Watch Me Werk at MASS MoCA (Raul dance to songs by Disclosure and Shamir)

During my 2-week studio residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, I created a small installation and performed a dance to songs by Disclosure and Shamir.
On March 1, an Open Studios event was held.
During that time, I danced on top of a duct tape installation created in my studio.
I chose the songs "Intro" by Disclosure and "On the Regular" by Shamir.
Surrounded by drawings depicting construction work and house work, I choreographed a dance that was about Werkin it!
Dressed in a hand-painted hi-viz work shirt, my dance combined voguing with salsa moves, and feelings of sass.

DOING WORK - Opening Night Performance & Select Work

For his performance titled "Mom Would Have Been Proud",
Raul dances to Jamie XX's "On Hold" Remix at grayDUCK Gallery.

The song is both powerfully uplifting and haunting.
As a kid, I remember my mom used to spend Saturday mornings cleaning the apartment while blasting her favorite songs on our family stereo.  She'd often replay songs over and over while my sisters and I helped her vacuum or dust our home.
We often rented and eventually owned a lot of dance-themed movies such as Footloose, Shag, Salsa, Lambada, Grease, Dirty Dancing, and plenty of others.
Over the course of my life, I've taught myself different style of dancing that allow me to express emotions that I cannot in my paintings and drawings.


upcoming performance schedule:

east austin studio tour weekend

saturday november 11:

11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm,
2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm

sunday november 12:

12:45pm, 1:45pm, 
2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm,

artist talk:sunday, december 3, 2pm 

exhibition dates: november 4 - december 3, 2017

gallery hours: thur - sat 11-6pm & sun 12-5pm | 512.826.53342213 e. cesar chavez | austin tx 78702

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(all images courtesy Luis Garza Photography)

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