La Pocha Nostra

La Pocha Nostra is a troupe of performance artists founded by Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes.  They have been performing around the world together for 15 years.  They rock.

I met Guillermo Gomez-Pena one night after seeing him perform at the Lab in SF.  He did one action where members of the audience came on stage and held a rifle to different parts of his body.  I held the rifle into his mouth while he was on his knees.  I was so blown away and inspired.  I told him that I wanted to be a performance artist and I wanted to learn from him.  He said, “Ok”, after giving me an intense, cock-browed stare and said he would pass my number onto his people and they would call me soon to do a performance.  After a few days, I went by his office to make sure they had my number.  They did and within a week they called me to perform with La Pocha Nostra at the De Young Museum.  And so it began.

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