“How can we remember what we have not lived? How can we answer questions that did not belong to us but suddenly do? How can we get our bodies to congregate, to gather in a specific encounter without mourning, without storm?” – Gabriel Yépez
The bar La Brisa was infamous in Ciudad Juárez in the 1990s as a haven of cultural resistance and fierce activism. It was run by a group of known prostitutes who committed their resources to AIDS prevention and awareness, until the bar was burned to the ground by vandals. The motivations for the attack remain unclear, but the tragedy is part of a chain of sinister events that marked the start of a new national reality, dominated by unprecedented criminal, military and political violence. The women who founded the bar are now untraceable. They have disappeared.
In a work that resists the conventions of both dance and theater, director Tamara Cubas and her cast of four women excavate an elusive history, offering different and diverse ways of approaching the body, locating memory and articulating experience. Using rhythm and task, La Brisa conjures the bar’s culture and its community—poets, writers, musicians and artists of all forms, who mingle among the city’s many transients—in a visually arresting performance that grapples with a constantly shifting narrative, and an historical site now lost.
La Brisa is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 8:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 14, 8:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 15, 6:00pm