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Jose Torres Tama is on the move again with multidisciplinary projects that explore the immigrant experience, the American Dream mythology and the effects of media on our lives. Cultivating young voices through his “Youth Performance Projects,” he offers African American & Latino teens a creative forum for cross-cultural collaboration and self-empowerment. His “MediaAmerica” intergenerational projects employ performance art as a strategy to critically analyze the media and address the misinformation it generates about the cultural other. His solo shows are hybrid performance art spectacles--informed by bilingual texts, spoken word, visual tableaus, movement and rituals of fire. Catch him at these various projects across the country.

Upcoming Residency & Performance Projects Summer/Fall 2005

Austin, TX: Americans for the Arts Conference
Friday, June 10
“Performance Art as a Creative Strategy for Empowering Marginalized Communities” Keynote Speaker

New Orleans, LA: Ogden Museum of Southern Art
July 5-30
Artist Residency to develop new works on paper
for the “Free People of Color” Series
Panel Discussion “What is Performance Art?” July 10

Arden, NC: Alternate ROOTS Annual Meeting
August 13
“Channeling the Spirits” Performance

New Orleans, LA: Bishop Perry Middle School & Ogden Museum
Sept. 5-30
“Living History Youth Project” a visual & performance project with
Middle school teens exploring the legacy of New Orleans’ “Free People of Color”
Funded by Alternate ROOTS C/APP Grants & the Ogden Museum

New Orleans, LA: Museo Fine Art Gallery
Oct 1-30
Solo exhibit of 3 decades of Mixed Media Drawings
“Images from the Kaliyuga: the Age of Conflict”

Knoxville, TN: Carpetbag Theatre Inc.
Oct. 10-16
“Between the Pen & the Sword” Solo Performance & Youth Workshops
“Show What You Know” Theater Festival and NPN Residency Project

Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Artist in Residence
Oct. 20-30
Performing “Between the Pen & the Sword” & Student Workshops

Madison, WI: The Overture Center for the Arts
Nov. 1-3
Three-day “Youth Residency” and Performances

New Orleans, LA: Ashe Cultural Arts Center
November 7-20
“Self-portraits Drawn and Performed” Residency Project with
African American men trying to reclaim their lives after incarceration
Supported by a grant from the Arts Council of New Orleans
Solo Performances of “Between the Pen and the Sword” from November 10-13


Spring Residencies & Projects 2005

Durham, NC: Duke University February 14-28
Performance Art as a Tool for Social Change

Lecture Feb. 16
Exploring the role of performance artists in the new millennium

In Exile Close to the Equator Solo Performance
Feb. 20
Personal stories of universal truths in the search for the “American Dream”

Youth Performance Project
Teen Show Feb. 27
The youth performance workshops introduce teens to performance art as a creative strategy for cross-cultural collaboration and self-expression.

This residency is sponsored by Duke Performances and Duke’s Office of Community Affairs in partnership with the Lakewood YMCA, Lyon Park Community Life Center, Hayti Heritage Center, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, the Center for Race Relations, Duke Center for Multi-cultural Affairs and Duke’s Latino Studies Program.

New Orleans, LA: State of the nation Performance Festival @ Contemporary Arts Center The Chain Gang Project
Solo Performance March 12
Exploring the criminalization of men of color & the growing prison industry

New Orleans, LA: University of New Orleans
“Performance Art as a Tool for Social Change” Lecture March 15

New Orleans, LA: The Free People of Color: New Works on Paper

Ashe Cultural Arts Center Exhibit from April 17 - May 17
A visual history project celebrating the legacy of a hybrid people

New Orleans: Ashe Cultural Arts Center Channeling the Spirits New Solo Performance
Exploring the heroic legacy of Creoles of color in New Orleans
Sunday, May 15, 2005
(Performance component to accompany art exhibit on “free people of color”)

For Bookings & More Information on Jose Torres Tama’s work
2322 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
ArteFuturo Productions @ 504.948.4607
or e-mail jose(at)torrestama(dot)com

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