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BioMANGOS WITH CHILI the floating cabaret of QTPOC bliss, dreams, sweat, sweets & nightmares .. .. North America's only annual queer and trans people of color performance tour. Recently named one of Bitch Magazine's Bitchlist of things they love! .. .. Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based arts organization committed to showcasing high quality work of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Galette, Mangos with Chili features an annual touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performance artists, offering unforgettable performance in celebration of our lives, stories, survival, and the legacies we are creating for future generations of queer and trans people of color. .. .. For over 3 years, Mangos With Chili has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars, and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics, and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia, and violence that QTPOC face. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .......... .......... .. .. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms. Cherry Galette, Mangos With Chili began as an annual touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performance artists. With no core funding and mostly grassroots publicity and media coverage, Mangos With Chili was a phenomenally successful tour. Using theater, spoken word, drag, dance and performance art to tell stories of class, survival, desire, dreams, migrations, and trans, femme and genderqueer identities that spanned Sri Lanka to Aztlan to the Philippines to the Caribbean to Brooklyn to the Arab world, to migrant small towns, Mangos With Chili 2006 was a groundbreaking performance cabaret, taking This Bridge Called My Back into the 21st century. .. .. Our breakout 2007 tour took 8 queer and trans performers of color to cities and stages throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada. The show packed world class theaters, underground performance spaces, and campus halls, including Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, C-Space in Cleveland, Swarthmore College, Cattyshack in New York, The Black Repertory Theater of Providence, Theatre Juste por Rire in Quebec, and more. Audiences everywhere thanked us for both the high caliber of work and the life-saving importance of the testimonies we shared through our art. .. .. Our 2008 Queer Borderlands Tour took 10 artists across the Southwestern United States through the US-Mexico borderlands. Our featured artists created work addressing the themes of border transgressions, migrations, deportations, relocation, displacement, legacy and the struggle to create new worlds. We sold out every show, and received standing ovations, tears, flowers, and testimony that spoke to the life changing nature of the work shared on our stages. Additionally, we had opportunity to build, exchange, resource share, skill share, and connect with community members, organizers, artists, and academics across the Southwest while learning the pulse of queer communities across the borderlands. .. .. Mangos with Chili is unique in being multi-racial, multi-genre, and multi-gender – we consciously curate artists whose genders span the gamut from transwoman to Two Spirit to femme to trans fag to gender non-conforming to non-trans queer men. We create community, build bridges, and foster cross-cultural dialogue by presenting breathtaking shows featuring queer and trans of color artists creating cutting-edge, high-caliber work to audiences and communities whose stories are not always represented onstage. Sharing much-needed and little heard queer and trans of color stories brings queer and trans people of color out from isolation, helping QTPOC build networks of community, support, resources and survival. .. .. We have received positive media coverage from Bitch, Hip Mama and Make/Shift magazines (making Bitch’s Summer 2008, “Bitchlist: Things We Love”) as well as in independent media, the blogoshpere, campus media and raves from audience members for reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color. .. .. Our 2009 tour will hit the Southeastern US, starting Austin, Texas, traveling east to New Orleans, and then North to DC. .. .. .. To bring us to a venue near you: .. email@example.com .. .. ....
MembersMangos With Chili features a rotating cast of Bay Area based and national QTPOC performers. .. .. Our 2009 tour line up includes: Aleksa Manila, Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Lenelle Moise, SKIM, Amir Rabiyah, Maceo Cabrera Estevez, Ms. Cherry Galette and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha. .. .. Our 2008 tour lineup included Vixen Noir, Zuleikha Mahmood, NaR, Chica Boom, Natro, Nico Dacumos, Qwo-Li Driskill, Cherry Galette, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. .. .. Our 2007 tour lineup included Ignacio Rivera, Dulani, Victor Tobar, Ching-In Chen, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Thomas Andre Bardwell, Cherry Galette, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Our Bay Area shows have included some of the artists above in addition to Thisway/Thatway, Charleston Chu, King TuffNStuff, Lady Fantastique, Yosimar Reyes, Amir Raiyah, and Maceo Cabrera Estevez. .... ..
InfluencesGloria Anzaldua, our ancestors, our children, our lovers, Essex Hemphill, Chrystos, Barbara Cameron, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Sylvia Rivera, love, fierceness and rage.
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