A Puerto Rican Faggot from America (1996)

Arthur Avilés performs the solo A Puerto Rican Faggot from America (1996) at Danspace Project. Avilés forgoes the use of text, music, and costume, leaving the audience to interpret the movement through the dance’s title. Throughout the performance, Avilés continuously moves in time and space while asserting his racial, sexual, and national identity. He dances nude as a political gesture to critique contemporary dance aesthetics and to expose his gay, Puerto Rican body amid the AIDS crisis. Avilés also expresses tension surrounding his self-proclaimed identity as a "New York-Rican"—a Puerto Rican born in New York that is estranged from island language and culture. Ultimately, Avilés conjures a body politic that challenges stereotypes and phobias about gay men during the AIDS pandemic, especially in the Latino community.

Media

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/s7h44pq8

Additional Info

  • Title: A Puerto Rican Faggot from America
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 0:15:52
  • Language: English
  • Date: 11 Oct 1996
  • Location: Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church, New York, NY, USA
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Arthur Avilés, creator.
  • Credits: Arthur Avilés, choreographer ; Leonel Valle, choreographer ; Susanna Hewson, technical director.