La Pocha Nostra’s trajectory begins many years ago, in the early 90s. I first met the troupe in 2008 and after collaborating on a series of projects as an associate artist for couple of years I joined the troupe as a core member between 2011-2016.
La Pocha Nostra is an ever-morphing trans-disciplinary arts organization, founded in 1993 by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Roberto Sifuentes, and Nola Mariano in California. It provides a base (and forum) for a loose network of rebel artists from various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds, whose common denominator is the desire to cross and erase dangerous borders between art and politics, practice and theory, artist and spectator. Projects range from performance solos and duets to large-scale performance installations including video, photography, audio, and cyber-art. La Pocha collaborates across national borders, race, gender and generations. Our collaborative model functions both as an act of citizen diplomacy and as a means to create “ephemeral communities” of like-minded rebels. The basic premise of these collaborations is founded on an ideal: “If we learn to cross borders on stage, we may learn how to do so in larger social spheres.”
La Pocha strives to eradicate myths of purity and dissolve borders surrounding culture, ethnicity, gender, language, and métier. Sadly, at this point in time, these are still considered radical acts.
Pocha’s membership is constantly shifting. Current core members include: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Saúl García-López, Emma Tramposch, Michele Ceballos Michot, Balitronika Gómez and Nayla Altamirano. Ex-core members include: Dani d’Emilia, Daniel Brittany Chávez, Roberto Sifuentes, Violeta Luna, Juan Ybarra and Erica Mott. Honorary members include Lois Keidan, James Luna, Heather Haynes, Guillermo Galindo, Gustavo Vazquez, Orlando Britto-Jinorio, Gabriela Salgado, Rachel Rodgers, Gabriela Leon, and Reverend Billy. There are also more than 30 associates spread throughout 10 different countries including Natalie Brewster Nguyen, Allison Wyper, Marcos Najera, Maria Alejandra Estrada, Gerardo Juarez, Nayla Altamirano, Lucas Avendaño and many more incredible artists.
INFO ON LPN CURRENT PROJECTS AVAILABLE HERE:
LIVE ARCHIVE OF RECENT PROJECTS: http://lapochanostralivearchive.tumblr.com/