59. Octavio Campos
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Dance theater accompaniment to the film Blue by Derek Jarman
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59. Octavio Campos
Octavio Campos is not dead. The Miami-born, Cuban-American multi-disciplinary artist has been quiet for a while, but now the boundary-breaker is set to unleash two new projects on us -- involving a motley assortment of characters from mermaids to porn stars -- that he promises will challenge our media culture and assumptions of gender and politics. Yep, he's definitely alive.
Known for his subversive theatrical performances, Campos's fearless and
untamed work deconstructs the status quo and repositions the taboo in
the spotlight. Over the past 25 years, Campos has collaborated as a
dancer, performance provocateur, arts advocate, LGBT activist, educator,
and choreographer in theater, dance, music, television, and film. He
studied dance and composition at the State University of New York at
Purchase, the Martha Graham School, and the Folkwang Schule of Pina
Bausch in Germany, where he decided to stay and perform for a number of
After returning to Miami, he founded the interdisciplinary performance
ensemble Camposition. Fortunately for the
creative flowering of Miami, Campos has influenced the next generation
of performance artists through master classes and workshops worldwide,
including at the New World School of the Arts, the Florida Dance
Festival, and the Broward Correctional Institute for Women.
1. List five things that inspire you.
2. What was your last big project?
1,000 Homosexuals, a comedy that I produced based on the 1970s Anita
Bryant crusade against gay civil rights in Miami-Dade County.
3. What's your next big project?
There are two brewing right now: Mermaids, Porn Stars, and Pigs is a one
man show with guests that looks at "POPlitics" and how the media
influences our world; and Please Don't Hate Me, a series of
transdisciplinary performance interventions and social experiments to
promote acceptance -- not intolerance -- and to encourage everybody to
look for the heroes within themselves, and to fight for equal rights
creating a catalyst for social change.
4. Why do you do what you do?
I love to inspire others and make people laugh with my point of view on
life. My favorite quote is, "Life has more imagination than we dream,"
from Christopher Columbus. I believe we must engage and devour life and
the world before it eats us.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
Octavio Campos and Camposition are not dead! Although I haven't produced
any work in the past couple of years, I am back and ready to take
creative risks again.
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
I am secretly in love with my neighbor and Grand Dame of Miami, Judy Drucker.
--Neil de la Flor of artburstmiami.com
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66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow
73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar
90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
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98. Rosie Herrera
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