Un Poyo Rojo
September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until September 21, 2019
Sport. Sexuality. Humor. Charismatic Argentinian duo Un Poyo Pojo explores the range of possible relationships among men.
Two men stand side-by-side inside a locker room. The tension between them is palpable. This is theater, but there’s very little dialogue, just the sound of their bodies and the found noises of a portable radio. Instead, we are drawn into their primal language, a physical communication which intensifies throughout the show.
Mining multiple expressive forms—dance, athletic competition, clowning, martial arts, acrobatics, body percussion, mime, cockfighting, and more—Un Poyo Rojo probes the boundaries of bodily and spiritual interaction between individuals. It’s a provocation, an invitation for us to laugh at ourselves and, at the same time, to accept ourselves entirely.
**The performance on September 21 at 8pm will be Audio Described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.
Un Poyo Rojo was first presented in Argentina in 2008, and has been performed to sold-out audiences throughout the country. The show set out to conquer Latin America and Europe in 2015 as it began its first world tour. The play is performed by Alfonso Barón and Luciano Rosso, two multitalented dancers, actors and choreographers. Trained in five types of dances, Luciano Rosso is a true star in his native country. His YouTube channel, filled with lip synch videos, has millions of views. Alfonso Baron is a former elite sportsman turned performer. He collaborated with several of the most recognized choreographers and dance companies in Argentina. The duo is directed by Hermes Gaido, a top stage director and graduate of the Buenos Aires Art Academy.
Un Poyo Rojo started in 2008 when two performers were creating an act for a variety show in the Centro Cultural Laboratorio in Buenos Aires. Its initial creators, Luciano Rosso and Nicolás Poggi put together a duet with small comic touches in order to find ways within movement to show different relationships between two men, using elements of dance and also theater.
This duet came out of different movement proposals which mixed high impact contemporary partner work with duo sequences. After presenting the piece for the first time, the opportunity came up to perform the piece in many other spaces in the city of Buenos Aires. In April 2008, they were selected to participate in the “Ciudanza” festival which takes place in urban spaces around the city and with the collaboration of Hermes Gaido, the current director of the company, they recreated the piece.
In April 2010, they debuted a 45 minute long piece in the Espacio Cultural Pata de Ganso in Buenos Aires and received a highly positive reaction from the audience. Then with the full-length version of the play, they were selected by Spain’s Network of Alternative Theatres to tour three cities (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) as part of the Network’s 1st Latin American Circuit during the month of November in 2010. In 2011 they resumed performances in Buenos Aires with Alfonso Barón replacing Poggi, completing three sell-out seasons and continuing to tour various provinces in Argentina during 2012 and 2013. The show has now been running for more than ten years, with more than 1,000 performances.