The pinata technique entails three stages: a structural stage which involves the use of clay, bamboo, cardboard or wire; a paper mache stage which sets and solidifies the structure, and the dressing up of the figure which involves the use of crepe and tissue paper and the cut out of the final features of the figure in paper. Making use of these skills, in 1992 I presented the interactive installation "Animals on the Verge of Extinction" featuring mainly pinatas that were to be destroyed at the end of the art show. Later I wrote and directed the performance for four musicians, four dancers and 72 masks, based on the Mayan calendar "The Tzolkin". In this fashion I have carried this folkloric tradition into the gallery spaces as well as in the theatre where I designed and built props for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production "Alice in Wonder Tierra".
Click here to see a slide show of the Mayan Masks.
Click here to see a slide show of the Parade Floats.
Please email or call (415) 333-8001 Romeo or Cathleen if you would like to discuss working on special collaborative projects.