Performance Information (& EPK) – Workshop Residency Information – Slideshow Lecture Information – Tour Dates 2013 – Company Histories – Collaboration History
The Bi Cultural Road Show is the summation of all the performance offerings during 2013 from Nemcatacoa Teatro and The Carpetbag Brigade. We will be presenting a mixture of these performances in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and New York during the summer.
The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company from San Francisco, California with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will be hosting the Colombian performing arts companies Nemcatacoa Teatro and Hojarasca. Together we will be touring Tucson, Arizona’s Verbo•Bala in the United States from mid spring through mid autumn. The tour will encompass the border states from California to Texas along with a visit to New York City. The keystone performance of the tour is “Dios de la Adrenalina”, a cross cultural collaboration built and rehearsed in both countries over the last three years featuring all of the Colombian and American artists traveling together.
The Bi Cultural Road Show expands the understanding and appreciation of Latin Culture beyond the Mexican border by being a living display of creative co-existence that includes presenting each participating company’s repertory performances, sharing two slide show lectures and conducting a residency program, entitled The Open Society Project that engages students and artists from the different communities visited by the Bi Cultural Road Show.
Performance Information (& EPK)
“Dios de la Adrenalina” is the keystone performance collaboration in the 2013 tour and includes all the artists from Nemcatacoa Teatro, The Carpetbag Brigade, Hojarasca and Verbo•Bala. The Bi-Cultural Road Show also features performances and concerts from each company including the ambulant site flexible open air stilt procession “Landscape Reinvention Society” from Nemcatacoa Teatro, Carpetbag Brigade’s deeply aesthetic high level acrostilt performance “Callings”, the spoken word image wizardy from Verbo•Bala in the “Sonoran Strange” as well as a full length concert “Hojarasca” presenting contemporary Andean music on traditional instruments and of course the amazing Cumbia dance party Sonidero from Verbo•Bala.
Illuminating the undercurrents and dynamics of globalization Dios de la Adrenalina examines the collectivizing of trauma through hidden economic relationships and the impact of contraband commerce on the human nervous system … EPK (more information)
In the delicate overlap of circus, dance and theater “Callings” weds the grace of modern dance with the raw intensity of physical theater in the spectacle-based format of acrobatic stilts. It examines our superstitious nature of creating meaning and asks us to listen to the world we imbue with the supernatural … EPK (more information)
A society open to dialogue with whomever or whatever is there… A poetic-visual dialog in which reflection and silence acquire a different value beyond the usual. Silent figures move through the streets, plazas and corners, their bodies exploring the architecture and culture … EPK (more information)
Conjuring up the essence of their Antioquian culture with rich harmonies and intricate rhythms, this versatile trio carry their carry audiences up the misty mountain paths into the stories of their homeland … EPK (more information)
Sonoran Strange (Verbo•Bala)
What if the snowbirds donʼt come home to roost, if the tumbleweeds decide to settle down? What if sand shoots from the sprinklers? What if the water runs out? Sonoran Strange provokes dialog about what it means to be an Arizonan living in the stateʼs second one hundred years … more information
Additionally the artists are conducting Lecture Demonstrations entitled “The Tradition of Acrobatic Stiltwalking in Colombia” and “Street Theater in a Society of Conflict” as well as workshops and residencies in acrobatics, stilts, butoh dance, contact improvisation, the voice in action, creative writing, juggling and physical theater.
Workshop Residency Information
The Open Society Project is a community oriented Performance Residency facilitated by The Carpetbag Brigade and Nemcatacoa Teatro. The two companies along with the musical groups Verbo•Bala and Hojarasca will engage the community’s dancers/musicians/spoken word artists/students/stilters to craft material during a two to four week skill building workshop to create a presentaion that becomes part of the landscape Nemcatacoa Teatro encounters in their ambulant presentation “Landscape Reinvention Society” creating a moving metaphor of creative culture in dialogue.
There will be Open Society Projects in Prescott, AZ, in conjunction with Tsunami on the Square’s site specific event “Flourish Before the Flood”; in Flagstaff, AZ with an open call to artists to participate in workshops with the Bi Cultural Roadshow artists culminating in a presentation at downtown Heritage Square; in San Francisco, California with a two week lead in intensive workshop culminating in a presentation at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival; in Tucson, AZ with a performance collaboration with world renowned Flamchen leading into the performance presentation for the All Souls Procession; and in San Antonio, Texas with a workshop leading into a presentation at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center … more information
Slideshow Lecture Information
The Tradition of Stiltwalking in Colombia
A slideshow lecture with stories from different groups of stilters and street theater companies in Colombia, the history of stilwalking and their use … more information
Street Theater in a Society of Conflict
A slideshow lecture with stories and anecdotes from artists who have responded to conflict and violence by using the tapestry of the street as a means for inspiring aesthetics and ethics through street theater … more information
Tour Dates 2013
April 29 – June 3: Arcosanti, AZ
June 3 – June 16: Prescott, AZ
June 18 – June 21: Hopi Reservation, AZ
July 7 – July 10: New York City, NY
July 12 – July 26: Flagstaff, AZ
August 2 – August 25: San Francisco, CA
September 9 – September 21: Albequerque, NM
September 25 – September 28: Penasco, NM
October 2 – October 6: Santa Fe, NM
October 10 – November 2: Phoenix/Tucson, AZ
November 6 – November 24: San Antonio, TX
More information and details of our tour, workshops and performance venues can be found on our calendar
CARPETBAG BRIGADE Physical Theater
Distinctive for its breadth and synthesis of disparate performance modalities and for fostering a sense of psychic intimacy, poetic dialogue, and mythic imagery in their work, the Carpetbag Brigade draws from acrobatic stilts, butoh dance, contact improvisation, and European traditions of physical theater … more information
Named after the goddess who illuminates the action of artisans, Nemcatacoa teatro explores a variety of circus arts as part of their training, primary using acrobatics stiltwalking for their performance work … more information
Verbo•bala explores border identity through nuanced storytelling and digital media, creating performance pieces composed of bilingual poetry, live video projection and sound …more information
The three piece band switches between flutes, drum, strings, percussion and song to evoke and evolve the spirit of music, suspending time and transporting one to the realm where music ebbs and flows with the pulse of the cosmos … more information
The Bi Cultural Road Show has its roots interwoven in the mutual histories of admiration between Nemcatacoa Teatro and The Carpetbag Brigade. In 2005 The Carpetbag Brigade was touring Colombia and presenting their work at the Al Aire Puro Festival hosted by Teatro Taller de Colombia. Each company specialized in acrobatic stiltwalking and street theater spectacle. Upon seeing each other’s works there was an immediate bond. Five years later Nemcatacoa Teatro Director, Nico Cifuentes and actress Alicia Gerstein attended a Stiltasana trainining intensive in California with Carpetbag Brigade Director, Jay Ruby. The idea was birthed at the conclusion of the seminar to create a collaboration together in which the two companies would visit each other and exchange techniques and build a performance. In 2011, The Carpetbag Brigade traveled to Colombia to present their performance “Callings” in a tour hosted by Teatro Taller de Colombia and supported by the US Embassy. Before the tour began the two companies met for three weeks in Carmen de Viboral, Colombia where they exchanged their vocabularies of acrobatic stilts and physical theater. In 2012 they were invited to present a work in progress on their collaboration “Dios de la Adrenalina” at the XIII Iberoamericano Festival in Bogota, Colombia. Following the success of that presentation The Carpetbag Brigade organized five arts organizations in three states to submit a consortium grant for the Southern Exposure program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation which has enabled Nemcatacoa Teatro and their musical colleagues Hojarasca to travel to the USA.
In May of 2013 the four companies will meet for a five week rehearsal period at Arcosanti to finish the rehearsal process on “Dios de la Adrenalina” followed by a national premiere at Tsunami on the Square in Prescott, Arizona with further presentations from June through November at the Hopi Cultural Center, Flagstaff Cultural Partnership, NYC Summerstages, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Nationals Hispanic Cultural Center, Many Mouths One Stomach’s All Souls Procession, El Puente Theater, Wise Fool NM, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.