Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Cuauhtemoc Peranda:

I am a quare, indigenous, xicano dancer, choreographer, traditional and contemporary artist, and writer. I am from Santa Cruz California--but I consider myself from the Bay Area. My work, Choreography, explore pure-unadorned steps, shapes, forms, and rhythms gathered from ancestral memory, and tends to hold themes and issues of race, gender, sexuality, sub- & Counter- Culture. I hold and MFA in Dance from Mills College, and a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. My current projects are developing Mitote-- a Dance form which merges contemporary and traditional dance practices, blurring the lines between ritual and performance, but in a modern sensibility. Mitote is an mix of Inter-tribal Dance, Jazz, Ballet, Modern&Post-Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, Aztec Dance, and Voguing     

I currently work at the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, and run my Mitote Dance Company, along with the Santa Cruz Chamber Ballet, and perform as an independent artist.

My dream is to be a Professor of Dance and Performance Practice and Studies, focusing on Queer People of Color Performance.... but that a while from now, a dream, years in the making.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012



My name is Cuauhtemoc Peranda, many people try to call me "Temo"--but often succeed in "Timo, Taemo, themmo" etc. Temoc is also another name I go by.  Also, there is Alejandro, Prince Devin Lauren, Big Boy, Big T, etc....

I currently work as an Admin. Assistant for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, a place which serves the community, and provides health care, dental, and wellness services to those who often cannot afford it elsewhere--especially Urban American Indians, but the doors are open to all in need. There I work 40 hours a week. In addition, I run my Dance Company, work as a Co-Director for Santa Cruz Chamber Ballet, work as an independent dance and performance artist, and help run my Aztec dance group in San Jose. I am usually very busy, and I have almost not time free....but I try to schedule in fun, so that I do not go insane, or get too tired.... 

Though I have a BA from Stanford, and an MFA from Mills, I do not feel "important"--- I make my work, I make it well, and with excellence. I support my community and my family when I can, and I try to find time for self love, and maybe a lover.... 

One day I hope to be a world class dancer. In fact, I already am, in future time. I know it will happen, but it's just going to take a lot of sacrifice....

I am only what I am.

Cuauhtemoc Peranda    

Love Through Deviant Ears FIGHT SONGS (A PERFORMANCE Mixtape Vol.2)

Love Through Deviant Ears

FIGHT SONGS (A Mixtape Vol.2)

Friday August 31, 2012

$12 adv. $15 dr. - 8pm

Advanced Tickets Available

Love Through Deviant Ears: Vol. 2 “Fight Songs” is the second installment of a performance series that began in 2011. The first show, “Low Rider Love Songs” was seen at La Pena and El Teatro Campesino.  We’re excited to bring this new installment, "FIGHT SONGS" to La Peña in 2012! The series showcases new, queer, brown, unapologetic work by novice performers and established artists. Artists align their performance (drag, burlesque, musical, marionettes, and monologues) work to a particular kind of music to create a new piece. At any one of our “Mixtape” shows, you will always see new work premiered. In this iteration, performers were asked to create a new piece from music that honored our queer ancestors (fighters), inspired their art/activism or marked a milestone in their lives.
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