Un Poyo Rojo
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About the Show
Two men stand side-by-side inside a locker room. The tension between them is palpable. This is theater, but there’s very little dialogue, just the sound of their bodies and the found noises of a portable radio. Instead, we are drawn into their primal language, a physical communication which intensifies throughout the show.
Mining multiple expressive forms—dance, athletic competition, clowning, martial arts, acrobatics, body percussion, mime, cockfighting, and more—Un Poyo Rojo probes the boundaries of bodily and spiritual interaction between individuals. It’s a provocation, an invitation for us to laugh at ourselves and, at the same time, to accept ourselves entirely.
The performance on September 21 at 8pm will be Audio Described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.
Creative and Production Team
Artistic direction Hermes Gaido With Nicolás Poggi, Luciano Rosso, a portable radio Choreography Luciano Rosso and Nicolás Poggi Production Jonathan Zak and Maxime Seuge
A Brief History of Un Poyo Rojo
Un Poyo Rojo started in 2008 when two performers were creating an act for a variety show in the Centro Cultural Laboratorio in Buenos Aires. Its initial creators, Luciano Rosso and Nicolás Poggi put together a duet with small comic touches in order to find ways within movement to show different relationships between two men, using elements of dance and also theater.
This duet came out of different movement proposals which mixed high impact contemporary partner work with duo sequences. After presenting the piece for the first time, the opportunity came up to perform the piece in many other spaces in the city of Buenos Aires. In April 2008, they were selected to participate in the “Ciudanza” festival which takes place in urban spaces around the city and with the collaboration of Hermes Gaido, the current director of the company, they recreated the piece.
In April 2010, they debuted a 45 minute long piece in the Espacio Cultural Pata de Ganso in Buenos Aires and received a highly positive reaction from the audience. Then with the full-length version of the play, they were selected by Spain’s Network of Alternative Theatres to tour three cities (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) as part of the Network’s 1st Latin American Circuit during the month of November in 2010. In 2011 they resumed performances in Buenos Aires with Alfonso Barón replacing Poggi, completing three sell-out seasons and continuing to tour various provinces in Argentina during 2012 and 2013. The show has now been running for more than ten years, with more than 2,000 performances, and for this performance, Nicolás Poggi returns to the stage.
About the Artists
Hermes Gaido: Stage director and graduate of the Buenos Aires Art Academy, where he studied with Alejandro Saenz, Eduardo Gondell and Paco Redondo. Between 1989 and 2008, he participated in 14 theatre, film and dance projects, touring Brazil, Holland, Korea, Syria, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama and Peru. In 2009, he directed for theatre and music company URRAKA together with Luciano Rosso.
Luciano Rosso: Trained in five modes of dance, Rosso is a true star in his native country. His YouTube channel, filled with lip-synch videos, has millions of views. He has worked in film and theater as a dancer and choreographer and danced on television in El Show de Videomatch, Operación Triunfo and Los Roldán, all for Telefe signal. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a teacher of Scenic Experimentation in Movement and Body Percussion at the Cultural Center ‘Laburatorio’ in San Fernando.
Nicolás Poggi: Dancer, teacher and choreographer, he studied sculpture and theatre at IUPA and contemporary dance at Bahía Blanca, improving his talent in the atelier of Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires, where he works as an assistant. He has danced with various companies in his native country. His creations include Afuera, Infiltrados, Mute, Transformer, Monte, El bobo and Tualet, in addition to Un Poyo Rojo.
Join us at 4pm on Friday, September 20 at Cherry Street Pier at the Fringe Festival Bookstore where Happy Hour on the Fringe, the FringeArts podcast, will record live with Luciano Rosso and Nicolás Poggi of Un Poyo Rojo to discuss the creation of the work, moderated by Zach Blackwood (FringeArts Artistic Producer). RSVP here.
On the FringeArts Blog, read our interview with director Hermes Gaido.
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