Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Performance Art Collaboration With Guillermo Gomez-Pena

Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Belatronica, the cyborg poet held a Performance Making workshop at San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture in collaboration with California Institute of Integral Studies' Dancing With The So Called Dead festival.
The performance culminated around the creation of two human statues and then make an altar. The two living altars were juxtaposed to each other. The concept was an altar to America: The Fallen Diva! This performance piece left the Center for Sex and Culture and was reconstructed back at the Desai Matter Gallery to be created into a seance! 
This was a beautiful piece to be apart of!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Attended an awesome workshop with Sean San Jose, then saw Nogales. Amazing!


by Richard Montoya and directed by Sean San Jose

After attending an intense workshop led by Sean San Jose at California Institute of Integral Studies I went to check out Nogales at Magic Theatre. Here I was told an amazing story of a murder, investigation, and performance making that can truly instigate change.

On October 10, 2012 Jose Antonio Elena Rodrigues was shot fifteen times by a US Border Patrol Agent. The investigative performance given by Carla Pantoja, Richard Montoya, Sean San Jose, and ensemble was informed, intelligent, raw. Nogales magnifies truth and highlights chaos.

When confronting such crushing social justice issues you have to be able to laugh to stay engaged with the terrifying testimony.  Nogales is no exception. The quick wit and cutting  reality was delivered unapologetically and kept us on the edge of our seats. Most of us stood up to give a standing ovation.

“Thank you friends for your standing applause! For those of you who remained seated, please have a safe drive back to Walnut Creek!” Richard Montoya kept us laughing past the end of the performance. I observed the people who had remained seated. They laughed in spite of themselves. Bravo!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG - Warning: This is depressing.

It's the first Wednesday of the month y'all! Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's brain child's blog hop. IWSG is a safe place for writer's of all walks of life to get together, share our insecurities, and support each other. To join The Insecure Writer's Support Group CLICK HERE!!! 

I've been crazy busy this last month. I've been promoting our month long interdisciplinary arts festival Dancing With The So Called Dead and attended a few workshops. It's been awesome, and I'm filled with gratitude for the experience, but I feel so guilty.

A woman I knew died in the middle of all this. I found out through a friend that she took her own life. She took an Uber to the Golden Gate Bridge, and jumped. I'm so angry at the Uber driver. Who drives an upset person to a fucking bridge? I'm angry at her boyfriend. When someone tells you they're going to commit suicide, you don't ignore them. Mostly, I'm just pissed off with San Francisco. This permissive city punishes all the wrong people. 

My friend wrote a really beautiful piece on this poor girl: -

I've written a few pieces myself to cope, and it's becoming a giant rant of an essay. Do any of you deal with your grief the same way?