Arts PhD Student, Diana Alvarez, Dissertation Performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera

Arts PhD Student, Diana Alvarez, Dissertation Performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera

Date posted: 2017-10-13 15:28:47

Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera is a multimedia performance to honor women, and non-binary, and genderqueer people of color. This performance features original music, poetry, scripts, and documentary video by Diana Alvarez. 

Rituals and recitations by a small performance ensemble will interweave Alvarez’ original songs with her video documentary portraits of women, non-binary, and genderqueer artists of color. These portraits are part of Alvarez’ PhD dissertation, Bridge Artistx: Women, and Non-Binary and Genderqueer Artists of Color at the Forefront of Innovative Arts Practice.

Xicanx curanderismo, Deep Listening Practice (as taught by Pauline Oliveros), and themes of death, motherlessness, political consciousness, and building community/family underpin the rituals embarked on within this piece. 

A staged reading of Quiero Volver will be performed on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College. This performance is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Holyoke Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Northampton Community Television. 

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