The Bi Cultural Road Show was the summation of all the performance offerings during 2013 from Nemcatacoa Teatro and The Carpetbag Brigade. We will presented a mixture of these performances in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and New York during the summer.
During 2013, the Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company from San Francisco, California with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation hosted the Colombian performing arts companies Nemcatacoa Teatro and Hojarasca and Tucson, Arizona’s Verbo•Bala. Together they toured the United States from mid spring through mid autumn. The tour encompassed the border states from California to Texas along with a visit to New York City. The keystone performance of the tour was “Dios de la Adrenalina”, a stilts 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 expanded the understanding and appreciation of Latin Culture beyond the Mexican border by being a living display of creative co-existence that includesd presenting each participating company’s repertory performances, sharing two slide show lectures and conducting a residency program, entitled The Open Society Project that engaged students and artists from the different communities visited by the Bi Cultural Road Show.
Bicultural Road Show Performances
“Dios de la Adrenalina” was the keystone performance collaboration in the 2013 tour and included all the artists from Nemcatacoa Teatro, The Carpetbag Brigade, Hojarasca and Verbo•Bala. The Bi-Cultural Road Show also featured performances and concerts from each company including the ambulant site flexible open air stilts procession “Landscape Reinvention Society” from Nemcatacoa Teatro, Carpetbag Brigade’s deeply aesthetic high level acrobatic stilts 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.
Additionally the artists conducted Lecture Demonstrations:
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 stilts and their use.
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.
And workshops and residencies in acrobatics, stilts, butoh dance, contact improvisation, the voice in action, creative writing, juggling and physical theater.
There were Open Society Projects: a community oriented Performance Residency facilitated by The Carpetbag Brigade, 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 on stilts with the Bi Cultural Roadshow artists culminating in a presentation at downtown Heritage Square; in San Francisco, California with a two week lead stilts intensive workshop culminating in a presentation at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival; in Tucson, AZ with a performance collaboration with world renowned Flam Chen leading into a stilts performance presentation for the All Souls Procession; and in San Antonio, Texas with a stilts workshop leading into a presentation at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center … 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 acrobatic stilt work at the Al Aire Puro Festival hosted by Teatro Taller de Colombia. Both companies specialize in acrobatic stilts and street theater spectacle. The idea was birthed in 2010 to create a collaboration together in which the two companies would visit each other and exchange techniques and build a performance on stilts. In 2011, The Carpetbag Brigade traveled to Colombia to present their stilts 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.
The Creation of “Dios de la Adrenalina” and Bi Cultural Road Show with Carpetbag Brigade (USA) & Nemcatacoa (Colombia)
Documented and created by Adam Cooper-Teràn, these are a series of videos capturing the process of creation and performance of ‘Dios de la Adrenalina” from its birth in 2011 to the premiere tour in the USA in 2013.