Applications open for La Pocha’s Summer School 2014




This year, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and the members of La Pocha Nostra meet at San Jose/Heredia City in Costa Rica to hold their yearly legendary international performance workshop from July 7-18. The beautiful (and safe) city of Heredia, located 19 km from San Jose City, is the set for the first ever event of this type in Central America. The summer performance workshop is La Pocha’s most important pedagogic endeavor of the year. Here we go locos y locas! The project is being co-produced with Grupo Sotavento Teatro+Performancerun by local artists Sally Molina and Paola Gonzalez. Since 2003, Grupo Sotaventohas been creating and producing art projects to fight any kind of discrimination and violence in the city of Heredia, Costa Rica. This year the Summer School will take place at La Cueva del Cadejo, an alternative art space that officially opens this summer, and the Teatro Centro Para las Artes (CPA) of the Center of Arts and Research of National University of Costa Rica in Heredia City.

About the Pocha workshop:

This summer’s workshop will be led by La Pocha Nostra troupe members Guillermo Gómez-Peña (USA-Mexico), Dani d’Emilia (Portugal-Brasil), Saul Garcia Lopez (Canada-Mexico)and Brittany Chavez (USA-Mexico).It involves an 11 day intensive on performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. We will also place particular emphasis in the relationship between the human body and environment by having multiple sites to play with. At the end of the workshop we will have an epic jam session open to the local arts community. This amazing cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational laboratory will host up to 24 participants. The ‘Pocha workshop’ is internationally recognized as an amazing and rigorous artistic and anthropological experiment in which carefully selected artists from several countries and every imaginable artistic, ethnic, multi-cultural, and gender persuasion begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists. As always, space will be limited and is expected to fill quickly. We encourage all interested applicants to submit your application as soon as possible. Application guidelines included in the above links.