Wednesday, July 27, 2011

To those without the House of Light, "SAVAGES"

What can one do for them—
these savages
condemned to disaffect
all those who are not visionaries
alert to undertake the silly task
of making people noble?

--Marianne Moore

This is a quotation I found while reading about gay marriage. I think it speaks so well to my idea of capitalism, privilege, and those without consciousness of their House of Light. Though it is only a small segment of the full poem, which is about the distopia of marriage, I feel that this segment speaks true to all other parts of life where we forget how our actions, small and immaterial, affect the world so greatly.

"What can one do for them—
these savages"
Here she references the common folk. Those without Marriage. However, I can see this as the poor (those making less than 2oK 12K 10K 8K 4K a year), the queer people, prostitutes, Native Peoples, Asian Peoples, Black Peoples, Latina/o Peoples, sexual radicals, vegans, women, non-conformist, pretty much anyone who is not the middle-class, white majority. That's right, you gay, republican white male conservatives--you are also a this view...stop resisting yourself.

"condemned to disaffect
all those who are not visionaries"
Here is where the idea become so important to me. All those savages, are, truely, "condemned to disaffect" from America, from any loyalty...because they are not accepted. They have to be. Slaves were condemned to disaffect, so that they may have a good life for themselves and their future generations. Good, of course, used lightly.
But think about all the children of the Ghetto, think of all those who disaffect from correct society (circuit boys, leather men, gang leaders)--they did so because they were already ostracized. They were so already condemned......

And this is my greatest point. If you are not special, if you are not of the elite class, which makes the laws, creates the art, shares their ideas, find scientific discoveries, gone to Harvard or Stanford, was a great poet, the principal ballet dancer, the producer (money wise) of culture, YOU HAVE BEEN CONDEMNED TO DISAFFECT.

I truely believe this. This, of course, coming from a Choreographer-Scholar, a visionary. I know. I am privileged.
But, I am only partially condemned to disaffect--my flaws are that I am Native, Latino, and Queer (but, of course I see them as great things...more next)--and sometimes, being an Avant-Garde Artist.

"alert to undertake the silly task
of making people noble?"
This is the best section of this small part of the poem.
It tells you, of what your colonized work must be.
You are, as the "condemned to disaffect-colonized people" are constantly alerted, to, MAKE THE VISIONARIES NOBLE, and YOU, MUST REMAIN A SAVAGE.....
How interesting. Even today, I see this as holding true....
It is a silly task, but an essential one in this capitalist society. And, honestly, it makes me sick.

ALL OF YOU, who become Lady GAGA's Little Monsters, all of you who Worship The Queen, King, Princes, and Dutchmen of the Royal English Family, all of you who follow the Celebrities, all of you who too much WORSHIP the great artist and scientist and businessmen, instead of Respecting** have condemned yourself to savagery....thus too, disaffection, thus to tyranny, thus to death.... nice. you go do that.

This is why the House of Light is so important.
In the House of Light Revolution, I call for, a new age. (post, Post-modern^n, where n ->infinity)....(mitote just happens to be the dance form associated with the House of Light Philosophy).
As MODERNISM too the turn of the century, as POST-MODERNISM took the later part of the century--at least this is how dance see things (art is a bit different...we are still in the pop-art and new genre, feminist art age....lasted a bit....) I call for what is needed THE HOUSE OF LIGHT--which is about the community found through the self.

All the perfect, all the ugly, is all the beautiful found inside you.
Inside you, at peace and war, at once, darkness and light, there is love.
This is your HOUSE OF LIGHT.
The Native, Latino, Queer, Artist that I am is not condemned to disaffect here.
I make no one noble. Not myself, not anyone else.
I am empty, but full. No attachment to life, and connected to all things (we all have Buddha inside us--as some Buddhist would say--this is our connectivity--but I am not Buddhist, and I do not suggest this).
*In the darkness of the world, I found you. There, in the void. Together we walked, towards the light, to the warmth. And there we found, a warm house, made for us. It was the guiding light. This is the House of Light*
*together we made a journey into each of ourselves, decolonized, uncontrolled by the world. witness the ugly and the perfect with non-judgment. Behold ourself. and we were okay. good. bad. happy. sad. all of it. we existed and lived. this is the house of light, with all the compassion of the world, inside us*

What can one do for them—
these savages
condemned to disaffect
all those who are not visionaries
alert to undertake the silly task
of making people noble?

--Marianne Moore


There are 2 types of integration...
Assimilation into the dominate culture. Changing of the self to fit their needs.
Acceptance of the dominate culture of what you are. The Dominate culture making room, a place, for you--taking you in, and adding it to normal culture. --behold, and take in.

*the Latter is the better in my opinion. But it takes more work, nd not much work at all. It is past tolerance, it is acceptance. BUT, AS IT TURNS OUT, MOST PEOPLE GET CONFUSED, AND FIGHT FOR, WANT, THE FIRST--BECAUSE INSTEAD OF MAKING THEIR OWN IDEAS OF SUCCESS AND NORMALCY, AND PUTTING IT INTO REALITY, THEY CHOOSE TO FOLLOW OTHERS--NOT QUESTIONING THE STATUS-QUO, AND GO ALONG WITH INTEGRATED HATRED.....OH WELL...I will miss these peers dearly as I fight for the latter

--this is when I get into arguments of the Divine, the Laws of the Universe, and when Science an art conflate. This is when I tell you about the multiplicity-diversity that is the world, and how it needs to be accepted. This is when I tell you that The House of Light is not just one place, but many place, in each being, and it looks and was made different. this is when i tell you the difference of sexy/hot and beautiful. This is when i tell you that the world, the universe has already accepted you, and you are a beautiful person--even if "society" does not like you....
but all these lessons, stories, lectures, for another time....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Who am I?

I am Cuauhtemoc.

What do you do?

I must dance.

I am a dancer. I exist in time and space, and push through with force and energy.

Passion leads to my artistic expressions of what I do, how i dance.

Fierceness is my tool.

Compassion is my rule.

The House of Light is my Philosophy.

Excellence is my goal.

Community is my home.

what do you expect of yourself?

I expect myself to be a good person.

I expect myself to be an upstanding citizen.

I expect myself to be an odd and extreme radical to all those who are not themselves.

I expect myself to be the Greatest Intellectual-Scholar-Warrior-Dancer-Choreographer-Leader possible; I expect that I will become Legendary. I desire and expect myself to be an extreme all-knowing being. I wish to continue to learn, continue to teach, and continue to discuss...continue to dance....

I feel at home in Kinesthesia-Communitas...I love the club world, it is good to me :)

I enjoy silence because it does not exist.

Indeterminacy Is my work. Improvisation is my score. The body is my resource. Space is my Canvas.

--I am Cuauhtemoc

Friday, July 22, 2011

update on mission


The mission of Cuauhtemoc Peranda Mitote is to foster, create, and perform new and dynamic dance-based work which utilizes experimentalism, and embodied histories to produce Mitote* about timeless and current cultural issues.

We are based in a traditional and contemporary dance practice, stemming from Danza Azteca, Two-Spirit and LBGTQ, Voguing, Latina/o, and Classic American dance cannons.

*Mitote: Nahuatl (Aztec) meaning "dance, dancing, gathering, event/happening, dreaming the future/present/past--dancing it into existence".


Cuauhtemoc Peranda Mitote is committed to in social/cultural and performance research, continual contemplative and physical practice, rigorous innovation and experimentation, production of dynamic performance artwork, continuing and inspiring artistic expression for the communities which we represent, cultivating passion for dance in others, and supporting others in reaching their potential.

The Philosophy of Cuauhtemoc Peranda Mitote is Excellence, Compassion, and Fierceness.

Looking to ancestral memory via movement exploration and research, rigorous exploration of embodied history is at the center of the company’s practice. Collaborating with artists, scientist, scholars, families and communities, the dances created seek to create a dynamic experience of live performance that yields cultural insight into our existence.

Friday, July 8, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is facing cuts.

The budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is facing cuts. This week, a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee began the funding cycle for Fiscal Year 2012 by approving legislation to fund the NEA at $135.2 million, which is a reduction of $20 million from the current year. If enacted, it would be the deepest cut to the NEA in 16 years. Please take two minutes to send a customizable message to your member of Congress calling on them to reject these funding cuts.

It is expected that the House Appropriations Committee will consider this legislation next week, and the full House of Representatives may consider it before the August recess. A message from you now registering your concerns with your member of Congress would be well-timed to arrive prior to these next steps in the appropriations process.

Thank you for your support of the arts! To help continue this important work and find out more information on arts advocacy, visit the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today, it's free and easy to join.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011




Taught by Sergeant De Danza Azteca

Cuauhtemoc “Temoc” Peranda

· In this course you will learn the fundamental techniques, styles, rhythms, and choreographies of Aztec Dance, along with its history, cultural symbols, and Pan-Indian/Intertribal relationships.

· This will be a fun and energetic dance class, with history/lecture woven into the class setting, to provide appropriate cultural understanding and background.

· If you are curious about Native American Dance, Culture, History, Immigration, Relationships, and Moving Bodies, then this course would be a great addition to you education.

Cuauhtemoc Peranda is a MFA graduate student in Dance at Mills College. Traditionally Trained in Aztec Dance since he was five, he is Sergento de Danza in grupo Tlaloc-Chalchiuhtlicue of San Jose, CA. He has been a recognized dance advocate and educator, and he is excited to add this class to the rich Mills academic environment.

{Please contact with any inquires}

Police probe gay SF man's death

Police probe gay SF man's death

He didn't know Canul-Arguello to go to Buena Vista Park, which is known as a popular gay cruising spot.

However, he recalled warning Canul-Arguello to be careful about the people he went out with. He said that Canul-Arguello had once told him about meeting a man who was from Los Angeles in a bar.

"He went with him to have sex with him, and I told him, 'You don't know this guy,'" but Canul-Arguello had said, "No, he seems nice," Perez said.

So scary that this happened on June 10th. So Sad I am that Freddy Roberto Canul-Arguello is dead, gone from this earth. Burned, most likely out of hatred and fag bashing. All things my mother was scared for me.

Use condoms. Don't take candy from strangers. Be careful. There are people who want to kill you for many reasons, or none at all.

Not always do these words stick. Our parents protect and warn us...however, life is not perfect...mistakes happen, and evil is everywhere...but death is not the beginning nor the end....with this death we continue on...we fight, for justice and continual peace/decolonization....


To me, The Voguette was truely a wonderful dance I made, so much, so much inside it. I wish all could have seen it, I wish to reproduce it again in the future... the death of Canul-Arguello--I understand, I am sad....For those of us with House Families, we are only a bit more protected...hatred and death still hunt us all...

"Hook-up in the Park"

a Scene from The Voguette.

To me it is a very important part of the work....It is the part that speaks true to desire and loss...and its see this part live, is scary, exciting, sexy, funny, and beautiful....