Thursday, April 24, 2025, 7:30 PM
Friday, April 25, 2025, 7:30 PM


Programmed by guest curator Andre Bouchard

Please note, these performances contain mature language.

These performances will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

*Run times listed here are based on information provided at this time and are subject to change.

$25 general admission
$10 students with ID and youth 18 and under
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"A work of art can illuminate, can educate and also stop people, and just say, ‘Why did I not know about this? What are we going to do about it?'"

— george emilio sanchez

Writer, performance artist, and social justice advocate george emilio sanchez confronts the ways the courts have historically diminished the tribal sovereignty of Native nations, juxtaposing this against his experiences navigating generational trauma and Indigenous identity in an Ecuadorian immigrant household.

Part history, part autobiography, In the Court of the Conqueror is a multidisciplinary experience reexamining place and its relationship to the past and present historical conflicts of Indigenous lands. This is the second installment of sanchez’ series, Performing the Constitution, reflecting on the ways institutional racism and gender bias are embedded in this nation’s foundational document.

As part of sanchez’s artistic research for this performance work, he enrolled in a masters of legal studies program in Indigenous Peoples Law during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. He completed his degree in August 2021 and received his diploma in May 2022 from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. 

In the Court of the Conqueror was created in collaboration with visual artist Patty Ortiz. As an integral part of the creative process of making this piece, the two artists traveled across seven states and the ancestral homelands of Native nations, where the Supreme Court cases cited in the work took place. 

george emilio sanchez

sanchez was born in Los Angeles; raised in Orange County, California; and became a New York transplant in 1978. He began making original pieces in 1992 and continues making performance work and social justice projects. 

He has been the performance director of EmergeNYC under the umbrella of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics since 2008. This three-month program works with cohorts of 16 to 20 national and international participants to explore the intersection of arts and activism. He also teaches performance and arts education at the College of Staten Island/City University of New York. 

sanchez’s work has been presented by theatres and museums in over 25 states and has received support from National Performance Network, the Fulbright Program (Peru), New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. sanchez has been an artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Abrons Arts Center, Dixon Place, Dance Theater Workshop, Pergones Theater, the MacDowell Colony, Tigertail Productions (Miami), Dance Umbrella (Austin), Centro Cultural de la Raza (San Diego), and Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio). 

This is george emilio sanchez's first performance at the Moss Arts Center.

Photos by Maria Baranova, courtesy of Abrons Arts Center, New York City, and the artist