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Pioneers Go East Collective

January 13 at 7:30pm

January 14th at 7:30pm

January 15th at 2:30pm


Performances at Triskelion Arts in the Douglas Elliman Studio Theater


Written and directed by Gian Marco Lo Forte

Co-writers Julia Dobner-Pereira and Daniel Diaz

Stories created, performed and choreographed by Daniel Diaz, Jose Rivera, Anthony Napoletano, Brittane Rowe, Ryan Leach, Julia Dobner-Pereira, Kate Foster, John Gutierrez.

Original songs by Anthony Napoletano

Special guest musicians: Anna/Kate Band

A new work in progress inspired by LGBTQ vloggers coming out (and talking) on youtube juxtaposed to gay bashing…a funny and sour performance reflecting on what the community has achieved (or not) using social media.

Video excerpt from The Silent Barn work in progress:


Pioneers Go East Collective creates performance with new media to explore stories of social-political relevance, drawing from historical and contemporary realities of queer identity and otherness to create thought-provoking impressions. Gian Marco LoForte, Daniel Diaz, Julia Pereira, Abby Felder and John Sully lead PGEC in collaboration with a community of like-minded writers, performers, musicians, and visual artists. As pioneers on a long-lasting journey, PGEC finds memories of collective and individual courage, of hurt and vulnerability, to challenge audiences in emotionally charged yet accessible performances. According to Backstage, PGEC “...knocks down the walls between expressive genres and amalgamates music, video, and acting into an adrenalizing, dramatic experience.” Past PGEC works include the Time Out New York Critics’ Pick HILDEGARD (VISION) about spiritual leader Hildegard Von Bingen’s same-sex relationship with another nun and her ability to transcend gender confines through her creative process (St Ann’s Warehouse; Governors Island/LMCC, 2013-14; La MaMa 2015); GEMINI STARS (work in progress presented at The Silent Barn in Bushwick and Triskelion Arts in January 2017 as part of The Exponential Festival); AMERICAN MILL No. 2 based on stories of women working in the Southern textile belt (A.R.T/New York ‘17); MJ WAS INNOCENT,  the true story of Queer artist Michael Burke, exploring his journey from being a high school dropout prostitute to a performance artist (HOT Festival/ Dixon Place 2014/15; Performance Mix/ HERE ‘15); MARIA CELESTE (GALILEO) based on the epistolary correspondence between Maria Celeste and her father, scientist Galileo during his years in prison (Incubator Arts Project ‘14); 7AM based on St Francis’ poems about poverty and charity (Incubator Arts Project ‘13); S16 based on Pirandello’s story about boys and young men working in sulfur mines and reflecting on same-sex relationships and coming of age in a harsh and unforgiving environment (La MaMa ‘12); The Birds and The Wolf live video installation reflecting on a woman’s daydreaming after being abused by her partner  (Chashama/Harlem Gallery, and Goethe Institut  ’11-‘12). PGEC awards: Puffin Foundation 2013 and 2015; LMCC (2011-2015); Nancy Quinn Fund (2015); Opera America Award 2010.

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