For Octavio Campos, life not only imitates art, but art is a call to action. Campos is a preeminent Miami personality - as a performance artist, dancer, choreographer, activist, and provocateur. This weekend, at the Miami Made festival presented by the Arsht Center Incubator in collaboration with the Miami Light Project Here & Now Festival, Campos invites the audience to test out their "actionist" muscle.
In his piece "No Music in This House," which is a work in progress and the latest installment of his larger work, Please Don't Hate Me!, issues of intolerance will be addressed and the audience will be transformed into agents of social change.
Please Don't Hate Me! is in partnership with the Switchboard of Miami,
Miami's 24-hour information, referral, and social crisis helpline (dial
211). Tolerance and hope were at the core of Campos's inspiration for
this collection of "cultural interventions, social experiments, and
"I was just tired of being called a faggot on Miami Beach, still to this
day," Campos says about the impetus for the work, "and all the recent
suicides by teens." He offers a timely and important message in this
piece. "Being different can be a good thing, but it doesn't always feel
good. Who do you call when you need help? Who can you trust?"
Writer, pianist, and performance artist Bill Spring will join Campos
onstage and tackle the confounding issue of same-sex domestic violence.
The audience will be pushed and challenged to navigate the "seemingly
simple question -- what would I do?"
Campos is no stranger to challenging audiences. He is the founding artistic director of Camposition, an
iconoclastic arts organization that pushes the boundaries of
contemporary performance and "actionism." He studied dance and
composition at the State University of New York at Purchase and the
Folkwang Tanzstudio of Pina Bausch in Germany.
He has collaborated with
countless dance, theater, and music luminaries, including Robert Wilson,
Martha Graham, Birgitta Trommler, Philip Glass, Jorge Guerra, Vivienne
Newport, and currently with rising star Rosie Herrera. He has taught
master classes and workshops worldwide, most especially at the New World
School of the Arts.
Camposition's works and programs have been
supported by the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, the National
Performance Network, Creative Capital, the Kennedy Center, and National
Endowment for the Arts.
Please Don't Hate Me! takes the stage at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday on the
Carnival Studio Theater; the Miami Made Weekend runs Friday through
Sunday at the Carnival Studio and Peacock Foundation Studio in the Ziff
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Ballet opera House at the Arsht Center. Events are free -- subject to
availability. A $35 VIP festival pass is available for guaranteed
seating to all events; arshtcenter.org.
--Tiffany Hanan Madera of artburstmiami.com