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Piñata 45: The End of Her Rope

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A woman dangles at the end of her rope in an historically suspended tale of Piñatas, Miss Universe and the fatal body politics of the feminine. Joined by her dynamic cast of grotesque-burlesque modern dancers, the PussyFleet ensemble moves through 500 years of re-appropriated rituals that involve breaking open, over-consumption, body manipulation and a re-framing of sex, race and power.

Piñata 45: The End of Her Rope 

Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th Street, San Francisco 

Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm

Tickets $20    

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Piñata 45”, a sarcastic reference to the president, as well as, to the dance company, is a breakable subject. While the former owner of Miss Universe and accused perpetrator of sexual harassment and domestic violence sits in the white house, the number of women speaking out against violence is rising.  For the Piñata Dance Collective, the body becomes a site and process of showing how resilient and fragile the body of the feminine can be.

The show moves in three parts with dancers, Liz Duran Boubion, Issachar Curbeeon, Ronja Ver, Andreina Maldonado, Kristen Rulifson, Dominique Nigro, Alyah Baker and live music by Chelsea Kirby.

Part I, Ms. Boubion’s personification of a human piñata hanging from a bungee cord, tells a tragic yet triumphant story of a tenacious piñata with the compensatory survival skills of innocence, generosity, humor and beauty. As a 2nd generation Chicana and survivor of sexual abuse, she dances with her blindfolded dancers with bouts of cultural dementia, erotic outbursts and broken English and Spanish.  Bouncing between the trappings of exploitation and exaltation, her super powers of animal shape shifting and rapid proliferation may triumph. Co-directed by Zoe Klein.

Part II: Miss Universe.  A choreographed memorial of beauty contestants dance on a mirror, highlighting the commodification and manipulation of women’s bodies contextualized by cosmetic surgery, suicide, sexual harassment and domestic violence. The Pageant includes the story of “Zinzi” written and performed by Issachar Curbeeon and dancer Alyah Baker, reflecting on racism in the mirror of an African American girl with body dysmorphia.  Dancer, Ronja Ver performs a piece about Ivana Trump as it relates to her own insights into domestic violence. And the story of Miss Venezuela is danced by Andreina Maldonado exposing the shadow of cosmetic surgery and a repressive government regime.

Part III: #DontGrab. A response to trump’s ‘grab her by the pussy’ conversation that went viral in 2016. The first iteration of this dance was performed by Boubion’s PussyFleet dancers last November during the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers and will be developed further in Piñata 45: The End of Her Rope. Musical composition by David Molina.

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