A quick correction to the schedule for "Disposable: Ciudad Juarez and the War on Women." The artist talk, originally announced for Thursday is actually tomorrow, Wednesday the 15th at 6:30 pm. It follows a play on the same topic, One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican “American” Border.
About the play:
One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican “American” Border is a woman’s coming of age border story that takes place in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. This play is loosely based on personal experiences both of family and community members that have given their insight on border dynamics that have affected them. Through the progression of the story the narrator begins to question the politics of the border, especially when the severity of policies begin to affect her family through violence, deportation and femicide amongst other issues she witnesses. The goal of this performance project is to shed light on border realities and how people are affected by U.S./Mexico economics and immigration policies today.
About The Artist: Yadira De La Riva is a poet/playwright/performer/educator from the U.S./Mexico borderland of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a B.A. in American Studies with two minors in Theater Arts and Latin American Studies. In 2002 she was an intern for Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she had the privilege of working with Augusto Boal and directors of CTO-Rio. Yadira has worked with artists such as Josephina Lopez, Violeta Luna, Octavio Solis and Don Williams and has performed in various multicultural community venues throughout the Bay Area, California. She has also taught theater workshops for young people in California, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil and currently teaches in various schools throughout NYC. Yadira recently obtained her Master’s Degree in Artivism: Performance as a means of Cultural Resistance, at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she was a Newington-Cropsey Fellow. As her thesis she presented a one-woman show One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican “American” Border, which was performed as part of the Emerging Identities Solo Performance Collaborative, Emerging Artist Theater: One Woman Standing Theater Festival and Gallatin’s Master’s Thesis Showcase in Spring 2010 in New York City. Yadira is an intellectually fierce and multi-faceted performer whose passion is to create/perform/produce performances that represent and empower marginalized voices nationally and internationally.
Also a few photos of some of the other work in the exhibit. (Amia Yokoyama, Hayden Dunham, Chris Nolan)