AFFINITAS: Healing the Physical & Psychic Body of War

by Ernesto Pujol


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Healing the Physical & Psychic Body of War

Noun – Originally from Latin, denoting a spontaneous sympathy for one or more individuals, a similarity of characteristics suggesting a relationship between them.

To honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, public performance artist and social choreographer Ernesto Pujol has conceptualized a group performance for his UteHaus performance interdisciplinary group titled Affinitas, making its world premiere in Boston on November 11, 2011.

Pujol is requesting $9,385.00 from donors for 11 performers’ stipends, their roundtrip train travel, basic meals, simple overnight lodging, basic administrative costs, and final website documentation. Pujol and his company, UteHaus, are providing in-kind rehearsal hours, in-kind rehearsal space rental, and in-kind costume design and production.

The 2-hour silent performance will consist of 11 performer solos, each one unique in its nonverbal narrative. The 11 interventions into the performance space will add to an increasing series of growing concentric circles drawn by the performers bodies, framed by Boston’s classical architecture, subtle lighting, and participating audiences. The performance will end with everyone in the audience joining the performers in a communal meditative silent walk.

Prior to the event, Ernesto Pujol and members of his UteHaus performance interdisciplinary group will travel to Boston during summer and fall 2011, to hold confidential private focus group conversations with veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, and their families, about physical and psychic pain. They will listen and adopt this intimate language into their gestural delivery, hoping to mirror the experiences of this community. The conversations will have a workshop quality, very physical in nature. All UteHaus performers are engaged in teaching modalities.

As a public performance artist and social choreographer, Ernesto Pujol is interested in creating portraits of people, places, and their issues; in content-driven work. Pujol believes in the citizenship of art, artists, and institutions; in the critical place of the visual and performing arts within the US democratic process as creating spaces for deep reflection, constructive dialogue, and restorative release.