• crowd spectates as a woman dances in the middle of the circle

    Performance in the Borderlands

    We undertake special initiatives to advance the mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region.

  • Performance in the Borderlands

    We undertake special initiatives to advance the mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region.

  • Performance in the Borderlands

    We undertake special initiatives to advance the mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region.

  • Sun shines as the finishing touches are put on the structure

    Performance in the Borderlands

    We undertake special initiatives to advance the mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region.

  • men and women performers with black and white face paint in borderlands performance in the desert

    Performance in the Borderlands

    We undertake special initiatives to advance the mission of serving as a beacon for the cultural, artistic and educational resources in the region.

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Performance in the Borderlands

Performance in the Borderlands is a presenting, public programming and education initiative dedicated to the understanding and promotion of cultural performance in the borderlands. Our work posits the borderland as a conceptual landscape that embodies political and identity borders. The diversity of cultures, histories and artistic traditions in the borderlands inspires new ways of thinking about performance and art, which open new meanings for identity and social engagement.

We advocate for local, national, and international artists and fund performances, lectures, workshops and social engagements for community members and students. Key to our work is the curation of diverse representations of performance, which include theatre, dance, visual art and media. We cultivate “spaces of generosity” where artists, students, and community members come into critical proximity to experience, collaborate and talk about arts and politics in ways that foster intimacy and idea exchange.

Upcoming Events


Jeff Chang in Conversation

Sept. 11 and 12, 2018

Poster for Jeff Chang event 

Performance in the Borderlands and Southwest Folklife Alliance are thrilled to bring author Jeff Chang back to Arizona to work with creative and organizing communities to ask ourselves: What is the role of arts and culture to advance the work of racial and social justice in Arizona? Over the course of two days, Chang will share space with a dynamic group of cultural workers and community organizers to imagine a more equitable Arizona. In this visit, we have centered the critical cultural and artistic leadership of women of color and communities of color using art to impact radical social change in the borderlands.  

Performative Panel: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Civic Space Park/ AE England Building  
Join the Hip Hop Cluster and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy for a performative panel discussion and movement facilitation on the relationship between art, social impact and public policy using hip hop as a lens for social transformation. Register

Race & Resegregation Panel: 7–8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Eastlake Park 
Join LISC Phx and InSite Consultants as they host a public panel with community organizers and leaders to discuss the continued impact of race and resegregation along the south Phoenix light rail and the opportunities to reimagine a more equitable development model. Register

As the vice president for Narrative and Visual Culture for Race Forward, Jeff Chang is continuing his long career specializing in culture, politics, the arts and music. His first book, Can't Stop Won't Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award. He also edited the book Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop. His book Who We Be: The Colorization of America was published in October 2014 to critical acclaim (published in paperback in January 2016 under the title Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America). In September 2016, he published his fourth book, a set of essays entitled We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

 

In collaboration with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, ASU Hip Hop Cluster, LISC Phoenix, InSite Consultants

Free and open to the public

 

Virginia Grise

Oct. 9 and 10, 2018

From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa — Virginia Grise writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops and lesbian bedrooms. As a curator, artist and activist she has facilitated organizing efforts amongst women, immigrant, Chicano, working class and queer youth. She has taught writing for performance at the university level, as a public school teacher, in community centers, women’s prisons and in the juvenile correction system. She holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she still writes plays about Tejas.

This is a Manifesto: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8 at Palabras Spanish Bookstore
This is a Manifesto is a writing workshop with Grise. Limited space for the workshop. Free.

Your Healing is Killing Me: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Valley Bar in Phoenix
“Your Healing is Killing Me” is a performance manifesto based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers and bourgie dermatologists. One artist’s reflections on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, ansia, and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings, the master cleanse and Kickstarter-funded self-care. Capitalism is toxic but The Revolution is not in your body butter. Tickets for the book reading and signing are $5. Purchase tickets



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Sample Performances

Desierto Remix: Performance in the Desert

Desert Sightings: Performance in the Borderlands

Bocafloja

Have Questions

Mary Stephens
Program Director
Mary.Stephens@asu.edu