Entre Despierto y Dormido
Returning to the stage for the first time since the March 2019 production of Dicotomía del Silencio, San Francisco Bay Area choreographer Rogelio Lopez re-emerges with a richly layered and vulnerably revealing new full evening work. Foxes, Bunnies, Femme Boys - Oh my! - are the travelers Entre Despierto y Dormido. Fantasies, anxieties, and a floral print merge on a search for an essential essence that has been shamed away. Crafted as a trio, Lopez takes the stage with collaborators Kevin Gaytan and Matt Han to offer one of Lopez’s most ambitious projects to date. Entre Despierto Y Dormido (Between Awake and Asleep) is his fifth full length production in the Bay Area.
“This project is an exploration of the things I haven’t been able to do as a choreographer - sexuality, camp, folklorico. There are so many things I suppress constantly,” shares Lopez. “I suppress my nationality, immigrant experience, and sexual identity.” He offers, “Everyone has this - things they have put to sleep. This is the platform now for me to share it. I want to re-introduce myself to the community, to be fully present, fully awakened.”
Entre Despierto Y Dormido exhibits Rogelio’s multitalented artistry as a choreographer, performer, costume designer, costume constructor, filmmaker, and lighting designer. Audiences will be moved and swept away by the luscious, flowing choreography he is known for as well as brought into another world through color, costumes, props, and filmic elements.
The many layers complete the story and offer a specific lens, but one that Lopez hopes comes into the universal. Camp and drag add humor and vibrancy - from elements of a magic show to striptease, to lip syncing. The movement vocabulary pulls from Folklorico, cumbia, modern, and contemporary dance. In particular, Entre Despierto y dormido showcases Folklorico, an expertise Rogelio has cultivated since the beginning of his dance career and is a form he felt compelled to keep separate from his modern dance community. All design and choreographic components meld to illustrate a dream, ultimately the many layers and facets of Lopez’s personal story. “This is the research - Who am I right now?”
Come take this wild ride at the Joe Goode Annex on October 14 and 15, 2022. In this time of Covid, seating is limited to only 75 guests per night.
WHO: Rogelio Lopez & Dancers
WHAT: Entre Despierto Y Dormido, an evening length work exploring suppressed identity and a dream of revealing and sharing a multi-faceted fabulous self
WHEN: Friday, October 14, 2022 at 8pm; Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7pm
WHERE: Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110
TICKETS: $20 - Community; $25 - General Admission; $30 - Dance Supporter (limited free tickets available). Purchase them at https://sforce.co/3Kx46vm