La Bestia: Sweet Mother dance/theatre piece at IHRAF '18

November 15, 2018 - November 18, 2018
195 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009,
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"La Bestia: Sweet Mother" dance/theatre piece -- written by myself, choreographed by Jessica Chen (J CHEN PROJECT) and Chieh Hsiung, performed by dancers Elizabeth Cowperthwaite and Rafael Sanchez, with actor/spoken word/movement performed by Graceann Dorse -- will receive its world premier for two performances at the International Human Rights Art Festival, at the Wild Project (NY) on Thursday, November 16 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, November 18, 9:30 pm.

"La Bestia: Sweet Mother" is a multi-media theatrical exploration of one immigrant's voyage from her home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras through Guatemala and Mexico and into the desert of the USA, looking for a better life. The piece explores how today’s story of immigration in America, and especially our turning away from our historic welcome of new peoples to this nation of immigrants, echoes timeless themes of “us” and “other,” as told in ancient creation myths, from Babylonia to Egypt to Greece. Those stories — in which violence is presented at the center of creation — offer the underlying themes of the libretto, though taking place around the very real Central American immigrant conveyance, La Bestia freight train. 

This project has been generously supported by grants from the Yip Harburg Foundation (NY) and the Puffin Foundation (NJ).