The Piñata Speaks

Dear Supporters,

Given the terrible violence and injustices against People of the Global Majority(aka POC) in our midst, it is even more important that we use the arts and our community connections to metabolize and transform our pain and rage into solution-based action. I can’t help but look at the Piñata for inspiration once again… as we are clearly smashing open the external facades, breaking open our hearts and tearing apart old paradigms- This is part of the re-evolution.  We are becoming human again. As much as it hurts, and as much work as its going to take personally, collectively and politically… I feel hopeful. Hopeful that the lives taken by the un-human police brutality in the U.S. and in Mexico, are finally, not completely in vain. It appears to me that these lives, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Andy Lopez, Ayotzinapa 43…with the support of community activism, are changing the way people think.  Many more people are finally waking up to the realities of racism and what white privilege is all about in the U.S. and the abuse of power in Mexico is directly related to corruption of US tactics over decades.  Thank you to all of the protesters who are putting their bodies on the front lines to stand, sit, sing, chant or lay down for what they believe in. And, of course to all those who have been fighting this fight for the last 500 years.

Dancing wings with Afia

Afia Walking Tree and Friends, Dec. 2014

Last Saturday, I performed on the stage with Afia Walking Tree & Friends at the Community Center in Sebastopol, Ca. 1 hour north of Oakland.  Before going on stage, I couldn’t talk to anyone, I only felt submerged in all of the anger and sadness and seriousness of life right now.  But when I got on stage with those hawk wings in my hands, I just went for it. I let them fly me and transform my negativity into power and strength.  I used the energy of my madness- the worlds madness- and danced, raged, stomped, pounced, shook, spun, sang and howled… we went wild and strong with the powerful beat of Afia’s drum.  Then, after a few more minutes, I took the mic and prayed for peace with my Navajo flute while Afia, Deb, Larissa and Marchelle played the drums.

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Meghan Ballog, Piñata Benefit Showing, May 2014

This is the time for artists to emerge like a phoenix out of the fire to transmute the sorrow into beauty. Or, as I have said of artists in the past, “we are the mushrooms (the immune system) of the planet, we absorb the toxins of the earth and turn it into medicine..into beauty”. Have you been paying attention to your artistry at this time? Have you found a way to express your rage in a good way? Artists are stronger and more needed right now, because the world needs our medicine…and its not about “who’s who” on stage anymore… its about change, resiliency and freedom for the earth and for her inhabitants. Consider scheduling a 1:1 Somatic Expressive Movement session with me.

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!FLACC! Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Oct. 2014

Thank you for supporting the Piñata Dance Collective in 2014.  I shared an amazing year with a lot of incredible artivists in the SF Bay Area and in Guadalajara, MX.  Our next Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers !FLACC! is finding its 2015 home.  So far, we have a deep embrace from the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in SF, the California Institute of Integral Studies and support from the Zellerbach Family Fund.

Click here to see a short bit of choreography from my recent class at Shawl Anderson: Amidst the chaos, there are dancers reading their hands…. (students: Ria DasGupta & Rinda Wardle)

Click here to connect to the DONATE page in support of Piñata Dance Collective this holiday season.

Con Amor y Paz, Liz

Guadalupe’s Angel- Liz Boubion 2009

Tickets on Sale for !FLACC!

My Friends, life is an amazing journey! When I went to Mexico last May to fulfill my residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal, 2 of my students told me they are forming a new company and wish to perform in SF and learn from me.  Turns out, Afia and I will be hosting Marlet and Victor (a dancer and a musician) in our home in October and I will be their mentor for their piece, “Metadonna”.  Their upcoming visit inspired me to invite 6 amazing choreographers to show work and create  1st Annual Latin American Contemporary Choreographers !FLACC!

Meet the artists…

See my video from Guadalajara

 

 

 

See my Video of microwaved Piñata Dances in Mexico!

Dear Community,

I’m so excited to premier Piñata Dance Collective ‘Guadalajara’ ! In this video, you get to see my improvised Piñata solo followed by some quick excerpts from the other movement installations I directed… It’s truly amazing what we cooked up in less than 2 weeks of classes and rehearsals!!   Because of its brief life-span, and to honor temporary art-forms, such as Piñata’s and Dance…I titled it “Temporario Contemporánea”: http://youtu.be/AE49JfniWs8 . Something about being a contemporary dancer in this day and age also requires us to work very fast with little resources. Time, I am finding is the most precious resource in making dances and our practice is grounded in the nature of impermanence. The installations you see after my solo are titled, “Piñata Trio”, “Palos”(sticks), “7 Pecados”(7 sins), “Inside-Out”(male duet) and “Colibri”(hummingbird) – all re-appropriations based off the metaphor and history of the Piñata. Imagine what I could do with 3 months! or a year! That is where funding comes into play …Read more about the philosophy of the Piñata Dance Collective

Since my visit to Mexico, I have been invited back to show my work in Puerta Vallarta, and possibly other venues in Guadalajara in 2015.  Also, I am hosting a couple of dancers visiting from Guadalajara soon,  at the Tamascal Art Center at the end of October.  Stay tuned for more information on that upcoming showcase.

Enjoy more images of the fabulous LOCAL Piñata cast by photographer Yvonne M. Portra on my website:-) no video for that one yet!

or click here to see the images if you have scrolled down this far! :-) http://ymportra.smugmug.com/Dance/Liz-Boubion-Pinata/n-LL9wk/

*Happy September holy days and scholastic initiations*

Love, Liz

Marco Polo

Marco Polo with Liz and Cuauhtemoc, photo credit Yvonne M. Portra

 

 

Come to my Friday Modern Classes at Shawl Anderson!

Photo Credit: Matt Haber

Photo Credit: Matt Haber

Dear Dancers, Click here to see entire post. I am sending out a reminder that I am teaching on-going Int./Adv. Modern Dance classes at Shawl Anderson every Friday 11:30am-1:00pm from now until eternity… ;-) I’m offering new choreography every few weeks so come out and dance with me!

**Also, for those of you who are less experienced, or who simply can’t make it on Friday’s but wish to learn from me, just contact me and let me know!  I do privates and I am also considering offering a couple more adult classes in Contact Improvisation and Modern Dance in another location.

**If you know any youngsters, I am teaching Modern Classes to the youth at Ah-Lan Chinese Dance Academy in El Cerrito in the Fall on Fridays at 3:30-4:30. Please contact them to sign up your child. The ages are from about 9-14.  I’ve been teaching at their beautiful studio this Summer and love it!

**This August 15-18, I will be accompanying Afia Walking Tree and teaching restorative movement for women at the California Alliance for Women (CAW) 2014 Summer Camp… if you wish to attend a magical weekend in nature, sign up here: http://www.ca4women.org/

Piñata Breakthrough: A Conversation with Liz Boubion for Dancers Group June Issue

Amigos, he regresado de Mexico!  I have returned!

While I was away, Dancers Group published this interview I did with Nirmala Nataraj in their June “InDance” issue.  I hope you enjoy it and please share widely! click here: http://dancersgroup.org/2014/06/pinata-breakthrough-conversation-liz-boubion/

Pyramid video

Click on Photo to see a quick dance on the top of the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan, near Mexico City.

Mexico: As you know, I had no idea what I was going to create in Mexico before I got to my residency with 360 Xochi Quetzal.  However, when I arrived to this beautiful land and culture, it was as if every step I took was meant to be (except when I twisted my ankle walking down the street in Mexico City at the end of my trip:-(…….But up until then, especially in Guadalajara and Lake Chapala, every person I met was divinely placed there so that I could realize my vision of teaching and choreographing.  Through the domino effect of introductions… I ended up meeting Ailyn Arelles who produced my site specific Piñata installation called “Temporario Contemporánea”  located at her amazing house in Guadalajara.  I also taught a 4-day dance workshop at the Cultural Art Center of Jalisco the largest dance studio in Guadalajara.

Here are the dancers, musicians and assistants who helped create 6 movement installations throughtout the space: Temporario Contemporanea(more photos to come!)

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Piñata Dance Collective is counting down!

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The Piñata Dance Collective is counting down to our show on Sunday May 4 and my residency in Mexico begins after my papa turns 80 next week!  Dale!

I have been working with the most generous and artistically engaged people for this Benefit on Sunday. I am hoping to reach my goal in order to give them a monetary offering, so if you can donate before our cut-off date on Monday, please do!

Here is the link to my Indiegogo campaign Help Liz Dance in Mexico!

Thank you to all of you who have already supported this journey~ See you at the show! It’s going to be amazing!

5/4 4pm Shawl Anderson Dance Center. $5-$50 sliding scale donation.

Muchisimas Gracias y Abrazos~

 

 

Celebrate with me this Sunday May 4, 4pm!

Hola quieridos y amores!

We have a few more days to prepare for the Benefit Piñata Dance Ritual this Sunday May 4 and wrap up the Indiegogo campaign by May 5!  There is still time for you to support the artists of the Piñata Dance Collective and my journey to 360 Xochi Quetzal! Check out the campaign video here: http://igg.me/at/Pinata360/x/6875443     

&    come to our delicious show this Sunday! https://www.facebook.com/events/1422754151311739/

You will be brought into an experimental taste of Piñata metaphores, and gifted with a culturally diverse offering of dance and music celebrating and honoring the rich history of our beloved Piñata. 

Tickets are $5- $50 sliding scale. Purchase at the door by cash, check or credit card.

To listen to my radio interview on La Raza Chronicles KPFA 94.1FM click here! https://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/102177 (I’m toward the end, 48 min. into it. :-)

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Liz’s Piñata News Updates

Dear community,

I am so grateful for those of you who have contributed to our upcoming Piñata Dance Collective Benefit and my month-long residency in Mexico. Support Liz’s fundraising campaign on Indiegogo! http://igg.me/at/Pinata360/x/6875443 I want you to know that I have only 2 weeks left to reach my goal and still $2400 left to raise.  I think we can do it!!!  Please consider offering even $1 to the cause… ALL contributions count and they help build recognition especially if you us the Share tools!

Speaking of recognition… listen to my interview on La Raza Chronicles with Nina Serrano on KPFA 94.1FM  this Tuesday April 22nd at 7pm!  https://www.kpfa.org/la-raza-chronicles

More great news! In addition to our May 4th showing at Shawl Anderson, I am simultaneously choreographing a Piñata dance for Cal State East Bay’s Inclusive Interdisciplinary Dance Ensemble to be performed on May 9, 10 at CSUEB Hayward.  I have a group of 7 students all from different departments, some of whom have never taken dance classes before.   I’ve been asking them questions like what do you want to breakthrough or release in your life right now? Given the history of the Piñata, how can we use its metaphors of creation, destruction and regeneration to support our personal life themes of loss of loved ones, body image, heart break, and cultural identity?  These are some of the themes they are working with and it is an honor to offer an art-based container that provides the community and self-reflection they need, as well as, the embodiment and creative release of trauma.

Also, note, there is one more TEMENOS mini-workshop for women on May 3rd 1-4pm at Monkey Yoga Shala in Oakland.  The groups have been regenerative and very powerful so far and I look forward to our last meeting before I take off for Mexico.  Please rsvp at chuprosadancing@gmail.com

If you are interested in dance classes, I am teaching Beg.II/Int. Modern Dance on Monday mornings 10am-11:30 until May 5th.  ***Then the class will end due to a new youth summer dance schedule.
However, I will still be teaching on-going Int./Adv. Modern Dance on Fridays 11:30-1pm now and when I return from Mexico. (I’m away May 9-June 9 ) Click here for Liz’s on-going dance classes at Shawl Anderson: http://lizboubion.org/?page_id=544

You’re Invited to the Benefit Piñata Dance Ritual on Sunday, May 4, 4pm!

Click here to register for TEMENOS with Liz on May 3rd! http://lizboubion.org/?page_id=502

Diana Lara, Liz Boubion, Topp Flash Photography

27 days left! Consider Supporting my Residency in Mexico

Dear Community,

Dale Dale Dale! (Hit it!) Check out my first Indiegogo VIDEO! http://igg.me/at/Pinata360/x/6875443  “Help Liz Dance in Mexico!” Is a campaign to raise funds for my month-long Residency in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico and to support the Piñata Dance Collective artists in my upcoming Benefit concert. Your support will be greatly appreciated!

To read more, scroll down or click here: http://igg.me/at/Pinata360/x/6875443 

You are also invited to a BENEFIT PIÑATA DANCE RITUAL on May 4, 4pm at Shawl Anderson Dance Center. I am featuring 9 incredible dancers and musicians who will show previews of my next piece and take the audience on a visual and musical journey revealing the history and metaphors of La Piñata. Piñata Dance Collective explores identity, impermanence and sustainability through the arts. Press Join and Share on Facebook! Benefit Piñata Celebration for Liz and PDC: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422754151311739/?ref=br_tf

Performers on May 4: Choreographed and Directed by Liz Boubion

Aztec dance: Cuauhtemoc Mitote Peranda

Chinese traditional dance: Katherine He of Fei Tien Dancers

Contemporary dance: Dominique Nigro, Jeanette Male, Sophie Stanley, Bricine Mitchell, Rebeca Sanchez, Liz Boubion

Musical accompaniment by Afia Walking Tree, Bricine Mitchell, and Regina Wells

Improvisation: Whole cast

Tickets are $5-$50 sliding scale.

Also, great news! I will be on KPFA 94.1 “La Raza Chronicles” in an interview with Nina Serrano on April 22nd!  I shared the information about the Residency in Mexico, the Benefit at Shawl Anderson and got to read an original poem called “Piñata Solo” Stay tuned!:-)

As you may have heard, I have been accepted to a reputable month-long artist residency called “360 Xochi Quetzal” in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico this coming May 2014.  It is typically given to writers and visual artists and I am their very first choreographer chosen among 160 applicants internationally!

This is a huge honor and so exciting for me because it will be the first time I will be able to visit Mexico, the country belonging to half of my ethnic heritage. This is the beginning of my cultural exchange with Mexica artists and healers in Mexico and a chance to deepen my relationship to myself through “Ancestral Land Sensing”. My plan is to dance, play my flute and commune in Chapala and Guadalajara for 3 weeks, and then dance and explore in Mexico City for a week.

With your help, I will:

  • Expand the  Dance Collective internationally

  • I will research and document site specific dances in pre-hispanic locations

  • Continue to develop my artistry which builds community, educates & innovates.

  • Pay the 9 artists performing for my residency benefit concert on Sunday, May 4th, 4pm. See FaceBook Page:  Benefit Piñata Celebration for PDC and Liz.

What I am asking for:

360 Xochi Quetzal is generously providing me free lodging and a food stipend in Chapala, MX and I am hoping to raise $3600 for the following items:

$700- Pay Artists who are generously donating their time to my project. Please come to my upcoming Mexico residency “Send Off” – an informal Piñata Celebration and Benefit Concert with 9 incredible dancers and musicians! Sunday, May 4, 4pm @ Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley.

$550- My flight expenses to Guadalajara and to Mexico City.

$1750-A new company Computer, Ipad and tripod to document my work and give PDC the upgrade we desperately need.

$600- Take dance classes for a month, buses, museums and pay for lodging for 9 days in Mexico City in June.

Thank you for your generosity* Any amount will help!

Even if you donate $5… or simply press SHARE.

Also, please come see me off on Sunday May 4, 4pm!  

DONATE

Lake Chapala, MX

Lake Chapala, MX

Liz Boubion’s March Piñata News

Clay vessel with feathers- Hawk, vulture, turkey and pheasant.  By Liz Boubion and Sculptor, Meryl Juniper

Clay vessel with feathers- Hawk, vulture, turkey and pheasant. By Liz Boubion and Sculptor, Meryl Juniper

BRAVISIMA!!! I WAS ACCEPTED out of 160 international applicants for a month-long Spring residency in Mexico called 360 XOCHI QUETZAL.  !*!*!   Come share my excitement by participating in a re-interpreted Piñata ritual to send me off in style! See new choreography, improvisational scores and excerpts of Piñata Dances on May 4, 4pm at Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, Ca.

Tickets are $5-50+sliding scale at the door- Donations will help fund my travel expenses, new video technology to document and edit my work, pay collaborators of the Piñata Dance Collective. and my rent in Oakland while I am not working in the U.S.  Please see my Donations page and more details if you are able to donate today!

***My goal is to raise $4000 (its tax deductible through my fiscal sponsor). Muchisimas Gracias para su generosidad~

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DSC00963TEMENOS has begun! A Movement Practice for Women Identified people (transgendered people welcome).

(“Temenos” is a Greek word C.J. Jung used to describe a safe and sacred space to explore the unconscious and create.)

We had a beautiful first session carving out time and space to drop into the body, play and connect with interdisciplinary art forms in a community of women.  This work is based on the Tamalpa Life-Art Process, Somatics, and Mindfulness practices. ***No experience necessary ***Class is donation based See More…

There are 2 more classes left before I leave for Mexico, and they are filling up, so please register today! or JOIN TEMENOS on FaceBook

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Intermediate/Advanced Modern Technique 2 for 1 Special continues!  Take advantage of the 2-1 special for 2 more weeks! We are having a blast every Friday morning at 11:30am-1pm at Shawl Anderson in Berkeley! The class is starting to feel solid and robust with returning regulars !          Vamanos!

See details…

 

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March 6, 7:30pm Curated Creative Celebrationsby Laura Inserra and Samavesha... This event “Creative Celebrations Show” will promise to be a musical feast with inspiring multi-genre exhibitions.  I will be dancing a 5 minute solo in the path of the Labyrinth with accompaniment by Laura Inserra on the Hang with dream-like meditative melodies. ***Pay by Donation***

This is a fundraising show to support the 4th annual Art in Nature Festival in the Oakland Regional Park steam trail in October.