In Broken Tailbone, Carmen Aguirre leads a Latinx dance lesson, weaving together hilarious and moving stories of her experiences in the hidden world of dance halls in Canada while DJ Don Pedro creates an irresistible musical environment to get even the most reluctant dancer up on her feet. Daring, sexy — and above all — fun, Carmen’s performance is an extended salsa lesson that flows into her remarkable stories of intimacy, politics and culture.
Everyone in the audience dances as the evening becomes a visit to one of the dance halls Carmen vividly describes. Gather together to listen, move and be moved.
Recent tour dates: Encuentros de las Americas Festival (Los Angeles), Intrepid Theatre (Victoria), Workshop West (Edmonton). Full production premiering at The Cultch (Vancouver) February 13-24, 2018.
Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based writer, performer, and activist. Her many plays include the Nightswimming hit Blue Box (national tour to 12 cities, 2012-14), Refugee Hotel, and The Trigger. Her best-selling memoirSomething Fierce won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads competition; her second memoir Mexican Hooker #1 was published worldwide in 2016.
Nightswimming is a Toronto-based dramaturgical company with a national mandate focused on creation, performance and research through commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance. Nightswimming seeks out established performing arts companies as partners in an extended process leading to premiere productions. Through the creation of these new works, Nightswimming is devoted to advancing the field of dramaturgy — the exploration of theatrical stories and how they are told — and play development in Canada. Nightswimming has commissioned and developed 25 projects with more than 80 runs at theatres and festivals from Victoria to Whitehorse to St. John’s.
Photos by Erin Brubacher
“Aguirre is a hot tamale: passionate, at times very poetic, blunt and outspoken.”
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