In a performance 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.
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.
La Brisa is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES EXCHANGE [LAX] FESTIVAL
The Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival launches its fifth year of programming with a practice of exchange at its core. This year's festival builds on an exchange with artists and organizations in Mexico City, with three projects with creative roots in MEX as part of the core program. Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival runs from October 5-15, 2017 at the Bootleg Theater and Automata, with events at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
Tickets are $12-$45 and can be purchased online at here for the festival. Series passes are also available.
For tickets at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) performances click here or on the button above!
* $2 for every ticket sold to La Brisa, an integral project within the exchange, will benefit local efforts in Mexico City through the partnering organization La Teatreria.
Thursday Oct. 12th: 8:30 PM
Saturday Oct. 14th: 8:30 PM
Sunday Oct. 15th: 6:00 PM
October 12th - 15th, 2017