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Interview with George Emilio Sánchez (2016)

Interview with George Emilio Sánchez (2016) HIDVL
In this conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, performance artist George Emilio Sánchez discusses the evolution of EmergeNYC, a program located in the Hemispheric Institute that nurtures young voices at the intersection of art and activism. At the core, Sánchez' work is "theater of the oppressed", combining pedagogy and performance. For Sánchez, the process of creating is more important than the outcome. How can the artist question their identity and existence in a way that challenges them to think critically? How does the process of creating fulfill the very purpose of performance art? At EmergeNYC, Sánchez takes students from a safe space to a brave space, ensuring a collective journey where everyone will be challenged in a variety of ways. They go on to talk about the inherent “trigger” of being an artist, their alumni network of community artists, and the debate over identity politics just days after the 2016 election.


"George Emilio Sanchez is a writer, performance artist and social justice activist. He was born in Los Angeles, raised in Orange County, California, and became a New York transplant in 1978. He began making original pieces in 1992 and has continued making performance work and social justice projects to this day. He is currently in the process of crafting a new performance series titled “Performing the Constitution.” The first installment of the series, titled XIV, will premiere at Dixon Place in June 2019. George has been the Performance Director of EMERGENYC under the umbrella of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics since 2008. This three-month program works with cohorts of 16-20 national and international participants to explore the intersection of arts and activism. This work melds autobiography and history in a performance that gives a narrative to the injustices racialized communities face as they fight for “equal protection of the laws.” Sanchez also teaches performance and arts education at the College of the Staten Island/City University of New York. He is a Professor in the Performing and Creative Arts Department where he served as the chairperson for 12 years."


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Additional Info

  • TItle: Interview with George Emilio Sánchez
  • Date: November 28, 2016
  • Location: (Hemi Office) New York, New York
  • Interviewee: George Emilio Sánchez
  • Interviewer: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio
  • Duration: 0:39:39
  • Language: English