The Pocho Project
Moreno’s current project, The Pocho Project is an evening-length performance that brings together choreography, auto-ethnographic texts, and video to explore the slippery relationships between speech, language, and movement. (“Pocho” is a term that has traditionally been used to refer to someone as a “cultural traitor,” often an assimilated Mexican-American.) The piece draws on three phases of my life: my childhood as a Midwestern, working-class, assimilated Mexican-American, my life as a dancer/choreographer, and my transition to choreographer/scholar. The Pocho Project adapts these personal histories to explore our contemporary moment and how immigration, assimilation, and cultural “gatekeeping” are embedded in the ways we move, talk, and write.