• 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

Join Performance in the Borderlands for our Virtual Fall Season 2020 as we transition our work
to an online format.  During this time, we will continue to center Black, Indigenous, Queer, and Latinx artists and cultural producers.  For the Fall, PIB asks  "What does intimacy feel like in the
virtual world?" Our productions will engage this and other questions in every event.  We will be
back in-person in the Spring 2020 with a unique "Social Distance" performance.

Queering Flamenco

Angelina Ramirez will facilitate an online dance workshop and offer a public lecture about the
legacies of Queerness and LGBTQ traditions in Flamenco dance history and future.

ReFrame Youth Arts Summit

This event will present the culmination of storytelling and performance workshops with youth
of color from South Phoenix who are high school seniors and first time ASU students.  We will
hear their voices and experiences, as well as facilitate online workshops to support their leadership and success at ASU. Join us for a showcase of their work.

Play Readings in a Time of Solidarity

This play readings series centers the voices and politics of playwrights of color who grapple with
identity and borders in their work.  We have invited students and community members to
participate as readers and public scholars during this process.

August: Funnyhouse of the Negro (Adrienne Kennedy)
October: Los Vendidos (Luis Valdez)
Dec: TBA

Link for all events: https://asu.zoom.us/j/7863856087

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