Pichón: Ritual Dance of Fire (1999)

Arthur Avilés performs Pichon: Ritual Dance of Fire (1999) as part of a benefit for the Martha Graham School. One of many incarnations of Pichon, Avilés dances to electronic house music wearing a red velvet dress inspired by Martha Graham—a pioneering modern dancer and choreographer in the United States. He combines rave dance moves with classical ballet forms throughout the piece. At one moment Avilés is dancing arabesques and chaînés turns; the next he is performing electro and tecktonik moves. The movement is complemented by the musical lyric, “The world turns' round and 'round, the world turns 'round and 'round.” While dancing on the floor, Avilés’ red dress falls, revealing his penis to the audience. Avilés’ nudity becomes a queer act that affirms his sexuality and racial identity on stage (as evidenced in many of his dances). He continues with such graphic movement phrases and patterns until the dance ends.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/1rn8pqkh

Additional Info

  • Title: Pichón: Ritual Dance of Fire
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 0:06:35
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1999
  • Location: Merce Cunningham Studio, New York, NY, USA
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Arthur Avilés, dancer.
  • Credits: Arthur Avilés, creator. Arthur Avilés, choreographer ; Liz Prince, costume designer ; Cool McCool, composer ; Arthur Avilés, set designer.