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A Queer-Puerto-Rican-Cha-Cha-Heels-Performance- ASStravaganza!
A Queer-Puerto-Rican-Cha-Cha-Heels-Performance- ASStravaganza!
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ALMODÓVAR DYSTOPIA,is part Latinx-flavored queer “asstravaganza,” and part an outrageous Body positive explosion! Featuring video, movement, spoken word and gourmet cooking, the piece celebrates all things corporeal through my trademark chaotic and joyful storytelling style. Using my personal Queer-Puerto-Rican-Cha-Cha-Heels-Shaman identity as a point of departure, The Gang Bangers and I explore gender diversity and representation with rukkus joy. In the extremities of character from the melodramatic world evocative of Pedro Almodóvar’s most outrageous characters, we lay bare the challenges, anxieties, and neuroses of survival on a collision course of glamour and decadence.

  

More on the show can be foundHEREwith my interview with Eva Yaa Asantewaa

We are grateful for the support from Dixon Place, a safe space that pushes innovative practices and the development of new works. This support only covers a portion of the production costs for the creation. All Proceeds from this campaign will directly support my fourteen collaborators. Every coin makes a difference and we can't wait to show our thanks with the awesome rewards we have for you! Help us make this possible and keep the dance alive. Thank you!

In solidarity with the efforts of many organizations in the island we are going to donate a portion of the funds raised in our kickstarter for the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, which is housed by the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). For more information please visit mariafund.org.

 

Almodóvar Dystopia will premiere Friday, September 15,2017 and run to September 30,2017 at Dixon Place. EXTRA Show date!! 

Saturday October 7, 2017 @ 10pm Dixon Place

Thirsty Mind, Love and Starvation Sitting on a Lonely Tree (2016 @ Jack)
Thirsty Mind, Love and Starvation Sitting on a Lonely Tree (2016 @ Jack)

ALMODÓVAR DYSTOPIA will be performed by Luke Miller, Darrin Wright, Alvaro Gonzalez Dupuy, Angie Pittman, Awilda Rodríguez Lora, Sarah White Ayon, and the choreographer Antonio Ramos, featuring sound design by Admanda Kobilka aka snoggybox, lighting design by Serena Wong, set design by Sam Gassman, video design by Alex Romania, a gourmet surprise by guerilla chef Miranti aka Dame Cuchi, and revealing costumes by Claire Fleury. David Drake joins us as a dramaturgical consultant.

Mira Él (2016 @ Abrons Art Center for American Realness)
Mira Él (2016 @ Abrons Art Center for American Realness)

Every coin makes a difference and we can't wait to show our thanks with the awesome rewards we have for you! Come see an amazing show that we have worked so hard to create for you. Help us make this possible and keep the dance alive. Thank you! 

Our collective vision is coming to light and I want you to join in witnessing it during our World Premiere commission at Dixon Place from September 15 to 30, 2017! I can't do it on my own and need your support, please help the Gang Bangers make this show the best that it can be, for your enjoyment!

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Antonio Ramos is a dancer, choreographer and certified body work practitioner from Puerto Rico whos current work has been presented at American Realness, The Center for Performance Research, Jack and Museo del Barrio. He is currently a resident artist at Gibney Dance and Dancespace Project. Ramos is the artistic director and choreographer for Antonio Ramos & the Gang Bangers.

The GangBangers: 

Alvaro Gonzalez Dupuy is a dance artist based in Santiago de Chile and New York City. He holds a graduate degree in dance with a concentration in Performance and Pedagogy (based in Laban/Leeder Technique) from the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano. He is currently performing for Antonio Ramos, Not for Retail Collective Elizabeth Motley, and experiments independently in New York City as a dance artist through his own dance company EstadoFlotante. 

Angie Pittman is a dance artist, dance maker, and dance educator. She has had the pleasure of dancing in work by Ralph Lemon, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, Johanna S. Meyer, Kyli Kleven, Anna Sperber, Tess Dworman, and others. Angie has performed her own dances at BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center, and Danspace Project. She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a graduate minor in African American Studies. She was a 2015 DanceWEB scholar for Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria and is a 2016 Artist-in-Residence with Movement Research. 

Awilda Rodríguez Lora is a latina queer performance artist, choreographer, and arts manager, currently living in Santurce, Puerto Rico, where she manages La Rosario, a queer feminist residence for artists, activists, cultural entrepreneurs and art patrons. Formed as a contemporary dancer in New York City, she pursued a Bachelor in Arts from Hunter College (CUNY). In 2006, Rodríguez Lora moved to Chicago where she obtained a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College. Rodríguez Lora believes in using her body to promote progressive dialogues regarding the unstable meanings of race, gender and sexuality. www.laperformera.org

Darrin Wright, a Brooklyn-based artist, is a native of Los Angeles, California where he started tap dancing at the age of six. His early trainings were taking tap classes which lead into jazz with Ian Gary; learning about choreography and performance in high school with Janet Roston; taking postmodern dance with Rudy Perez. In 1997, Darrin joined The Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as part of its farewell tour. He received his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002. Since graduation, Darrin has had the pleasure of working with The METopera, Susan Marshall, Terry Creach, Jane Comfort, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, Yanira Castro, Jack Ferver, Tami Stronach, Antonio Ramos, Leslie Cuyjet, Doug Varone, Laura Peterson, Amber Sloan, Nancy Bannon, Linsey Bostwick, Nina Winthrop, Linsday and Jason Dietz Marchant. Darrin teaches master classes in technique, composition and improvisation throughout the country. In 2009, he received a Bessie Award for his work with A Canary Torsi' Dark Horse/Black Forest.

Luke Miller studied dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has a Bessie Award in 2009 for his collaboration and performance in Dark Horse/Black Forest with Yanira Castro / a canary torsi, one of many collaborations with this ensemble. He is also currently a member of Susan Marshall & Co. and has danced for Martha Clarke, David Dorfman, Molissa Fenley, Keely Garfield, Neil Greenberg, Stephen Petronio and Sally Silvers, among others. Luke collaborates often with Quinndustry Collective, infusing performance and dance within the world of David Quinn's fashion. He teaches Movement for Actors at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU.

Sarah White-Ayón is an artist working across the disciplines of performance, dance, video, sculpture, sound and collage. Her work has been presented in the US at Roulette, Movement Research/Judson Church, School of Visual Arts' Visual Arts Gallery; The Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Dance on Camera, Kinetic Cinema; Triskelion Arts. In addition to her own work, she has performed and/or collaborated with Walter Dundervill, robbinschilds, Jennifer Monson, architect Angel Ayón and 3D photographer Gerald Marks, among others.

COLLABORATORS

Video Design 

Alex Romania is a multidisciplinary artist whose work delves into spaces of unimaginable cultural debris. Based in NYC, Romania has presented work and taught throughout the U.S. and abroad– most recently at Huerto Roma Verde (MX City), Human Resources (LA), Encuentro (Lima, Peru), UV Estudios (Buenos Aires, Argentina). As a performer, Romania has performed in works by Kathy Westwater, Catherine Galasso, Andy de Groat, Eddie Peake, Simone Forti, and Steve Paxton. Romania is pleased to be in residence at Abrons Arts Center presenting a new work, KLUTZ, in May 2018. alexromania.com

Sound Design Admanda Kobilka is an artist from MN based in NYC. As snoggybox, Ad composes and performs music for Gameboys, synths, samplers voice, and melodica. Ad was nominated in 2016 for a Bessie Award for Oustanding Music Compostion for their work in Jen Rosenblit's Clap Hands. In 2013, snoggybox released a cassette tape called (0+0) on Canada Goose Tapes. 

Costume 

Claire Fleury is a clothing and costume designer based in Brooklyn. She designs for Antonio Ramos, Coco Karol, Yackez!, Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, Laurie Anderson, John Spencer Blues Explosion, Susanne Bartsch and others. Her designs have been featured by Patricia Field in her store and for Art Basel Miami ‘16. Nightlife icon Susanne Bartsch has included Claire and her custom designs in her documentary ‘On Top’. www.clairefleury.com 

Dramaturgy 

David Drake is the Obie Award-winning playwright/performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, one of the longest-running solo shows in NY history. Published by Doubleday/Anchor Books, his play has received over 100 productions in ten countries, and was made into an award-winning feature film. As a stage director, David has twice been a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. With Taylor Mac, he directed the Under-the-Radar debut of The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac at The Public, as well as being one of the directors of the NY premiere of Taylor's Obie-winning The Lily's Revenge at HERE. Other NY directing credits include Rattlestick, IRT, Theatre for the New City, Joe's Pub, Fringe Festival (Outstanding Solo Award), Frigid Festival (Audience Award), and last season's premiere of J.Stephen Brantley's The Jamb at the Kraine. He has taught performance and playwriting at Abrons Arts Center in NY and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 

Set Design 

Sam Gassman is a visual artist living in New York City. His sculptures and jewelry designs are held in many American and international collections. He has an extensive background in making, selling and advising on the history of jewelry, architecture and decorative arts. Lighting Design Serena Wong is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Her designs have been seen at the Joyce, New York Live Arts, Danspace, REDCAT, and Jacob's Pillow. She is the lighting supervisor for Dorrance Dance and and enjoys beekeeping and breadbaking.

Risks and challenges

Working with seven dancers and seven amazing collaborators has been incredible. It also means that there are more people to compensate and they are worth every penny! We have been in creation of this show for the past year. It has been my commitment as a working dancer myself that each dancer and collaborator is also supported throughout the process of creating and showing Almodovar Dystopia. and creating in these times is crucial for the radical healing that our country so desperately needs. Being able to support the bodies that make the work possible is crucial for the execution of the piece. All proceeds will be going to my dancers, designers and collaborators – all fourteen of them!¡Ayudame por favor!

If we aren't able to make our goal of $18,000, I am going to go to jail. I will have to go and hide in Tijuana and then the FBI will add me to the most wanted list.

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    “Talk to Her” (2002)

    Personal Shout Out*
    Antonio will create a personalized, super sassy shout out via e-mail, FaceBook, or Instagram for YOU and YOU and only YOU.

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    “The Skin I Live In”(2011)

    Tony Tacone Paper Mask
    Antonio “MamaBear” Ramos wears many faces. His latest persona, TONY TACONE, can be yours as well. If you have ever wanted to skin Ramos and wear his face like a bear skin rug, opportunity is knocking. Hellooooooooo!!!

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    “The Flower of My Secret”(1995)

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    “All About my Mother’s Tota” (1999)

    MamaBear Ass Signed Tote Bag

    What Mother, or Abuela doesn’t carry around a few too many bags? Channel the ones who brought you into the world and honor their LOVE with this tote. You thought American Apparel went out of business? OH NO. Mama Bear has a secret stash and can't wait to autograph these totes by stamping them with her glittering butt cheeks. Sparkle what your Mama gave you!

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    “Live Flesh”(1997)

    Hot Flash Hand Fan

    ooooooooh SNAP! Featuring artwork by Video Artist Alex Romania, this is the perfect accessory to bring to any ESCÁNDALO dance performance where the not-so-subtle display of skin might get you hot and bothered.

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    “Bad Education” (2004)

    Dance Lesson for Two (NYC Only)

    Do you want to support Antonio AND learn how to move like a ballroom champion? Yes, of course you do. This gift gets you private Salsa lessons with Larissa Valez Jackson, downtown dance diva and ballroom master. It’s 2 for 1. You’re practically making money on this one.

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    “Women on the Verge...”(1988)

    Spa Day at Casa de la MamaBear

    You are mucho generous, truly beautiful to behold and deserve a day at the spa. MamaBear is gonna pamper you with a massage, her signature naked pancakes, a facial, and some homemade aroma-therapy.

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    "Kika"(1993)

    Have the infamous DJ LVJjay throw it down with her beats at your next Quinceañera Party, Bat Mitzvah or just a KIKAss Dance Party for your Home or Business!!! (NYC Only)
    Larissa Velez-Jackson, aka LVJjay, DJ's the music for your party, soiree or corporate event. She specializes in great sounds and rhythms that expands many decades and continents. Non-stop dance party finale Jazz/Blues/Classical/Int'l/Ambient/Electronic/R&B cocktail hour mixes are her specialty!!!!

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    “Law of Desire”(1986)

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    Wow! Your support is amazing. What can we ever do to repay you? What do you desire? WE hope it’s fame, cause you’re about to be a starring in an original, soon to be viral video, alongside Mamma Bear and her green screen antics. Break out the spandex, glitter, false eyelashes, wigs, sequins, g-strings, jewelry and makeup. MamaBear is gonna make you a famous, well…..social media famous.

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    “I’m So Excited” (2013)

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    YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! You are one of our true heros! YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! You support naked-dance in art, the art of nude-dance, dance-art in the buff, and this small statuette is the award you so justly deserve. Place this false idol next to your bed and it will only nod YAAAAAAASSSSSS to your every request.

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    “What Have I Done to Deserve This”(1984)

    Massage & Private Dinner for 2

    Antonio “Mamma Bear” Ramos will give you a world class massage while Celebrity Chef and Burlesque Star, Dame Cuchifrita, prepares a mouth watering dinner for you and a guest.

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    “High Heels” (1991)

    Constant Cuddle & Almodovar Movie Marathon

    You, a most generous patron of the Arts, are in for a date with Momma Bear where you will binge watch every damn thing Almodovar has every created. You will laugh and cry and cha cha cha with MamaBear. In addition, you will receive the bonanza Tota filled with all the goodies!!! Tony Tacone loves you!!!!

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