Carmen’s performance consists of an extended salsa dance lesson that flows into her remarkable stories of intimacy, politics, culture and the forgotten origins of the salsa. Everyone in the audience dances as the evening swiftly transforms into one of the dance halls Carmen vividly describes (in English and/or Spanish), bringing us deeply into one of Canada’s most unique milieus…the Latinx dance halls that many people have never heard of.
“Carmen Aguirre’s kinetic Broken Tailbone is part salsa lesson, part political and personal memoir – and all sweaty fun.”– The Globe and Mail
Carmen is a theatre artist and author, and a core artist of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre. She has written and co-written over twenty-five plays, including The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel, and Blue Box. Her newest play, Anywhere But Here, just received its world premiere at The Vancouver Playhouse this past February, produced by Electric Company Theatre. She is working on an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, and an adaptation of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Factory Theatre. She looks forward to acting in the Canadian premiere of Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon’s B for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre this coming May. Carmen is the author of the #1 national bestseller Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (winner of CBC Canada Reads in 2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. She is the star of the independent feature Bella Ciao!, for which she was nominated for a 2019 Leo Award for outstanding lead actor. Carmen has won multiple awards for her work, has over eighty stage, film and television acting credits, and is a graduate of Studio 58. carmenaguirre.ca
Brian is the Artistic Director of Nightswimming and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab. With Nightswimming he has commissioned and developed 30 new works, directed national tours of works by Carmen Aguirre, Anosh Irani and Anita Majumdar, led its Pure Research program and created eight of his own plays, including Why We Are Here! (High Performance Rodeo; Harbourfront; Belfry Theatre) and These Are The Songs That I Sing When I’m Sad (Boca del Lupo; Blyth Festival). He is Board Chair and a former President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Board Chair of SpiderWebShow Performance.
DJ Don Pedro Pedro Chamale Producer Brittany Ryan Designer Michelle Ramsay Stage Manager Andie Lloyd
Broken Tailbone was Boca del Lupo’s last live show before Vancouver went into lockdown on March 16, 2020.