[WORLD PREMIERE] Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers: El pueblo de los Olvidados (The Village of the Forgotten), Part 2


 

Co-Commissioned and Co-Presented by Abrons Arts Center and The Chocolate Factory Theater.

Performances will take place at The Chocolate Factory Theater. Part 1 of El pueblo de los Olvidados will premiere in the Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center in Spring 2020.

Download the show program here.

El pueblo de los Olvidados, Parte II (The Village of the Forgotten, Part II) is a dance-theater performance in the genre of science-fiction, prompted by Ramos’s research about Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The narrative concerns the protagonist, Tony Tacón, returning to his native planet to discover the metamorphosis of the land and its gender, attacked and altered by a different breed. As if under a moribund spell, the entire country appears devastated after years of suffering under the colonization by the alien species, GREENGOO. Unbeknownst to the native population, the purpose of this invasion is transforming the nation into an intergalactic tropical resort for alien investors while making it inaccessible to the natives. GREENGOO’s efforts further complicate matters as they plant invasive species to take over the nation by destroying its natural habitat. The infusion of alien flora and fauna gives rise to a new, diverse, trans-sexual species with multiple mammary and sexual organs.

Seeing his nation under this capitalist veil and contemplating the revolutionary potential of this new native breed, Tony Tacón works to come up with a way of awaking the consciousness of the newly created species. Magic herbs bouquets, exotic armory – high heels, wigs, glitter – some very exciting infusions, somersaults and lots and lots of queerness will guide our way out of this filthy hole.

The construct of this newly devised work is allegorical, referencing the gringo invasion of Ramos’s native land, and the diasporic dilemma of existing as an artist outside of the island. El pueblo de los Olvidados, Parte II explores themes of colonization, its power, and the rampant abuse of it.

Created by Antonio Ramos in collaboration with Luke MillerAngie PittmanAlex RomaniaSarah White-AyónRebecca WenderDarrin Wright, and other special guests. Music by Kevin Bud Jones. Costumes by Claire Fleury. Video / Objects Design: Alex Romania.


ABOUT

Antonio Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he trained in jazz, salsa and African dance. He later received a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Antonio began his career, performing with Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Concierto and Ballet Municipal (PR). His choreography has been produced at Hostos College; The Kitchen; New York Live Arts; Dance Theater Workshop; SUNY Purchase; BAAD!; Dixon Place,; P.S. 122; Joe’s Pub; Danspace Project; Lexington Center for the Arts NY; DanceNow Downtown; Princeton University; Movement Research; BAX; Galapagos Art and Performance Space; Williamsburg Art Nexus; Fringe Festival 2000 at Theatre La Chappelle; The Painted Bride; Cornell University; and CPR. Recently, he presented work at the American Realness Festival at the Abrons Arts Center, and was commissioned to present the world premiere of his latest work Almodovar Dystopia at Dixon Place in Manhattan. Antonio is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Zero Balancing and Watsu Practitioner and a certified instructor-practitioner in The Feldenkrais Method.


FUNDING

The creation of El pueblo de los Olvidados is supported by the Watershed Laboratory at Mount Tremper Arts, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange), BAC (Brooklyn Arts Council) and other private sponsors.