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Miguel Gutierrez

This Bridge Called My Ass

Choreographer Miguel Gutierrez plays on the title of a seminal anthology of feminist essays for this provocative work that explores clichés of queerness and cultural identity.

In This Bridge Called My Ass, Gutierrez and five Latinx collaborators perform an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse actions. Melodramatic tropes from Latin American songs and telenovelas are exploited within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, light, and sound to show how familiar cultural structures contain absurdities that both reveal and celebrate difference.

A personal influence on Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Back is a 1981 anthology of third-wave feminist essays by women of color that explores identity and critiques white feminism. As underlined by this thought-provoking performance, its insistence on intersectional awareness and political resistance is eerily relevant today.

At the artist’s request, a limited number of $5.00 tickets are available per show for low income PoC audience members. Please use BRIDGE for this discount at time of purchase. One discounted ticket max per purchase.

"A dense, audacious and wickedly funny work that…contains multitudes and unflinchingly bears their weight."
NEW YORK TIMES
Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass, photo: Ian Douglas

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass, photo: Ian Douglas

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass, photo: Ian Douglas

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass, photo: Ian Douglas

This Bridge Called My Ass is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Chocolate Factory Theater, the Wexner Center, Bates Dance Festival, Walker Art Center, and NPN. For more information www.npnweb.org.

The Wexner Center is a partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

THIS PRESENTATION MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
Huntington Bank
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation
National Performance Network

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