La Pocha Nostra - Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

La Pocha Nostra - Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence

Site Specific Performance Art. 18+

Proudly hosted by Public Act Theatre, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and the internationally acclaimed La Pocha Nostra troupe, Balitronica Gómez, and Saul Garcia-Lopez, will be presenting a highly customized and site specific performance for their return to Australia – the first time performing here in 15 years!

La Pocha Nostra, “the most influential performance troupe of the last 10 years”, is known for its radical interactive performances dealing with issues that equate the human body with the political body and frontally deal with complex gender & ethnic identities, migration, and the politics of new technologies and language.

In urgent focus for La Pocha Nostra’s 2018 troupe performances are the virulent neo-nationalism and xenophobia emerging throughout the world. This new piece, set to be staged on 30th September in the Byron Theatre, offers a series of live art psycho-magic rituals to combat the culture of hate and provides performative strategies to rebuild across community.

The interactive live art imagery is accompanied by a solo spoken word “sermon” by Gómez-Peña. The transdisciplinary group devote their performances to erasing the borders between art & politics, practice & theory, and artist & spectator.

La Pocha Nostra
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Balitronica Gómez, Saul Garcia-Lopez
(Mexico/USA/Canada)
 

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Fulcrum - Women's Theatre Performance
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Fulcrum - Women's Theatre Performance

Fulcrum – finding balance
A women’s theatre performance

A colourful and exuberant end of term showcase depicting the landscape of our personal stories alongside an exploration of some of the wider complex social issues that are living within our communities and cultural conditioning.

What is our inner ‘fulcrum’? How do we find the balance between dark and light? What are the turning points and triumphs? Can humour be found in the darkness? What are the treasures we bring back with us from the ‘underworld?’ How do we celebrate and find solidarity together?

Over the nine week term each of the 11 women has created her own theatrical piece which is woven together with choreographed movement, costume, light, sound and some kind of magic!

Social Theatre Art is a tool that is increasingly being used to empower people throughout the world. Whilst not necessarily disadvantaged in Byron Bay, we still have issues, personal trauma and extraordinary stories as a rich source of raw material. The playful power of theatre can be incredibly far reaching and our personal stories are always a reflection of the community we live in.

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