Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My Ass
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Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My Ass

Performers in mesh shorts and shirts entangled in one another, one holding a fan.
Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My Ass. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Walker Commission

“A dense, audacious and wickedly funny work that … contains multitudes and unflinchingly bears their weight.” —New York Times

Movement artist Miguel Gutierrez’s second Walker commission provocatively investigates identity politics, Latinx clichés, and Western concepts of form, drawing from (in part) the influences of the groundbreaking 1981 feminist anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Gutierrez and five diverse Latinx performers amplify stereotypes to move past respectability politics within an unstable environment of bodies, light, sound, and text (in Spanish, with surtitles). The chaotic, playfully erotic production concludes with an over-the-top version of an absurdist telenovela.

Contains nudity and sexual content. Please note: there is no late seating.
Program length: 90 minutes.

On Thursday, join the artists for a meet and greet in the Cityview Bar after the performance. On Friday, stay for a Q&A with the artist.

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  • Commissioned by the Walker Art Center. This work is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project created in partnership with Walker Art Center, Bates Dance Festival, the Chocolate Factory Theater, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, and NPN. This project is also made possible in part by support from the NPN Artist Engagement Fund. Additional commissioning support provided by Centre National de la Danse (Pantin) and Montpellier Danse (Montpellier).