To Reach the Sky and What Will I Be | Knees, Schools, Urges
Peter Hernández
Thursday, Jun 16 2022
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Bookings are closed for this event.

Peter Hernández presents a concert featuring two new commissioned dances and songs under his alias Julius Smack. The works, titled “To Reach the Sky” and “What Will I Be” are inspired by pascola dances, a hybridized folk art that incorporates Yaqui dance and music with Jesuit storytelling, which he witnessed while visiting the reservation with his grandmother between 2017 and 2019. These works will be performed alongside songs from his latest musical release, “Serenity”.


About the artist: Peter Hernández, b. 1990, is a musician and performer based in Los Angeles. He creates music and dance performances as Julius Smack, who has taken the shape over time as a sexy prince, a business faun, and a statue awoken from antiquity. His work concerns the traumas and hardships of modern society through the lens of indigenous spirituality and intergenerational memory, as informed as a descendent of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. He is the founder and director of Practical Records, an independent record label for California’s queer, trans, and POC communities.


Saturday June 4, 5:30-6pm


Thursday, June 16, 7pm-7:30pm


Accessibility Note: The Box gallery is all on one level and has a rear entrance with a ramp. There are 2 small gender neutral single stall bathrooms on site. Please note that the bathrooms do not have a rail for transfer assistance and have limited space for larger mobility devices. Please contact the Box with any access needs and for more details: 1(213) 625-1747


COVID protocol: As COVID safety negotiation continues to be part of our community choreography, Pieter will continue to strive to be transparent and clear about our practices, with the goal of always prioritizing the most vulnerable among us. All events will require masks and utilize our Button Buddies which you can learn more about HERE


About the exhibition: A collaboration between Pieter Performance Space and The Box, curated by Jennie MaryTai Liu and assistant curator Alana Frey, Knees, Schools, Urges is a performance program and exhibition which invites ten dancers / artists to grapple with documented and undocumented histories of early 20th century modern dance in the place now known as Los Angeles. An examination of the absence of archived history of dance and dancers in the region, and the undersung work that historically minoritized artists have done in the field, the project looks both forward and backward, approaching the timeframe of the exhibition as an opportunity to document and create an archive which acknowledges the value of short-term local history as an ongoing project for present and future generations. 

Julius Smack photographed by Evan Walsh