Mahagonny, a play based on the work of Bertolt Brecht. Directed by Jose Manuel Dominguez, music by Juan Carlos Espinosa.
The Miami Herald. December 2, 2012
Where have all the antiheroes gone? Knight Arts Blog, December 7, 2012
Xavier and I had an opportunity to share our work with members of the local community on July 12 at the White Mountain National Forest headquarters in Campton, New Hampshire. I was pleased by the number of people who showed up and by their interest in what we are doing as part of the WMNF artists-in-residence program. I presented a sampling of my work, focusing on pieces created or inspired by residencies and my collaboration with Xavier.
By HOLLY RAMER
The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — If a tree falls in the White Mountain National Forest this month, it could be seen — and heard — far beyond New Hampshire.
Artist Xavier Cortada and composer Juan Carlos Espinosa drove from Miami to New Hampshire last week to begin a monthlong artist-in-residence program based in the forest. The program, in its second year, is a collaboration between the forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.
“It’s really about using art to help people understand the forest,” said Frumie Selchen, the alliance’s executive director. MORE
White Mountain National Forest is located in New Hampshire ( a small piece juts into Maine). Xavier and I were awarded a residency to create new work during the month of July. In addition to our individual responses to the forest, he and I will create at least one collaborative project. The artist residency is a collaboration of the White Mountain National Forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. For more information about the residency, please scroll down or please visit: http://aannh.org I plan to create six site-specific soundscapes that will then be available on the project blog as things progress. I also have other plans in the works Blog: White Mountain Trail Mix.
I heard his paintings before I got close enough to see them. I have been writing a string quartet inspired by his work for the last few months. The piece is shaped by my strong synesthetic response to his very intense work. I am revising a couple of sections and hope to have it done by September.
Anicca – अनिच्चा
I put together this piece, Anicca, on the occasion of my friend April Dolkar’s visit to Miami last week. The sound collage weaves fragments of a conversation we had about her work, Tibetan Buddhism, as well as reminiscences of he late 1980s in Miami. I literally stitched this together in a couple of hours and will be gong back to trim and polish. April now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand painting and working to support Tibetan culture and identity.
Text, Choreography & Performance: Octavio Campos
Original Music: Juan Carlos Espinosa
Music: Gershwin, Spolinski, Mr. Rogers, Celia Cruz, DJ Muller, a.o…
Costumes: Slick It Up
Direct from Miami – Florida USA, renowned Cuban/American performance provocateur and dance theatre artist, Octavio Campos, makes his Australian debut with THE PIG SHOW. His sojourn in Melbourne sees him in a rare series of only 4 performances in the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
The Pig Show is a subversive cabaret performance with song, dance and storytelling.
It is also a celebration of Freedom, through the eyes of a Gay Pig stuck in a twisted story of the 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion. This interactive socio-political work looks at religion, GLBTQ issues and Cuban culture all blended together with humor and social experiments. The audience will be invited to participate and along the way offered staples of Cuban life such as Cuban coffee and plantain chips.
Fresh from a guest teaching position at NIDA in Sydney, in Melbourne he’ll be a guest cultural exchange artist as part of Punctum’s In-Habit International arts research program, and will be undertaking further research and conducting workshops at the Abbotsford Convent.
Octavio can also be seen in pop up performances throughout Melbourne, and will be conducting workshops for artists and performance makers prior to his opening in The Fringe Festival.
Warning: The Pig Show contains nudity and language