Saturday, September 14, 2013

Video from Yadira De La Riva about 'One Journey,' sponsored by Teatro Vivo at the Mexican-American Cultural Center, October 4 and 5, 2013

A message from Yadira to her Austin audience through

Teatro Vivo Austin TX
One Journey Yadira de la Riva

for its presentation of her

One Journey - Stitching Stories Across the Mexican-'American' Border

Written and Performed by Yadira De La Riva

Multi-Media Design by Kenji Calderon-Miyamoto

Music Contributions by FUGA –

October 4-5, 2013, 8 p.m.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River Street - CLICK FOR MAP 

One Journey is a woman’s coming of age story on the United States/Mexico border cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. This documentary one-woman theater play weaves personal border interviews and creative imagination to convey the generational and cultural differences between a mother and her daughter who are raised on opposite sides of the border.

This story takes place at the El Paso Country Sheriff’s Office where Luz visits her daughter Griselda who is arrested for a drug related crime. Luz, born and raised in extreme poverty conditions in Juarez, is forced to confront the challenges that her daughter’s generation is facing in the United States. Through Luz’s narration of her own struggles she must find a way reconcile her experiences of poverty with her daughter’s cultural and spiritual loss of self that is engendered by internalized anti-immigrant sentiment, border enforcement policies and a saturation of drugs on the border.

This play is a multi-character theater piece that incorporates comedy, poetry, movement, dance, music, and multimedia projections to convey El Paso/Juarez border life and culture. Using minimal props, and video background as part of the setting, Yadira creates the border on which characters negotiate their identities from one nation to another. The play is approximately one hour long and includes ten characters, all which serve to represent different perspectives regarding border dynamics.

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