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Exercises for Rebel Artists : Radical Performance Pedagogy - Guillermo Gomez-Pena

Exercises for Rebel Artists

Radical Performance Pedagogy

Paperback Published: 13th September 2011
ISBN: 9780415549233
Number Of Pages: 238

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In Exercises for Rebel Artists, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes use their extensive teaching and performance experience with La Pocha Nostra to help students and practitioners to create 'border art'.

Designed to take readers right into the heart of radical performance, the authors use a series of crucial practical exercises, honed in workshops worldwide, to help create challenging theatre which transcends the boundaries of nation, gender, and racial identity.

The book features:

  • Detailed exercises for using Pocha Nostra methods in workshops
  • Inspirational approaches for anyone creating, producing or teaching radical performance
  • A step-by-step guide for large-scale group performance
  • New, unpublished photos of the Pocha Nostra method in practice

Exercises for Rebel Artists advocates teaching as an important form of activism and as an extension of the performance aesthetic. It is an essential text for anyone who wants to learn how use performance to both challenge and change.

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Special thanks y muchas graciasp. xvii
Introduction: Performance as radical pedagogy - a brief history of the "Pocha method"p. 1
Aims and motivations of a Pocha Nostra performance workshopp. 10
Notes to producers and workshop facilitators: useful suggestions for preparing a performance workshop inspired by La Pocha Nostrap. 13
Identifying and preparing the spacep. 17
Important notes to workshop participantsp. 23
Words to try to avoid when conducting a workshopp. 33
Performance exercises, rituals, and games to cross bordersp. 35
Part 1: "Hands-on" physical and perceptual exercisesp. 39
Part 2: Conceptual and poetic exercisesp. 75
Part 3: Exercises to generate performance material and living imagesp. 99
Part 4: The infamous Pocha "jam sessions"p. 133
Part 5: Preparing for a public performancep. 153
Syllabus for performance workshopsp. 175
Humble advice for emerging performance artistsp. 184
In a permanent process of reinvention (a conversation)p. 189
Part 1: The beginning of a new erap. 190
Part 2: Opening up the methodologyp. 195
Part 3: Inclusivity and the performance "moment"p. 203
Part 4: Strategies for negotiating external and internal border issues in a Pocha workshop settingp. 209
Letter from Oaxaca: performing in the flamesp. 216
Mapping territories of inquiry: poetic/performance texts generated by workshop participantsp. 221
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780415549233
ISBN-10: 041554923X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 13th September 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1