Las Pistoleras Presents Symbolic Sacrifice and Subversive Chicano Rhetoric

By: Bill Whaley
30 January, 2019

Legendary MacArthur Fellow To Appear

Gomez-Peña Performance Feb. 1, 2019

Press Release

(See Dr. Theresa (Tessa) Córdova, Phone 575-779-0445 for reservations)

Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Balitronica to Perform in El Prado

Spend “An Evening with Guillermo Gomez-Peña with Cameos by Balitronica Gomez-Peña” at 7:30 p.m. Friday February 1, 2019 at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte, 1219 Paseo del Pueblo Note in El Prado…and you will emerge shaken and stirred.

Performance artist, writer, activist and director of La Pocha Nostra Theater Troupe, Guillermo Gomez-Peña takes his radical, thought-provoking educational ideas to international venues. Born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. in 1978, the progenitor of US/Mexico Relations, Gomez-Peña uses performing arts, the twelve books he authored and artwork to present subversive message on cultural and gender diversity, border culture and its relations between Mexico and the United States.

The performance and visual artist earned the following awards: Mac Arthur Fellow; Bessie and American Book Award; Senior Fellow in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics; Samuel Hoi Fellow (USA Artists); Eureka Fellowship (Fleishhacker Foundation); and Patron for the London-based Live Art Development Agency. He contributes to newspapers and magazines; Guillermo edits The Drama Review (New York) and Live Art Almanac (United Kingdom).

Co-performer Balitronica Gomez-Peña, poet, performance artist and a radical pedagogue, grew up on the U.S. border of San Diego and Tijuana. Balitronica  and her husband Guillermo divide their time between the U.S. and Mexico.  Balitronica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature at San Diego State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Performance Poetry from Mills College.  The core member of La Pocha Nuestra Theater Troupe, she credits much of the influence in her work to her time spent in a 17thcentury Catholic Convent in Paris with Dominican nuns.  Her roles within the troupe vary, depending on the topic and items offered at the time of the presentation.  

The evening of February 1stremains shrouded in misty apprehension.

Advanced reserved ticket sales are required to insure entry, as tickets cost $25 per person and are limited.  Doors open at 7:00 p. m.;  the performance occurs at 7:30 p. m.  Guillermo Gomez-Peña plans to offer rare collectible books and audio art for sale.  

For reservations, call (575) 779-0445.