Ernesto coordinates location-specific and primarily community-based performance projects. Whether as an artist or as an arch-collaborator, his work is geared towards investigating innovative and self-sustainable models of presenting art and performance, specifically queer work, which expands upon the common definition of Queer and challenges his and his community’s relationship to live performance. As founder and director of THEOFFCENTER, Ernesto has overseen the production, curation and execution of dozens of site-specific, research-based art interventions, a number of large scale performance festivals, multiple performer centered art programs both at presenting houses (YBCA, Mission Cultural Center, Mission Dance, The Magic Theatre, SOMArts and others) as well as public spaces (BART trains, city streets, and a privately owned boxing ring). Ernesto, an experimentalist of prose and form at heart, is the co-founder of 11 11 ArtGroup, a creative partnership funded with life partner and collaborator Evan Johnson; 11 11’s goal is to create and present queer[ed] text based theatre and sound installations. Ernesto currently chair of community engagement for Emerging Arts Professionals, and was participant of the 2011 YBCA’s Bay Area Now 6 program. [/box]
Jorge is a San Francisco-based performance artist, activist and community organizer. He works (artistically and otherwise) to create a space to scrutinize, question, (de)construct the systems that hold the personal in relationship to the social, spiritual and ecological. His work ranges from contemporary performance art for the stage, public interventions and communal ritual experiences to traditional Mexican folklorico dance. He has absorbed much from working with choreographers Meg Stuart, Sommer Ulrickson, and Mark Franko as well as his two current mentors Keith Hennessy and Sara Shelton Mann. Jorge’s life/work finds energy from the vibrant communities that abound in San Francisco (artistic, permaculture, sexual, etc), especially his friends working in queer performance/activism. Jorge was born in Los Angeles, has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and is currently co-developing a new community art space as part of TheOffCenter.