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2010 International Pocha Nostra Workshop

April 18, 2010

2010 International Pocha Nostra Workshop


This year, Gomez-Peña and the members of La Pocha Nostra return to the gorgeous Mexican City of Oaxaca to hold their legendary international performance workshop from Sunday August, 1 to Friday August, 13 2010.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes and Emma Tramposch of La Pocha Nostra will conduct their 12-day intensive summer workshop on performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. This cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational workshop will host up to 24 performance artists and students (half will be from around the world and the other half will be Mexican). The summer performance workshop is La Pocha’s most important pedagogic endeavor of the year.

The prestigious ‘Pocha workshop’ is an amazing artistic and anthropological experiment in which carefully selected artists from several countries and 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.

This year the project is being co-produced with the ‘re-active art lab’ La Perrera run by Oaxacan artists Gabriela León and Isabel Rojas. Since 2007 La Perrera has being creating and producing art projects to incite the crossing of conceptual frontiers between art disciplines using ‘actions’ as a driving force/catalyst.

Space will be limited and is expected to fill quickly. Please submit your materials to us as soon as possible! Application guidelines  are included below.

Where will it take place?

The spectacular colonial city of Oaxaca, located in Southern Mexico has already hosted several Pocha Nostra workshops. This year it will take place at la Curtiduria, the studio of artist Demian Flores located in Jalatlaco, one of the oldest barrios of Oaxaca. La Curtiduria is an old leather factory with lots of space and character which has been redesigned by Flores and is equipped with lights, sound, costumes and props. It is within walking distance from the Zocalo and diverse restaurants, bars and hotels.

What will be taught?

The exciting 8-hour per day workshop will offer two parallel processes: Participants are exposed to La Pocha Nostra’s most recent performance methodologies, 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. We will also organize various performance interventions into other city spaces including the old railroad station and various local museums. The workshop will culminate with a live jam session open to the local arts community.

Who should attend?

Performance artists, experimental actors, dancers, theorists, and students interested in the topics addressed by La Pocha Nostra. Ages can fluctuate from 20 to 80 years old. Applicants must have some performance experience, and must be familiar with La Pocha Nostra’s work. The workshop is extremely fun but rigorous. Both English and Spanish will be spoken.

Application process:

Participants will be carefully chosen by a selection committee comprised of Pocha Nostra and La Perrera members.

Applicants must submit the following:

(a) A one-page statement (in English or Spanish,) stating why you are interested in participating

(b) A one-page resume

(c) A sample of your work either on disc or online. Clearly describe the medium, title and any other contextual information.

(d) An optional letter of recommendation from a curator, director, producer or senior artist familiar with your work.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: The application deadline is Monday, May 31, 2010

Please submit your application to Emma Tramposch, Project Coordinator, La Pocha Nostra:


Please submit your application to La Perrera

Please write APPLICATION: Summer 2010 in email subject line. Please note that we will consider applications as they arrive to us and encourage you to submit materials as soon as you are ready. If you are accepted or not, you will be notified no later than late May.


The workshop tuition is $650 USD. The fees do not include room or board. However La Pocha Nostra and our wonderful local hosts always aim to provide a selection of low cost housing and meal options to help participants defray costs. Please consider your daily costs when assessing if the workshop is feasible for you. Unfortunately, due to the financial crisis in Mexico, there is no funding for travel or tuition scholarships this year.

For more information about La Pocha Nostra visit

TRANSBORDADOR POCHA-PERRERA was made possible in part by a grant from NALAC

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