Mario LaMothe
Mario LaMothe (Co-MISSION Resident Artist)


Mario LaMothe’s Assotto’s Child at the Altar

Friday, June 17, 7pm

Sunday, June 26, 7pm

Assotto’s Child at the Altar meditates on how a queer person might labor to preserve, contest, and remake identities across generations. Improvising on a Haitian Vodou rite of reclamation, Mario creates a dialogue between his personal memories and those of queer Haitian-American artist and activist Assotto Saint (1947 – 1994). Through dances and oral storytelling, the performer pays homage to ancestral experiences as a road map for future generations. LaMothe questions what it means to wield effeminacy and bitchiness as exercises of self-care and as modes of resistance against destructive cisgender norms.


all prices include ticketing fees

General Admission: $30 single performance

Student/Industry: $20 single performance (with promo code INDTIX)

Festival Pass: $100 ($120 value), access to any 4 performances.

Student/Industry Festival Pass: $70 ($80 value), access to any 4 performances (with promo code INDPASS)

Livestream: FREE. Those who are able are encouraged to purchase $5-30 tickets to support artists fees. 

Tickets, information, and livestream details can be found online:


Mario LaMothe is a performance artist, curator, and scholar. His curated events at the Haitian-American Museum of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Duke University, among others, focused on Haitian artists’ labor to destabilize forms of anti-Haitianism, homophobia, and transphobia. His essays have appeared in numerous academic and public humanities publications. He holds a BA in Theater Arts and French from Boston College, a Certificate of Dance from the Ailey School, an MFA in Arts Management from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Mario is also an Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago.