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Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta – A Day of the Dead Opera from the Other Side

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Date(s) - 11/03/2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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A multimedia folk-opera, Imperial Silence explores the cultural norms of silence and death in a fearless, north of the border expression of Mexican and Chicanx traditions. The performance fuses dark humored animation with contemporary interpretations of Mexican folkloric dance and traditional Mariachi and Son Jarocho music. The work is an intervention into the long history of tactics used to silence alternative and dissident viewpoints in the United States of America: the “Imperial Silence.”

The opera takes place in four acts, each one representing a phase of the life cycle, as told by muertitos, and involves live musical interpretations of songs such as “El Corrido de Pat Tillman,” “Lamento Desaparecido,” “This is the House that Blacks Built,” “La Llorona,” and others.

  • Director John Jota Leaños
  • Musicians Dolores Garcia, Cecilia Peña Govea, and Kyla Danysh
  • Libretto John Jota Leaños and Sean Levon Nash
  • Animators Luz Cabrales, Tony Coleman, Crystal Gonzalez, John Jota Leaños, Sean Levon Nash, Andrea Vargas and Ivan Wachter
  • Choreographers Joel Valentín-Martinez and Vanessa Sanchez
  • Dancers Jesus Cortes and Vanessa Sanchez
  • Lighting and Technical Director José María Francos

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