Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras Radical Outdoor Theater on Wheels
Empowering Diverse Immigrant Voices
Since 2009, I have been filming interviews to document our undocumented people under persecution, and their real-life stories inform the docu-theater process that drives some of the most gut-wrenching moments of the Taco Truck Theater performance. I have collected nearly one hundred personal stories of people living in the shadows in the cities of Houston, Tulsa, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Washington, DC.
For our May 2017 debut at Living Arts of Tulsa, we had the opportunity to work with two brilliant poets and Dream Act of Oklahoma (DAOK) activist leaders. Listen to Rich Fisher's National Public Radio interview on his Studio Tulsa program, which featured one of the DREAMERS whose insightful poetic stories informed our Oklahoma shows.
Our goal is to engage other artists in the various communities we visit, and in Minneapolis for the Pangea World Theater May 2018 shows, we are looking to work with a Muslim Somali spoken word poet, a Native American performer, and two DREAMERS.
We aim to empower DREAMERS and diverse immigrant voices across the country, and have them take the Taco Truck Theater stage to perform their personal truths, to reclaim their humanity, and challenge the anti-immigrant hysteria. With immigrant poets and diverse artists in each community, the performance is transformed into an evolving scripted ritual each time, and speaks to the particular Immigration concerns of the city we perform in.
Inspired by Luis Valdez’s legendaryTeatro Campesino shows on flatbed trucks in the 60s and 70s that brought attention to the plight of migrant workers in California with performances in parks and union halls, our ArteFuturo Ensemble rolls out the Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras to cross economical, geographical, and racial borders with a re-purposed truck turned theater--challenging the dehumanization of immigrant communities.
Our theater without borders offers a parallel between Latina/no immigrants dehumanized as "illegal aliens" and the historical struggles of African Americans with a national crisis of police shootings of unarmed black civilians. Engaging a pop-up taco vendor in each community we visit, this radical dinner theater on wheels performance is driven by an eclectic music sound-bed, powerful visual rituals, moving stories, comedic provocations, and poetic truths of a diverse and bilingual collective.
This is performance art as an act of resistance to the pimping of FEAR and pervasive blind nationalism.
Our recent ensemble included New Orleans’ artists Monica “Spirit” McIntyre, cellist, vocalist, and poet, Natalie “La Sirena” Jones, singer, writer, and performer, Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, spoken word poet and activist, Michael “La Bestia” Ward-Bergeman, accordionist and drummer, and featured Darius & Diego Torres-Copeland, singers and performers.
We want to bring our Teatro Sin Fronteras to a hungry barrio near you, and go where no Taco Truck Theater has gone before!
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