What separates human from beast?
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Alina Troyano
Alina Troyano
MARLBORO- Vermont Performance Lab joined forces with Marlboro College to bring writer and performance art icon Alina Troyano (also known as Carmelita Tropicana) to southern Vermont for an in-depth research and development residency to expand her latest work “Schwanze-Beast.” Last October, Tropicana’s residency began with a planning visit that included her first Vermont appearance as one of three outrageous judges at the Brattleboro Literary Festival’s Literary Death Match event. Since then, Tropicana has visited Vermont for a VPL Lab Talk at Marlboro College with Obie-award-winning theater director Ain Gordon and to co-teach the “Borders, Boundaries, and Crossings” theater seminar with Marlboro College professor Brenda Foley.

This month, Tropicana will return to Vermont for a VPL residency with long-time collaborators filmmaker Ela Troyano and Berlin actor/director Susanne Sachsse to workshop “Schwanze-Beast.” In this new work, Tropicana and her collaborators have delved into ethics and scientific inquiry to pose the question: “What separates human from beast?”  Tropicana deftly mixes languages (English, German, and Spanish) and form to create a hybrid performance work. In “Schwanze-Beast” she will meld the scientific lecture with science fiction and performance to address the civil rights of the animal species, delving into biotech and bio-politics in a minimal expressionistic performance style.

Tropicana writes, “As an artist I straddle the world of performance art and theater, using humor and fantasy as subversive tools to rewrite history from the point of view of woman, man, child, and assorted animals and insects. As a bicultural artist, I use spoken language to examine concepts through foreign words.”

Her work has been presented nationally and internationally, both in Spanish and English, and in 1999 she garnered an Obie award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.

On April 1 audiences will get a sneak peek at “Schwanze-Beast” in this work-in-progress showing at 7 pm at the Whittemore Theater, Marlboro College. The showing will be followed by a discussion with the artists and VPL director Sara Coffey.

For reservations to the April 1 “In The Works” event call VPL at (802) 257-3360 or visit www.vermontperformancelab.org/events.
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