For her first full season as artistic director, Sorany Gutiérrez is exploring the themes of space, memory, and architecture through a regional premiere, an original commission, and international performances.
Gutiérrez is directing the first show, the regional premiere of Guillermo Calderon's Villa. The slyly surprising and gripping play puts us in the room with three women charged with deciding the future of the Villa Grimaldi, an infamous detention camp of Chile's Pinochet government. It runs October 17-November 2, 2019.
The new year kicks off with the 18th International Performance Festival, featuring three multidisciplinary works from artists based all over the world.
Belonging to No One is a solo piece of physical theater and new circus created and performed by Roberto Diaz from Cologne, Germany. Inspired by the book of poems Conversation in the Dark written by the Colombian writer Horacio Benavides, this work explores the echo of what war leaves behind. It plays January 25, 2020.
Paper Piel is a multidisciplinary experience created by dancers and choreographers Jimena Bermejo and Michael Figueroa, in collaboration with Boston-based musician Chris Brokaw. The work explores the cartography of the body and its relationship to paper, which is tied to the migration of information. It plays February 1, 2020.
Xtabay (La Sombra) is a vanguard, operatic blend of Mayan-goth. A performance based on texts by Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Baudelaire and directed by Eduardo Ruiz Savinon, this original work is presented by Teatro Gotico from Mexico City. Xtabay explores the existence of our alternate, shadow-selves. It plays February 8, 2020.
Gutiérrez directs again in the spring, this time a world premiere original commission by Bernardo Mazon Daher. Cement City is the untold story about the community that constructed Dallas, and is based on interviews, research, and drone footage. The West Dallas neighborhood once known as Cemento Grande comes to life in an immersive experience that explores urban amnesia. It runs March 26-April 11, 2020.
The season closes with Omar Padilla's bilingual Tlali: When We Were Earth, also directed by Gutiérrez. Using puppetry, instruments, and imaginative costumes made from recycled materials, a young boy takes the audience on an interactive journey into ancient roots that reveal how we can care for our greatest treasure: the earth. It plays June 20, 2020.
All performances will take place at the Latino Cultural Center, and more information and tickets can be found at www.teatrodallas.org or by calling 214-689-6492.
A 2019-2020 season kick-off celebration is scheduled for September 19 (which also happens to be North Texas Giving Day) from 6-8 pm at The Wild Detectives.