in urban spaces. He is currently collecting autobiographical testimonies for a performance piece in which his father is a source of action and memory. Other works include El cría cuervos, Mal decir la letra, and El cuerpo indecible.
Arte de Acción en Chile (entre la dictadura y la “democracia”)
This documentary follows the process and establishment of performance and action art in Chile, featuring the accounts of performance artists, activists, and performers (from the military dictatorship to the “democracy”).
The Yes Men Are Revolting
In their third film, The Yes Men’s mid-life crises threaten to drive them out of activism forever—even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change.
The Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate criminals to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment. Their outrageous satirical interventions form the basis of three documentaries, including The Yes Men Are Revolting. They are the recipients of numerous awards and the authors of several books and articles. They founded the Yes Lab, which facilitates creative activist projects and the global development of creative activism.
Carola Jerez’s performances include Baño Público, Festival Nuevas Tendencias, ¿Cómo estás hoy día?, Chilean Wei, and others. She participated in the Encuentro Internacional de Performance and presented Perra Juárez in the DEFORMES International Performance Biennial. She is also the author of the book Entre Fronteras, Teatro y Performance.
STATES OF DISORDER
A music and sound performance about peculiar bipolar manics, it draws a parallel with a society that has been sick since the dictator regime. A sound map of my states of disorder between the illness and the ill society. I will intersperse songs by: Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Ursula Dudsiak, Nina Haggen, and Violeta Parra.
Carmen Berenguer is a visual artist and writer. She has participated in: Intervention at the School of Art of the University of Chile (1988), Book at Half-Mast Performance (1988), Video Art: “Postcards from the South” (1990), “The T of Copper” Berenguer (1991), Multimedia Work: Crime and Betrayal (work of women’s speeches in Chilean history) (2003), work of visual bioart: Body Hair (2012).
Ardorously Activist, Passionately Insurgent
Location: FEN, Hall Central
Ardorously Activist, Passionately Insurgent is the name of biovideoart work which explores the theme of hair loss, the side effect of a violent chemotherapy I underwent to treat a devastating cancer I developed in 2011. As such, as my hair fell out, I re-lived the forms of violence inflicted upon my shining black hair in subscribing to 20th century hairstyling.
César Martínez works to tackle different economic, social, and cultural issues that have arisen in the last few decades. From a logic of provocation, critique, and disturbance, he uses multiple media to confront topics such as the social surfeit against a failed system, the failure of institutions, and globalization.
Free Trade Metabolism: Free Educational Gastroeconomy for All
An action to eradicate the ACANEMIA. Ten thousand dollars worth of gourmet performative cakes—packed with creative enzymes and symbolic proteins—will be served for audience members to taste. DIET EDUCATIONAL BUFFET, a metaphorical symbiosis of fats and glucides against the dessertification of education.