Under the direction and vision of Federico Restrepo, LOCO7 has been in existence since 1985. LOCO7's mission has been to develop the use of puppetry as an instrument for the dancer, a style which incorporates dance and design. Utilizing rhythmic music, dancers, body puppets and larger then life marionettes, Restrepo weaves a choreography which extends beyond the body of the dancer. Dealing with themes such as South American Culture & History, the immigrants' experience and urban life, Restrepo creates an animated movement, in an ever-changing and surreal environment, bringing the stage to life. Federico Restrepo was born in Bogota, Colombia and founded his company, LOCO7, at La MaMa in 1986 to expand the use of puppetry in dance theater. LOCO7 productions utilize original rhythmic music, live musicians, dancers, body puppets and larger than life marionettes. Restrepo has created ten original pieces at La MaMa, most of which have had subsequent tours throughout the world. Mr. Restrepo is also an independent choreographer, lighting designer, teaching artist and member of La MaMa's Great Jones Rep.
Critical Praise for LOCO7
"consistently touching and evocative"
New York Times
"impresses as a work of whirling intelligence"