For its 25th anniversary season, Cara Mía Theatre Co. is bypassing traditional plays for a series of intersectional arts experiences.
The season is titled "Visions of Another World" and is already underway with Dael Orlandersmith's My Red Hand, My Black Hand, a regional premiere co-production with Soul Rep Theatre that's streaming through November 8.
"The past eight months have inspired us to fuse art-making with a vision for transforming our city more than ever," says Cara Mía's executive artistic director David Lozano. "It is only fitting that our 25th anniversary season will mark a major step in our evolution as we plant the seeds for a better world with our vast network of artists, activists, patrons, and partners. During our 25th transformative season, Cara Mía will reimagine what a theatre can be."
Next on November 1 is a Day of the Dead Caravan and GOTV Vigil for Victims of COVID through downtown Dallas, in partnership with League of United Latin-American Citizens. The car caravan, protest, and vigil will also feature large-scale calavera floats, puppets, political theater, and dancing.
Remember. Breathe. Dream. is a contemplative visual arts journey around the Latino Cultural Center that invites you to imagine a new world, featuring work by playwright-in-residence Virginia Grise, Dallas sculptor Andrew Scott, Zen practitioner Dr. Ruben Habito, and storyteller and healer Stefanie Tovar, among artists from Dallas and Los Angeles. It runs November 20-December 13, 2020.
Cara Mía and Teatro Dallas' first ever co-production searches for the roots of theater to ignite the voices of the people in TBD (no...that's actually the name of the show). It runs April 1-25, 2021.
And Latinidades, a festival of indoor, outdoor, and virtual arts and community experiences returns in the spring, May 27-June 13, 2021.
The company is also launching a new initiative to support the visions of independent artists and activists called La Siembra Project. The first two Siembra commission recipients are Jodi Voice Yellowfish and Virginia Grise.
Yellowfish will curate a series of talking circles founded on principles of Native culture and wisdom with the objective of reclaiming one's life from the chaos of the Western world.
Over the next three years, Grise will develop Da Grove: Un Taller for Dreaming, a performance lab with residents from Pleasant Grove designed to collectively imagine and build new worlds into existence.
Cara Mía is also extending its community action programming with a new branch called Community Care. Led by Black, indigenous, and people of color, the vision of Community Care is to make a place for everyone in the circle regardless of race, class, history, wealth, or other perceived barriers. These community circles will focus on the intersection of arts and health, racial healing, mentorship, and activism.
Finally, Cara Mía will additionally offer a diverse array of virtual and safe in-person options to continue reaching over 17,000 young people per year through schools and community centers.