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Alma's Engine


Work by Eppchez!      

 

 

Called to art & community

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Alma's Engine


Work by Eppchez!      

 

 

Called to art & community

Welcome!

I asked for a bucket of transparent paint with which to coat the black box
of my creative process. All I got was this stylist website template.
A bulletin board for sharing projects | A sounding board for developing Ideas.
Alma's Engine chugging along... Research... Invent... Let it ripen.... Invent... Perform...

Eyeball around my rainbow brain shits | book me to perform or speak | check out where my work will be.

In abundance, 
Eppchez!


Upcoming Work

imagining your authentic intimate parts

As part of eir non-binary intimate apparel design firm, DarbGarb, and with funding from The Leeway Foundation Eppchez! will be accepting commissions pro bono from Philly local non-binary transfolx to design and wearable gender affirming artwork. This is part of Eppchez’s calling as a gender doula, helping people push through to become their authentic selfs.

Off-white: investigating how Whiteness functions

This workshop is for communities already working to address white supremacy internally. Alma's Engine is thrilled to bring this work to New England Quakers and the Living Faith Gathering on Oct 27.

Introducing Topsy Pendejo

An experiment in genderless/troll/clown/creature sexuality from Eppchez’s Transmasculine Latinx/Jewish context. Exploring non-binary burlesk, inventing new and ancient kinds of sexy. Get a sneak peak at
You Can’t Fail October 10, 7pm at Tattooed Mom’s,
Lifting the Veil November 2-4
Leah Stein Dance Co Studio Works November 13

Come Support Philly’s next drag/burlesk darling!!!
Topsy Pendejo is in the cast of MX. EVERYTHING Philly’s very own 12 week performance art competition. Happening every Wednesday at L’etage from Nov 28 till Topsy takes the crown in February 2019!

Street Songs

Catch Alma's Engine while the Weather is still warm in public parks - on street corners - all over Philadelphia. Eppchez will be out with eir magical musical suitcase improvising haunting vocalizations to creating new songs with input from passersby.

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Theater


Theater


Here you can access my theater portfolio including photos and video from past productions, my current theatrical endeavors, as well as the thought experiments and workshop ideas I am currently developing.

train-ing: a one troll show

Watch the trailer!!!

Hey, do you know of any grassroots campaigns organizing passionately to protect our planet from ourselves? Help connect me to them! Lets organize a ton of fundraisers for these heroes of the anthropocene.

Contact Alma's Engine to scheduled a site specific  performance for your group.
Any bridge that goes over a river will do.

Publik private

 Click the show poster for production history and documentation

Click the show poster for production history and documentation

Some things have to be make public - in the way that our bodies become public when we go outside... In this bilingual solo performance I explore the lives of two trans ancestors who made space for themselves in their own absurd eras. The three of us have a lot of processing to share.

 

They Extract

 Click the show poster for production history and documentation.

Click the show poster for production history and documentation.

"They Extract!" is a full length work of physical theater that explores how commodification changes the resources that are most precious to us. Oil has been gone and Love™ is extracted as an energy source. The play follows a scientist and father, Vera his daughter, and the Loving Mine she falls for. 

Junk Redemption

 Click the show poster for production history and documentation.

Click the show poster for production history and documentation.

A Baltimore art gallery "discovers" an isolated self-taught sculptor living in a secluded forest clearing.  semi-magical world where their trauma lives in their sculptures, that are brought to life by the ghost of their twin brother. when a 

Workshops & in progress

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off-white:a querying of unearned advantage

This workshop uses songs, story telling and worship sharing to help communities already engaged in confronting systemic White Supremacy, to become more comfortable with the inherent discomfort of this work, and embrace the joyful parts of engaging with transformation of self, and institutional structures in your in daily life. I use my own experiences and reflections as a White-passing person to notice how Whiteness functions in my life and invite participants into a vulnerable space of reflection around this topic that we have been so carefully taught to ignore.

Gravity Play:

I think that hills are very exciting! Gravity functions differently on hills making bodies move in strange and disorienting ways, tickling my thoughts - provoking metaphors. I would like to explore how to use hills to talk about bias and micro aggression. I would like to explore how to use hills to talk about other things too. I would like to explore how this metaphor changes during different seasons - with different surfaces: grass, leaves, snow, mud. This is probably a film.

Non-binary Burlesque

Topsy Pendejo is chaffing at the bits, inventing a theory of sexiness that is not about gender. Between burlesque, drag, boylesque, and lounge crooning there must be something else. I'm imagining a form where my glitter-phobic feral troll soul can really let fly, where my enthusiasm for designing whimsical prosthetic parts joins with movement and song parody. Audiences may surprise themselves!

 

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Music


Music


experiments in vocal looping:

Developing new Sets

I have a slew of new songs. Haunting, weird, hard and heartfelt music, ready to play at your venue or house show. This track is a live recording of that bergeoning sound.

Street Songs

An ongoing street performance project. Improvising music in collaboration with passersby.  Using the sounds of the street to inspire beats, and the thoughts, prayers and overheard conversations of strangers to build lyrics and melody.


past singer-songwritery sounds

Self-Realized-Nation: a song cycle

released 03 July 2013

 These songs came out of my observations of the Occupy movement from where I stood in 2011 on the periphery. Though 4 years later I sometimes forget that there was ever such a buzz I still believe that the true possibilities and the undeniable pitfalls represented in these songs are important to recall. The questions in these songs have guided me though many a crisis of purpose and I hope they can be helpful to others as well.

These songs came out of my observations of the Occupy movement from where I stood in 2011 on the periphery. Though 4 years later I sometimes forget that there was ever such a buzz I still believe that the true possibilities and the undeniable pitfalls represented in these songs are important to recall. The questions in these songs have guided me though many a crisis of purpose and I hope they can be helpful to others as well.

They taught me to say thank you.

Random recordings

 Click on the album art to listen and download my music on my bandcamp. You can name your own price.

Click on the album art to listen and download my music on my bandcamp. You can name your own price.

Interested in licensing? collaborating? covering? Please contact me with any questions about my music.

Here is a cover of my song Lonely from my dear friend BJ also known as Orkinpod.

Songs in the key of free

a series of composer/musician workshops at SCI-Graterford in which Philly musicians and songwriters develop and celebrate the musical talent of incarcerated men via performance-based classes in composing, arranging, and musicianship.
 

Live performance videos & radio spots


Niijii Radio's Infinite Underground: Call-in interview with Alma from 2013

If you want to hear me talk about my music and my philosophy of song-writing and self then you might enjoy listening to this.

 
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Video & Visual


Video & Visual


Darb Parts Abstract Packers

Accepting commissions. Visit Darb Garb to explore this ongoing art project, working with gender non-conforming people to design and create functional art objects to stuff down our pants. Join me at the Trans Wellness Conference (August 2-4 2018) for this my workshop: Imagining Your Authentic Intimate Parts

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Cleaning; a puppet demonstration in solidarity with the custodial staff at Wesleyan.

 

 

 

July 2014

 

 

Fall 2013

Foley by Alma & Nate Repasz

Writing


Writing


Poems

A collection of recent poems.

Plays

Read my work on the New Play Exchange or request a pdf

They Extract!

HERE is the latest finished draft of the script.

The Peony Pavilion

An adaptation of Xianzu Tang's 16th century opera.

Junk Redemption

A one-act about the spaces between artists, art, and audience. Currently undergoing revision with TCP.

46 Amboy St.

Three braided stories curious about family planning in 1916.
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Press & Community


Press & Community


Eppchezing around: interviews, Reviews & press

Unlearning Prejudice

Join the Facebook Group  to find and share resources that have been helpful to you in your process of unlearning prejudice.

 

There are many ways to help me make art sustainably. This is just one way. 100% of all donations will go to my artistic endeavors. If you are interested in supporting a specific project you can specify that in a note after choosing the amount you'd like to donate.


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