Michael Burke in collaboration with Daniel Diaz and Gian Marco Lo Forte

Michael Cross Burke, photo by Krys Fox

Michael Cross Burke, photo by Krys Fox

Michael Burke and Daniel Diaz will perform their latest work Michael Jackson was innocent and I didn’t Kill Jonbenet Ramsey….But I was there the night she died directed by Gian Marco Lo Forte/Pioneers Go East Collective. Found text based on interviews with the first young man who falsely accused Michael Jackson of sexual molestation and his psychiatrist juxtaposed with original choreography, soundscore, and visual imagery. In a bizarrely humorous manner, they explore celebrity, sex, greed, tabloid culture and injustice in law enforcement in the US. They will also prove the king of pop’s innocence.

Michael Burke is a NYC-based queer performance artist. His acclaimed solo works have been presented nationally, and throughout NYC at venues including Dixon Place, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center, The National Gay & Lesbian Theater Festival, BAAD, Highways Performance Space (LA) New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix, The Single File Festival (Chicago, IL), BAX, Pulse Ensemble Theater, The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Charter Oak Cultural Center (Hartford, CT), The Fresh Fruit Festival, Austin Arts Center, Ragged Blade Producton (St. Louis, MO), Chashama, Theatre Offensive, The Fresh Fruit Festival, SEEN+ HEARD Festival (Atlanta, GA), Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto), Austin Arts Center, among many others as well as extensive colleges/university tours. Burke performed in the Penny Arcades’BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!!! in its 2009 Spiegel Tent revival, Holly Hughes’ 1998 NYC premiere of Preaching to the Perverted, and many collaborations with Tim Miller. More traditional theater credits include multiple productions Peculiar Works Project, The Ordinary Theatre Company, and two seasons with CT Shakespeare Festival. Burke is the Director of the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in NYC and been a Professor in the Theater & Dance Department at Trinity College since 2001.


Daniel Diaz, photo by David Cabrera Villafana

Daniel Diaz, photo by David Cabrera-Villafana

Daniel Diaz is a NYC-based performer. With a focus on modern street and interpretative dance, his career consists of movement and choreography for several influential New York musicians including Shadow Lover, Omega Jarden and more. Diaz has performed at major local venues including PS1 Moma, The Brooklyn Museum , The Coney Island Sideshow, Joe’s Pub and Dixon Place, as well as various nightlife spots up and down the East Coast. Daniel’s passion has drawn him to aspects beyond dance including acting, performance art, and set design – branding him “A Creature of The Stage”.

Gian Marco Lo Forte (director & writer) is originally from Italy and a NYC based director and writer of multimedia live music and video works. Gian Marco is an artist-in-residence at La MaMa where he founded in association with Abby Felder, Pioneers Go East Collective. Since 2010 PGEC works have been presented at La MaMa (S 16; I Fioretti in Musica); at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Governors Island (Hildegard Vision), Incubator Arts Project (7AM; Maria Celeste Galileo), Chashama and Goethe Institut (The Birds and The Wolf). Upcoming works in 2015: American Mill # 2 at La MaMa and a new work written by queer performance artist Michael Burke (Dixon Place). Selected directing and/or design work presented in NYC: La MaMa; Galapagos; HERE; WET; NYTW; Art on Air and he designed for Pan Asian Rep; Magis Co; Watson Arts; Operating Theatre; Slant; May Adrales; Edward Einhorn; Ernest Abuba; Kevin Augustine; Ellen Stewart. Marco is in residence with Great Jones Rep and has designed at Biennale of Venice and toured in Europe. Awards: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (’11-‘14); The Puffin Foundation (’12 & ‘14); LMCC’s Process Space Residency (’14); Nancy Quinn Fund – A.R.T./ New York (’14); Chashama Residency (’12); Opera America – Alfred L. Tobin Director and Production Design (’10).