Trasnocheo

The Trasnocheo series offers a late night performance venue for emerging and established artists to present short works or works in progress.  The cabaret style creates a more relaxed atmosphere that encourages participation and experimentation. The 2014 Trasnocheo took place at La Sala Rossa*, Phi Center, and The Rialto Theater in Montreal.

*Due to the lack of wheelchair accessibility of La Sala Rossa, an intervention was staged to highlight the issue. See #IAMCHAIR

The end of the world is the canvas for the new in 2050 Legacy’s piece Catalyst. Through a ritual of music, drums, movement and spoken word, 2050 Legacy lays old worlds to rest and paints the…

2050 Legacy

Feeding the Children is a recollection of memories from Texas and New York. Inspired by the torta and churro ladies found outside clubs and bars frequented by queer Latin@s, Lady Quesa’Dilla embarks on a personal journey…

Alejandro Rodríguez

Guizo LaNuit is a character who melds genderfuck, troubadour traditions with an ironic, socially conscious black humour.

Alexis O'Hara

Tanya Crack finds herself in a nightmare; a world greedy and on the verge of destruction, yet its civilians are told to keep calm and carry on. Where those seeking the proliferation of truth and justice…

An Thorne

In a night of Trasnocheo tributes to our beloved comrade José Esteban Muñoz, I was honored to bring out my inner (and not so inner) cabaret queen. José had many gifts; one of them was for…

Ann Pellegrini

Negrita, Mi Luz is a poetic experiment in transpolitical dissidence that uses the site of the body as radicalized potential of queer love and politics. Initially written on the coffee table of Guillermo Gómez-Peña, this piece…

Brittany Chávez

Death to the Law recites and sings a cabaret protest against the laws of capital and social control. It focuses specifically on the Hinzpeter Law, which criminalizes social protest, and the Longueira Law, which divvied up…

Canción de la Nueva Trava

Everyone begins life somewhere and Little Trickster appeared once too--marvelling at the world with the same eyes as every child. This new work follows Little Trickster in infancy and sees them beginning the step off into…

Canon Cook

Carmelita Tropicana, the outré national songbird of Cuba, and Pingalito Betancourt, philosopher of the hoi polloi, join forces in Manifest Destino to conjure the queer feminist voices that rise from the writings of Sor Juana, Valerie…

Carmelita Tropicana

Am I walking alone on the beach of life? Can I see the helpers' footprints next to mine? Are these heels right? Footprints in the Sand II: Makeover queers a religious meme, replacing solo devotionals with…

Damien Luxe (Heels on Wheels)

Dayna McLeod is a video and performance artist whose work has shown internationally. She is currently at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Humanities. Her…

Dayna McLeod

Select excerpts of D’Lo’s humorous musings, rants and stories of being a queer boy/stud/trans person who grew up in a strict Tamil-Sri Lankan immigrant family, trying to make it all work peacefully while radically and bizarrely…

D’Lo

The process of expropriation "occurs" when a private property is taken for public use. The word “waorani” means “human being”. The Waorani warriors in Ecuador are “people in voluntary isolation.” It is clear that they have…

Eduardo Fajardo

Elle Holiday Sings the Blues is a performance for the voice, trombone, and plunger. An homage to Billie Holiday's "Lady sings the Blues", elle holiday interprets this song through her voice, trombone, plunger, as she is…

Elle Mehrmand

Sign Language. Sex. Money. I use my hands to translate. To talk. To teach. To fuck. People speak to each other through me. I translate the body, teach them how to love, fuck, hurt and know…

Felice Shays

The latest in Great Small Works' 20-year-running serial, a miniature theatre of everyday terror, this episode addresses freedom of information and the situation of PFC Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning. Created and performed by: John Bell, Trudi…

Great Small Works

This multi-media high-drag performance, reaches beyond language to ask, what is the (sound) effect of the constant demand to “put your face on” and “get it TOGETHER”?! Things get hysterical/historical as histrionics unfold, and the real…

Heather María Ács (Heels on Wheels)

Intoxicated treats notions of consumption, globalization and the influence of American media. It reflects on the excess of today’s culture, technology, and human interaction. Passivity is not encouraged, shyness is not understood, and aggressiveness could be…

Hector Canonge

Heels on Wheels will stage a multi-faceted, multi-lingual intervention at the Marché Jean-Talon open-air market. We will invite and incite the wearing of femme, feminized, feminine, fancy, dandy, fey, et al dress/costume to have and record…

Heels on Wheels

The fandango jarocho was born of the mixture of cultures in the old neo-Hispanic Caribbean. Today it crosses borders and incorporates activism and protest without losing its inclusive, fun and pagan essence through music, dance and…

Jarana Beat

The Midway Mermaid is an exploration of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its impact on the ecosystems at Midway Island. While singing an operatic lament, a mermaid is erased by a wave of plastic bottles,…

Jasmine Presson

This multi-modal theatrical ensemble performance examines concepts of “worth” and “value" through the metaphor of markets, with myself as primary writer/lyricist and director, and working with composer/musician Aaron Neber on songs and music. I will present…

Jeff McMahon

After an earthquake ravages through Haiti, a team of artists and socially conscious people of color return and help the people of Leogane process and grieve. Although well-intentioned, as their manifesto suggests, their motives and also…

Jennifer Celestin

A short performance about heartbreak and transgressions and what happens when you don’t heed the warnings of friends who tell you that you’re not supposed to shit where you eat where you fuck where you work.…

Jess Dobkin

Jordan Arseneault is a performer, writer, facilitator and translator. His staged work and participative workshops address issues of queerness, HIV, and social injustice.

Jordan Arseneault

Bogad is guided and goaded by a “GGPS” system (in his car? in his mind?) as he explores an existential performance-activist landscape in this “auto”-ethnography. Geographical “lost-ness” is quickly subsumed by political and ethical dilemmas and…

L.M. Bogad with Guillermo Gómez-Peña

La Guadalupana es una lesbiana, is a sex-Mex symbol, and gave birth to something much more important than Jesus.

La Chica Boom

A bilingual performance poem recounting the many iterations of the poet’s identity. Written after Roger Bonair-Agard.

Logan "Dirtyverbs" Phillips

A multilingual fairy tale from the recently published Abolición del pato in which Lola explains the history of the Caribbean (particularly Puerto Rico) with a strong dose of homosexuality, making a couple of pit stops at…

Lola von Miramar

Man Meat wrote “I Know My Only Flaw is I’m Not Peggy Shaw” for Squirts, an intergenerational queer performance series curated by Dan Fishback. In the piece, Man Meat celebrates legendary performers Peggy Shaw and Lois…

Man Meat Collective

Drawing on cabaret, clown, and cosplay, the performer attempts to justify her obsession with the problematic realm of popular geek culture. This irreverent work-in-progress explores gender expression, toys with expectations, and proposes a radical empathy.

Mary Notari

Apparent banality dressed to kill. Abruptly putting on and taking off a problem, lover or tantrum. He’ll put on: La Reinita, who will tell the worst or best thing that’s happened to her; and Jerónimo, who…

Mickey Negrón (Asuntos Efímeros)

Ballad of Oil and Water is an experimental film combining performative intervention and street art with documentary footage of environmental activists preparing a tree-sit. The resulting two worlds comment on our blindness towards consumer culture’s ability…

Mon Iker

Performed during a special night of Trasnocheo organized in memory of José Esteban Muñoz. Curated by Tavia Nyong'o, Jack Halberstam, and Macarena Gomez-Barris

Nao Bustamante

Creative Trafficking and The Whormons are two live versions of films made by Operation Snatch that question the value and intention of ideologically based organizations and mainstream media in the legal status of sex work.

Operation Snatch

Concierto en crunch menor (Concert in Crunch Minor) is a sound experiment with apples. A very serious concert done with live crunches and formal attire.

Pancho López

I’m Not Your Mofo’ Ally traces messy herstories of a colonized Puerto Rico, race & identity politics in the U.S., fluidity, (substance/sexual) abuse and the ways that these conditions contextualize the complexities of being a political,…

Samantha Galarza

El Circo del Toro is an exploration of performance and spectacle using burlesque to create a one -man dark circus. Through the peeling away of layers El Toro transforms and plays with the audiences perception. Incorporating…

Sebastian Marziali (El Toro)

Building Up Emotional Muscles is a coming of age story that incorporates music and storytelling to depict the struggles and triumphs of a young queer immigrant woman of color. It is based on a series of…

Shomi Noise (Heels on Wheels)

Mrs. Trixie Cane returns to the Trasnocheo with her latest Public Service Announcement & Action Plan, “Best Practices for Minority Research Subjects.” In this new campaign, Mrs. Trixie Cane helps minority subjects get what they need…

T.L. Cowan

A musical band made up of fruits, vegetables and tubers that uses performance, urban intervention, alternative communication and soft pedagogies to tackle cultural, social, economic and political issues generated by the production and consumption of Genetically…

The Trans

Trasnocheo for José was a special evening of Trasnocheo performances in loving memory of Professor José Esteban Muñoz. Curated by Tavia Nyong'o, Jack Halberstam, and Macarena Gomez-Barris, the evening featured performances by some of José's closest friends…

Trasnocheo for José

In this performance, Yecid Calderón wears a lace dress, lip syncs to a Spanish song, and finally declares symbolic war on heteropatriarchy. Through this act, the performer aims to shed light on the vulnerability of sexually…

Yecid Calderón Rodelo