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Performance in the Borderlands: 2016-2017

Spring 2017

April 22 and 23, 2017

"M.A.S." by Milta Ortis and developed by Borderlands Theatre
Time and Location: TBA


March 2017

Flamenco Por La Vida presents "Lluvia Flamenca"
Each year, Performance in the Borderlands supports local producers and performers. Our ongoing partnership with FPLV is in its third year. "Lluvia Flamenca" features international artists who practice and reinvent classic Flamenco dance in Arizona.
Location: ASU PEBE East
Date and Time TBA


DJ Lynnee Denise Event FlyerJanuary 26 - 29, 2017

Thursday, Jan 26: 

Student Jam Session with Lynnée Denise
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Nelson Fine Arts Center
FAC:  B22 (Basement Dance Studio) 

Artist Lynnee Denise leads an interactive experience that includes dialogue about their creative process and the power of transformational interdisciplinary art making.



Also Thursday, Jan 26: 

Public Talk & Demonstration: DJ Scholarship and Musical Activism
7 - 9 p.m.
Monarch Theatre
122 E. Washington, Phx/AZ
Tickets:  Free (Limited seating), Registration Closed

Join us for a Performative salon and gathering with DJ and scholar, Lynnée Denise, to learn about their work with music, history and activism. Lynnée Denise calls her work “DJ Scholarship” to explain DJ culture as a mix-mode research practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences, shifting the public perception of the role of a DJ from being a purveyor of party music to an archivist, cultural worker and information specialist who assesses, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to music determined to have long-term value. 

"DJ Scholarship" is informed and inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée is the product of the Historically Black Fisk University with a MA from the historically radical San Francisco State University Ethnic Studies department. 

Sponsored by:  Theatre & Performance of the Americas


Friday, Jan. 27

Lecture Series:  "Doing Intersectionality" 
1 - 3 pm
West Hall
1st Floor Conference Room 

What does intersectional praxis look like?  Join scholars and practitioners as they discuss practical applications for intersectional frameworks and theories.  Round Table discussion includes:  Lynnée Denise, Dr. Marlon Bailey, Dr. Mako Fitts-Ward and Dr. Nia Witherspoon.  

Sponsored by:  Women and Gender Studies and School of Social Transformation

Fall 2016

November 17 - 20, 2016

"Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country"
In partnership with Mesa Arts Center, "Nogales" is an original theatrical performance that investigates the 2012 killing of Jose Antonio on the US/Mexico border by border patrol. The piece incorporates theatre, media, mask, and community engagement.
Location: Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ


Bi-National Arts Residency - Arizona - October 16-29, 2016October 16 - 29, 2016

Bi-National Arts Residency
Solo-performance artist, Yadira de la Riva, will travel through Arizona and Northern Mexico working with students and communities members to teach theatre as tool for social engagement. The two-week long residency will feature a series of workshop, lectures, performances, and public engagements that bridge the Sonoran Desert.


  • Sunday, Oct. 16 / 7 p.m.:  Meet & Greet (Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center)
  • Monday, Oct. 17 / 6:30 - 9 p.m.:  Public Theatre Workshop (ASU FAC 133) 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 / Morning:  Classroom visits (ASU Theatre for Social Change)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 / 6 p.m.:  Workshop (SouthWest Keys and Lost Boys Association)
  • Weds, Oct. 19 / 7 p.m.:  Public show "One Journey" at Rio Salado Restoration Area 


  • Thursday, Oct. 20 / 7 - 9 p.m.:  Student Workshop (La Pilita Cultural Center) 

Douglas/Agua Prieta

  • The Gift of Performance: A bilingual workshop with Yadira de la Riva
    Join theatre artist Yadira de la Riva as she leads workshop participants through storytelling as a form of community asset mapping. Borrowing from the famed Teatro Campesino’s technique for creating Actos, participants will develop several short dramatic works focused on reclaiming community narratives. Select pieces developed in the workshop will be featured in a binational performance on October 22.
    • Friday, Oct 21, from 9:00-11:00 am
    • Participants will be students at Douglas High School
    • Free of charge
    • Location:
      Douglas High School
      1550 15th St
      Douglas, AZ 85607
      Partners: Border Arts Corridor, Douglas High School, City of Douglas, PIB

  • Binational Performance: TransBorder Hermanx: Regalos (Public Perfomance)
    Join us for an evening of binational performance as a form of gift giving. The evening will feature works produced in a theatre workshop with Yadira de la Riva. Celebrating border culture’s rich history of theatre production as exemplified by Teatro Campesino’s Actos, several pieces addressing the reclaiming of community narratives will be shared and gifted to communities alongside the US/Mexico border. Performances will focus on highlighting the many personal and community assets found in our own backyards, which allow us to re-imagine a future in the borderlands where maintaining a connection to ourselves, to each other and to our landscape is the root of creativity and innovation.
    • Saturday, Oct 22, from 7:00-10:00 pm
    • Free and open to the public
    • Location:
    • In Douglas: International Avenue, Dolores Ave, Douglas, AZ
    • In Agua Prieta, MX: Calle Internacional, Avenida 23, Agua Prieta, Sonora, MX
    • Partners: Border Arts Corridor, Douglas High School, City of Douglas, City of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, PIB

  • Friday, Oct. 21/ 5 - 6 p.m.:  Meet & Greet (Galeano's Cafe) 
  • Friday, Oct. 21 / 7 - 9 p.m.:  Theatre Workshop (AZ ArtWorker)
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 / 7 p.m.:  Public show "One Journey" at the Border Crossing Fence


  • Monday, Oct. 24 / 9 a.m.:  Classroom visit (U of A)


  • Monday, Oct. 24 / 6 p.m.:  TBA

Tohono O'odham Nation

  • Weds, Oct. 25 - Saturday, Oct. 29 

Oasis Installation and Performances Featuring Ana Teresa Fernandez

September 24 - 25, 2016

Featured Arizona Artists:  Raji Ganesan, Rashaad Thomas, Leah Marche, and Liliana Gomez

September 24

Artist Ana Teresa Fernandez unveils her site-specific installation, "Oasis", at the Rio Salado Project in south downtown Phoenix. The work focuses on land displacement, immigration, water usage in the desert.

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, Phoenix, AZ

5 p.m.-7 p.m.


September 25

In conjunction with "Oasis," Performance in the Borderlands commissioned four Arizona artists to develop new work that addresses identity, displacement, and the aesthetics of liberation. We asked them to answer the question, "What does oasis mean to communities whose lives are under attack?" Join us for an evening of performance and dialogue around these critical issues.

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, Phoenix, AZ

5 p.m.-7 p.m.



Martha Gonzalez - Event - ArizonaSeptember 13, 2016

Public Conversation and music demonstration with Grammy Award winner and ASU Gammage Resident Artist, Martha Gonzales.

Producer ASU Gammage Beyond in partnership with ASU Performance in the Borderlands presents:

As a Chicana Artivista, mother, feminista scholar, respected songwriter, percussionist, and lead singer of Grammy-winning East Los Angeles’s Chicano Alternative Rock Band, Quetzal, Martha Gonzalez is gifted in activating the community-building power and potential of music. For almost twenty years, Gonzalez’s efforts bridge translocal and transnational borders that nurture a network of ‘convivencia’- the spirit of making and living life together centered around music making, in particular the music of son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico as practiced through the fandango community. Her scholarship analyzes community music-making practices that debunk commercial and social pressures that often position women to choose between musicianship and motherhood.

Public Panel features:  Liz Lerman, Jaclyn Roessel, Marlon Bailey, and Monica de la Torre"

This program is made possible by ASU Gammage Beyond as part of their residency engagements.

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Mary Stephens
Program Director