WASHINGTON, October 16, 2012 – We recently received the following information release from Gala Hispanic Theatre:
GALA Hispanic Theatre will present Amarillo, a multi-media performance piece directed by Jorge A. Vargas and Teatro Linea de Sombra from Mexico. Amarillo will be presented on November 2 and 3, 2012 at 8 pm at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW. This national tour of Teatro Linea de Sombra–which also includes performances in New York, New Jersey and Seattle–is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.
A lone figure departs for Amarillo, Texas, and now his whereabouts are unknown. A woman in the distance reconstructs his body, identity and likely itinerary. Through vivid projected imagery, installation, music and haunting documentary theater, the actors/dancers of Amarillo reconstruct the unknown journey of a man gone missing. As the performers travel imagined landscapes of geography and cultural identity, they manipulate objects and sketch the stage with their actions. The figures in Amarillo have multiple faces, representing hundreds of thousands of identities that form the image of a nation in a continuous exodus, slowly emptying itself and revealing the pain of those left behind waiting eternally for the return of those who vanished.
Performing in the ensemble are Raúl Mendoz, Alicia Laguna, María Luna, Vianey Salinas, Antígona González and Jesús Cuevas. Texts are by Gabriel Contreras, with Scenic design by Jesús Hernández; Light Design and Projections by Kay Pérez; and Sound Design by Rodrigo Espinosa. Original music is by Jorge Verdín-Clorofila, and vocals are Jesús Cuevas.
As part of its community engagement activities, GALA, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts and American University, will present a panel discussion with artists from Teatro Linea de Sombra, GALA staff, and scholars and professors from American University. The topic is entitled Southern Exposure: A Conversation about Creation, Identity and Journeys through Latin American Theater.
Moderated by Ximena Varela, Associate Professor of Arts Management at American University, the panel includes Jorge Vargas, Artistic Director of Teatro Linea de Sombra; Alicia Laguna, Producer and company member of Teatro Linea de Sombra; Abel Lopez, Associate Producing Director, GALA Hispanic Theatre; Robert Albro, Scholar in Residence in the School of International Service, American University; and Javier Rivera, Assistant Professor of Theatre, American University.
Location: Katzen Center, Room 151.
Date: Thursday, November 1, 3-6 p.m.
Reception to follow.
Other community engagement activities associated with this event include a session with youth from GALA’s Paso Nuevo progam at 5 pm on Wednesday, October 31, and a story-telling workshop with day laborers and clients served by the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) at GALA on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m.
For more information about Amarillo, and associated events, visit www.galatheatre.org or call 202-234-7174.
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