College of Staten Island Professor of Performing and Creative Arts george emilio sanchez will bring his new solo performance work, In the Court of the Conqueror, to the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York, NY from March 10 through 19. For ticket, go to the Abrons Arts Center’s Website.
When asked why he created this work, sanchez said, “Two essential reasons, with a shared priority. One is the untold story of the stolen indigenous lands, and the diminishing of rights and legitimacy of one of the three sovereigns of these lands, from the federal sovereign, against the indigenous communities and nations of the U.S. The second is the journey of my search around my indigenous identity, rooted in a cultural intention to erase and keep invisible the roots of the Americas.”
Sanchez, who has taught at CSI for more than 20 years, is also a writer, performance artist, and social justice activist. He was recently named the recipient of the inaugural Keith Haring Artist Fellowship by The MacDowell in 2021, and he premiered XIV at Dixon Place in 2019, which served as the first installment of his Performing the Constitution series. sanchez has served as the Performance Director for Emergenyc for 15 years and is a Social Practice Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center. He completed a Master’s in Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law at the University of Oklahoma in August 2021 as part of his artistic research for this work. Learn more at georgeemiliosanchez.com.
The March 11 and 12 performances will include post-performance discussions between sanchez and N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. There will be a discussion with Gonzalo Casals on March 17.
The performance on March 18 performance will include ASL interpretation.
By Terry Mares