Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Upcoming: I Was Born Here, Bilhaus Arts, San Antonio, from March 24

Found on-line:

Bihl Haus v. the Alamo

“I was born here”

a multi-media tableau

opening reception on Thursday, March 24, 6-9 p.m.

Bihl House Arts, inside Primrose Housing estates, 2800 block of Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio (click for map)

For the fifth year in a row, Bihl Haus Arts, built from Alamo stone, takes on The Alamo through the arts. In the multi-media tableau “I Was Born Here. Roses are yellow and the Alamo is a blood-tree” produced by Bihl Haus Arts, creator Virginia Grise (2010 Yale Drama Award recipient) re-imagines “Remember El Alma,” Bihl Haus Arts’ crucially acclaimed 2010 Luminaria performance.

The original poem by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, also titled “Remember El Alma,” forms the cornerstone of “I Was Born Here,” a recurring poignant line in the poem that has been reinterpreted in multiple forms for this event. In a new film, edited by Mirasol Riojas, currently a PhD candidate in film at UCLA, with camerawork by award-winning cinematographer Pocha Pena and art direction by Virginia Grise, 6-year-old Inez Barrera charmingly interprets the poem from a child’s point of view In the live performance at Bihl Haus on March 24th, an ensemble cast--Marisela Barrera, Monique Cortez, Natalie Goodnow, and Olupero Aiyenimelo—will re-stage the poem to haunting melodies composed and performed live by Rachel Cruz, PhD.

This live production will be set amid a new site-specific installation by Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez that features four large-scale painted tapestries depicting goddesses who symbolize the cardinal directions, with which Bihl Haus Arts aligns perfectly. Fresh flowers and fronds will transform the gallery space into a dreamlike world situated beneath a canopy of shimmering metallic-toned branches and boughs.

This all-female production, an official CAM event, also celebrates Women’s History Month. Please arrive at Bihl Haus by 7 pm to enjoy the full performance. A suggested donation of $5 at the door would be greatly appreciated.

Remember the Bihl Haus!

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