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Performance in the Borderlands: Fall 2013

Banned Plays: Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry Banned Plays Public Reading Series brings together a diverse group of artists, scholars and community members to read plays with controversial themes and/or that have been censored in the public sphere. We open each reading with a local musician, wine and a public scholar to give a context for the play. Living in a critical historical moment of Arizona, when books/plays have been banned, it is more important than ever to create space for art, politics, and public discourse. Join us each month for a new play reading, wine, snacks, and public dialogue in a garden setting around important social themes.
Sept. 24, 7–9 pm (Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center) Wine/Snacks $5 (Free to ASU Students with ID)


Performance in the Borderlands with Nemcatacoa The Colombian street theatre group, Nemcatacoah, visits ASU for an artist talk and demonstration of their work using Butoh dance, theatre and stilt walking.
Oct. 8, 1:30–2:45 p.m. (Nelson Fine Arts Center Amphitheatre next to FAC )
This event is open to the public and free!


Urban Sol: Panel on Urban Performances Performance in the Borderlands is excited to partner with Urban Sol for a public panel and presentation about a variety of different urban performances.

The night kicks off with Bboy Andrew "A-Game" Mam talking about his senior thesis from Berkeley on hip hop and commercialism, followed by a panel talk with local and visiting artists around the diversity of urban arts and performances. Included in the panel are: Katie Beltran, local street artist; Professor Lock, dancer; CoFlo, dancer and DJ; Rickerby Hinds, hip hop theatre playwright; Melissa Britt, professor of dance at ASU; and Mary Stephens, ASU.
Don't miss this informative and fun learning experience, leading up to Urban Sol "MoveMeant" on Friday Oct 11th!


Desierto Remix: Performance in the Desert An evening of performance featuring Colombian experimental theatre group, Nemcatacoa. The group uses stilts and Butoh performance to explore variations in landscapes through a interactive procession through the desert. The evening also feature Tucson-based performance group Verbobala, featuring new work looking at the history of the Sonoran Desert and colonialism. This night opens with various talks, and interactive tours through the desert.
Oct. 12, 5–8 pm. (ASU - Deer Valley Rock Art Center) Beer/Wine bar $10 all ages; $8 ASU students.


One Journey by Yadira de la Riva Solo-performance by Yadira de la Riva tracing her personal story through immigration, borders, gender, identity, and justice in the United States. Using media and vignette storytelling technique De La Riva’s story is entertaining, thoughtful, and relevant to todays discussion about immigration and identity in the United States.
Nov. 2 – Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center | Nov. 3 – Phoenix Center for the Arts | Ttickes: $10, contact Jenny Strickland


Entre Mujeres Concert  Entre Mujeres is a translocal music composition project between Chicanas/Latinas in the U.S. and Jarochas/Mexican female musicians in Mexico. This project seeks to make the voices, ideas and translocal dialogues between Chicanas and Jarochas visible through the medium of song. Night also features local performance groups La Sola and Shining Sol to open the night with thoughtful music.
Nov. 15, 6–9 pm (Civic Space Park) Free/Families open to the public


Banned Plays: Hungry Woman by Cherrie Moraga In The Hungry Woman, an apocalyptic play written at the end of the millennium, Moraga uses mythology and an intimate realism to describe the embattled position of Chicanos and Chicanas, not only in the United States but in relation to each other. Drawing from the Greek Medea and the myth of La Llorona, she portrays a woman gone mad between her longing for another woman and for the Indian nation which is denied her.
Dec 13–14 (Phoenix Center for the Arts)

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