Gabriel G Torres
Disquiet is a visual exhibition and performance inspired by the case of Yuliana Andrea Samboni, and “The Book of Disquiet” by Fernando Pessoa. Artists Gabriel Torres, Camila Campos Katz, Paula La Bloise and Juanita Alasblancas investigate how the identity of a female child changes after trauma, physical and sexual abuse.
The exhibition consists of a series of photographs and collages created by Colombian visual artist Paula La Bloise, featuring imagery and language taken from interviews the artist has conducted with several women, reconstructing their identities and showcasing their inner self. The artwork will be for sale, and a part of the profits will be donated to the women interviewees.
At 8pm every day, Juanita Alasblancas will make a performance ritual directed by Gabriel G Torres and Camila Campos Katz. The performance includes video montage by Paula La Bloise and music composition by Mercer Shavelson.
Every performance will include a talk back session. RVSP is necessary: please email firstname.lastname@example.org with name, date and number of tickets. Tickets are free, but limited.
Donations are highly encouraged. 50% of donations will be given to a non-profit organization that helps women who have been physically or mentally abused. 50% will be given to the artists involved.
About the Artists
Gabriel G Torres (Director/Choreographer) is a multidisciplinary artist from Colombia. Recent Directing Credits include The Bearded Woman by Jei Osorio, The Tank, 2018; (Assistant Dir) La Pola by Oscar Cabreira, Serials, The Flea Theater, 2018; (Artistic Director Assistant) LES Festival For the Arts, Theater for The New City, 2018. As a Teaching Artist, Gabriel’s credit include Cue Drama, Hong Kong, 2018-2019; Jamaica Center for The Arts – 2018. He is a candidate at the New School for a Dual Master/Bachelors Degree in Media Studies and Liberal Social Sciences, and is a student at Riggio’s Honors Democracy and Writing Program.
Camila Campos Katz (Co/Director – Co/Choreographer) is constantly in search of her being/essence. Through the arts she has been able to explore different aspects of herself. Camila has a history with acting for the past 13 years; she began her explorations at Nancy Tunon in Barcelona, followed by an intense study at Augusto Fernandes in Buenos Aires, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City, as well as a two year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She has performed in various independent films as well as in Off Broadway shows. She has recently discovered her love for directing and coaching actors.
For more about Camila, follow her on Instagram.
Juanita Alasblancas (Performer) recently moved to NY from Colombia, where she is recognized for being one of the best female rock’n’roll voices in her country. In Colombia, she was sponsored by Heineken to produce her first video album and national tour. In addition to being a musician, Juanita is also a social communicator, an actress and a TV producer. She was featured as Switch’s reporter on Claro TV. She has worked for over twelve years as a casting manager for Colombian reality shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, and The X Factor. Before moving to NY, she starred as Peter Pan in the musical play at the Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Theatre in Bogotá, Colombia. Juanita moved to NY to study acting and performing and spent this past summer at the New York Film Academy. This year, Juanita won the Latin American Theatre award for Best Theatrical Production for producing the Bizarre Cabaret for the Tea Theatre. Juanita is pursuing her dream as a strong believer that true art can change the world.
For more about Juanita, follow her on Instagram.
Paula La Bloise (Art) is an integral artist who was born in Bogotá, Colombia, with Italian background. Currently living in NYC, she is the owner and creative director of ART La Bloise, a pre/mid/post production company and brand that provides various artistic and creative skills including creative direction, professional photography, painting, casting, scouting locations, color psychology, professional makeup, sfx make-up and body paint. Paula currently works in the entertainment, film, fashion and beauty industry.
Paula (aka La Bloise) started developing her artistic skills at an early age, while she was still in school. Her inspirations include Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Klim, Kandinsky, Irvin Penn, Frida Kahlo, and many others artists. Inspired by her endless curiosity in life, she began translating the visions of her world with painting and the study of visual arts. Soon after, she became a professional photographer, with a focus in portraits, fashion, promotional, erotic and artistic photography. Paula enjoys experimenting with colors and textures, and recycled objects to relay her own growth and transformation through her own vocabulary. To broaden her knowledge, Paula traveled to Cuba and Europe, where she worked in street, fashion, landscape, portraiture, and lifestyle photography. She collaborated on her first editorial as a professional photographer and makeup artist in Cuba, La Habana in 2009.
“Everyday is a day to experiment and create, explore your inner self… there will be no regret.”
For more on Paula, visit her website at https://www.artlabloise.com/
Mercer Shavelson (Music Composer) grew up in Sea Cliff, a small town in Long Island, and has been around music all of his life. His late mother, jazz singer Rebecca Dorsey, gigged throughout his childhood, and in fact even while pregnant with him. It was no surprise when he started playing music at the age of six, first on drums, before switching to violin and then eventually taking up the piano by age nine. Shavelson played his first local gig while in middle school, and by the time he was fifteen worked regularly as a keyboardist, playing in both Jazz and R&B groups around Long Island. In the spring of 2017, Shavelson was admitted to the New School for Jazz on full academic scholarship, at the age of 17. Since then, he has gotten his feet wet in the New York City scene, bringing his own groups to venues such as The Bitter End and Shapeshifter Lab. Shavelson has received instruction from numerous jazz masters, including Reggie Workman, Joanne Brackeen, Aaron Goldberg and Kris Davis, and looks forward to continuing his studies into his sophomore year of college. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, he aims to approach music progressively and creatively, challenging listeners with unique instrumentation, grooves, harmony, and other elements.
For more on Mercer, follow him on Instagram.
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Friday: 4 - 10pm,
performance at 8pm
Saturday: 4 - 10pm,
performance at 8pm
Sunday: 4 - 10pm,
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Each day, there will be a performance at 8pm, and a Q&A at 9pm. No performance on August 30.
Performance is at 4pm from September 7 to the 14th,