Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra a.k.a. Lady Xøk (she/her, Maya-Lenca tribal citizen), is a Twin Cities-based interdisciplinary visual and performance artist, musician, and culture bearer whose work is rooted in Indigenous Futurisms and immersive experimental storytelling. She is a 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow.
Her multidisciplinary methods live in the Nepantla in-between space of Low and High Art, seen and unseen ritual spaces of dreams, ancestors, and prayer. Her work seeks to shift consciousness around immigration, borders, exodus and interconnectedness of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Her interdisciplinary social practice (visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature, puppetry & public art) often speaks from a perspective of Liberation Theology about shared and erased ancient histories. She writes and performs bilingual music under the pseudonym Lady Xøk, recording with Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities Latinx Art and Music production house. The recurring themes in her bodies of work across disciplines are ethnoastronomy, animal stories, migrations, petroglyphs, climate resilience, apocalypse, resistance, freedom of the soul, and women.
Rebekah’s ongoing immersive installation performances, Exoskeleton and La Luz, La Sombrisa, y La Galaxia, a work-in-progress exploration of Maya-Lenca oral narrative and Indigenous String Theory, and have been developed in part by Redeye Theatre, New Native Theatre, Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, Catalyst Arts, and ArtShanty. Most recently she performed Jump Start: Works-in-Progress at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club’s 60th La MaMa Puppet Fest in Manhattan, New York City. She has also performed at the National Puppetry Festival at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre in MN and is currently a co-artistic director of Puppet Lab with Open Eye Theatre. As Lady Xøk, she has performed at the Turf Club, Kitty Cat Klub, Minnesota Orchestra Hall’s Musica Juntos Summer Festival.