El Pato Feo (2001)

The performance begins with an introduction by BAAD! Co-Director Charles Rice-González. Next, a black and white film of Arthur Avilés dancing in the nude is shown, followed by a modern dance solo performed on stage with dramatic classical music. Another black and white film is shown with footage of the Bronx's Hunts Point neighborhood with specific reference to architecture and Latino and Black identities. The contrast of film and live performance on stage can be read as the contrast between different movement vocabularies—pedestrian and modern. The entire cast of ""El Pato Feo""—a slang reference in Spanish for homosexual identity—takes the stage in animal costumes. The mother of the young, closeted El Pato Feo narrates her son’s coming-of-age as a queer duckling. Over the course of the monologue, we learn the hardships that the young El Pateo experienced coming out to the duck community, which included being gay-bashed and teased. El Pato Feo's journey alludes to moments in Arthur Avilés' life as an out and proud, self-proclaimed Puerto Rican faggot and dancer. At the end of the performance, El Pato Feo spreads his feathers in pride and affirms his confidence as a mature gay duck through lip-synced performance of the dance floor classic "Change" by Lisa Stansfield.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/4mw6mg7k

Additional Info

  • Title: El Pato Feo
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 0:50:47
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: Jun 2001
  • Location: Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Bronx, NY, USA
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Arthur Avilés, performer.
  • Credits: Arthur Avilés, creator.