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University of Texas at Austin & the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019

2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening

Join the LTC in Austin, Texas for our first convening dedicated to work for young people!

Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019

The 2019 LTC Convening at the 2019 TYA Sin Fronteras Festival gathered artists, scholars, and educators from across the Americas to experience theatre with young people and consider the needs and incredible capacities of Latinx audiences of the future on 24-26 January 2019. The Festival featured productions of five TYA plays from the USA and Latin America. The Convening brought 150 adult participants from across the Americas to experience these five shows with young people in the audience, and learn more about TYA through workshops, panels, discussions, and artmaking events. 

The 2019 LTC TYA Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening was made possible by the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Further support was provided by HowlRound Theatre Commons, Emerson College, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Texas Performing Arts (TPA), Children’s Theatre Foundation of America, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, ZACH Theatre, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sin Fronteras was produced in association with Teatro Vivo and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance.

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The Latinx Theatre Commons presented the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences Sin Fronteras Festival & Convening livestreaming from Austin, Texas on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January 2019.

 

Thursday 24 January 2019

Opening Ceremonies & Blessing (Livestreaming)

7:20 a.m. - 8 a.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 9:20 a.m. - 10 a.m. CST (Austin) / 10:20 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST (New York)

Welcome to the Sin Fronteras Festival and Convening! For this special opening ceremony, we congregate in a circle outside of the Winship Drama Building where members of the Maikan/Garza tribe, Dr. Mario Garza and Maria Rocha, will lead us in honoring their Coahuiltecan ancestors through an opening blessing, followed by Aztec danza from Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli of Dallas, TX. We will then enter the space as a community to hear the goals and inspiration behind this festival and convening, including voices of Latinx youth around whom this event is centered, as well as from festival and convening planners. 

Please note: Out of respect and per the request of our indigenous community, we will not be livestreaming the blessing or the danza outside. During this time, we will be receiving a sacred blessing and acknowledging and honoring the land on which the convening and festival will take place, but we welcome you to join us for the rest of the ceremonies inside the building!

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST

Performance Slot #1

Track A: Cenicienta (Teatro Vivo/Glass Half Full Theatre, Austin, TX, USA)
Track B: Niños que fueron grandes (La Negra Maria Teatro, Santiago, Chile)

 

Brockett Theatre

Payne Theatre

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CST

Post Show #1 Discussions with Youth, followed by Convener Reflection Session

Brockett Theatre, Payne Theatre

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST

Lunch Break

Doty Fine Arts Building

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST

Performance Slot #2

Track A: Niños que fueron grandes (La Negra Maria Teatro, Santiago, Chile)
Track B: Cenicienta (Teatro Vivo/Glass Half Full Theatre, Austin, TX, USA)

 

Payne Theatre

 

Brockett Theatre

Breakout Session: Face to Face with Rising Youth Theatre and Teatro Bravo (Livestreaming)

1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CST (Austin) / 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. EST (New York)

What happens at the intersections of race, class, and age? Face to Face is a new project from Phoenix, AZ based Rising Youth Theatre and Teatro Bravo that brings an intergenerational group of artists together for an inclusive, intensive process of artmaking and critical dialogue. This bilingual workshop will introduce participants to Rising Youth Theatre’s strategies for creating art with young people, not just for young people through a model of intersectional solidarity.

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CST

Breakout Session (Rojo):

Staged Reading of Dulce by Ramon Esquivel: A bilingual play for young audiences (ages 8+) and families, Dulce draws on both magical realism and slapstick comedy to tell a story about cultural identity, intergenerational ties, and learning how to say goodbye. A short talkback will follow the reading.

Archival Show-and-Tell: 100 Years of Latinx Theater: Join us for a tour and presentation of some of the archival holdings of theater groups and playwrights at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America and Latin@ Studies.

LTC Steering Committee Info Session: Interested in learning more about the LTC Steering Committee? Join us for a session led by current Steering Committee members  with plenty of time for questions.

Devise and Conquer: Creative Collaborations in Commissions: Led by Georgina Escobar, this is an interactive laboratory for producers, presenters, and/or playwrights. Through a series of activating "commissioning prompts" (i.e. a climate change play, the reinvented classic, a new musical, a play for schools) this laboratory encourages participants to leave with a set of creative tools and strategies towards the development of new models of artistic collaboration between presenters, the community, and artists.

Various

Plenary #1: Exploring the Roots of TYA in Latin America and the United States (Livestreaming)

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. CST (Austin) / 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST (New York)

Join us for an engaging plenary dialogue as we explore questions such as: What is the historical landscape of Latinx TYA in the USA and TYA in Latin America? What is the current state of the field? How do we define this work? Who is writing, producing, publishing, promoting the work? How is the work funded differently in represented countries? Panelists include Marco Novelo, Miriam Gonzales, José Cruz Gonzalez, CC Casas, and Diana Guizado. Moderated by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce. 

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST

Opening Night Art Sharing: ¡Caleidoscopio!

¡Caleidoscopio! will serve as a lens through which together we will sample, encounter, and explore the diverse Latinx and Latin American Theatre for Young Audiences being offered in the Americas; a space for theatre makers, change makers, and scholars to share 3-5 minutes of their work. Curated by Kim Peter Kovac and the two hosts, UT students Maribel Leola and Juan Leyva, this event is designed to entice and engage us all. Followed by a dessert reception with some of Austin’s favorite treats.

Brockett Theatre

 

Friday 25 January 2019

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST

Performance Slot #3

Coatlicue 2.0: La diosa que vino del aire (Trazmallo Ixinti Company, México City, México)

Payne Theatre

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CST

Post Show #3 Discussion with Youth, followed by Convener Reflection Session

Payne Theatre

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

Lunch Break

Doty Fine Arts Building

1:00 p.m. CST - 2:30 p.m. CST

Performance Slot #4, Track A: Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin (FEMelanin, Chicago, IL, USA) - followed by a post show discussion with Youth, followed by Convener Reflection Session

Track B: Breakout Sessions (Verde)

Staged Reading of Oyeme by Miriam Gonzales: Commissioned by Imagination Stage in Washington DC for ages twelve and up, this play tells the story of Laura and Valentina, refugees from Central America, who have fled brutal violence in their home countries to find shelter and pursue their dreams in the United States. Óyeme, the beautiful brings to light the undaunted courage and beautiful spirit that fuels these young people, and teaches us the power of friendship, family, and hope.


Archival Show-and-Tell: 100 Years of Latinx Theater: Join us for a tour and presentation of some of the archival holdings of theater groups and playwrights at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America and Latin@ Studies.

Various

Plenary #2: Producing Latinx TYA in our Theatres and Communities (Livestreaming)

1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CST (Austin) / 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. EST (New York)

How can theatre companies support one another in producing Latinx TYA? What kinds of stories are resonating with our young people? Where do we still have to go, and how can we get there? This dialogue will explore present challenges, successes, and strategies from producers, artistic directors, directors, playwrights, and advocates of Latinx TYA. Participants will be invited to share strategies that have worked in their own theatres and communities. Panelists include Rupert Reyes, Ramón Esquivel, Crystal Mercado, and Nat Miller. Moderated by Emily Aguilar.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST

Track A: Breakout Sessions (Verde)
(Un)Documents: Performing Migrant Childhoods: In this "infor-mance," Jesús I. Valles performs excerpts from (Un)Documents, a solo show tracking the performer's journey from one side of the border to the other and what we lose and learn along the way.  In doing so, Valles creates a new kind of documentation written with anger, fierce love, and the knowledge that what makes us human can never be captured on a government questionnaire. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Rudy Ramirez and Jesús I. Valles on what it means to perform migrant childhoods on stage and in the high school classroom.

Track B: Epic Tales from the Land of Melanin (FEMelanin, Chicago, IL, USA) - followed by a post show discussion with Youth, followed by Convener Reflection Session

Various

Breakout Session: Palabras Del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences Book Session (Livestreaming)

2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m. CST (Austin) / 5:45 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST (New York)

Led by author Jose Casas, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, this community dialogue will engage scholarship, productions, access, and issues of diversity in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

 

Saturday 26 January 2019

10: 30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Performance Slot #5, Track A: Tomás and the Library Lady (Childsplay, Phoenix, AZ, USA)

Track B: Breakout sessions (Azul)

Learning from the ProyectoTeatro Youth Company: ProyectoTeatro's Youth Company will present a part-workshop, part-performance session that will reflect on the value of nurturing devised theatre practices in culturally-relevant spaces. Youth Company members will lead an interactive session that will demonstrate the creative process they use to create engaging theatre for young audiences. Youth Director, Luis Ordaz Gutiérrez, will contextualize the pieces performed and elaborate on the importance of theatre-making in Spanish as it relates to the young company members and to the Latino community at large.


Dialogue/Diálogos: The Long Road Today: Playwright José Cruz González will share his two-year bilingual theatre project Dialogue/Diálogos: The Long Road Today that gathered stories from the Santa Ana Latino community (Orange County, CA) and then turned those stories into a major theatrical work involving the community to tell its own story and to find healing through sharing it.

MACC Auditorium, Various

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST

Lunch Break

MACC Zócalo

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST

Performance Slot #5: Track B: Tomás and the Library Lady (Childsplay, Phoenix, AZ, USA)

Track A: Breakout Sessions (Azul)

LTC Steering Committee Info Session: Interested in learning more about the LTC Steering Committee? Join us for a session led by current Steering Committee members  with plenty of time for questions.

The Mask y el juego: The Dynamics of Mask Performance: David Lozano of Cara Mía Theatre will introduce participants to fundamental principles of performing with masks with emphasis on awareness, physical dynamics and the corporeal language of the mask, all leading to “el juego teatral”, a non-realistic approach to performance. Some participants will have the opportunity to apply the principles to a demonstration of a mask. We will also discuss how Cara Mía uses masks in their productions both for young and adult audiences.

Various

Breakout Session: Festival Interprepas Tijuana Hace Teatro (THT): Experiencias del teatro en la frontera que han empoderado la voz de los jóvenes (Recording will be available)

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST (Austin) / 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST (New York)

Presentado por Jesús Quintero y Ramón Verdugo, esta sesión discute cómo el Festival Interprepas THT y las producciones de “Tijuana Hace Teatro” han buscado durante nueve años un acercamiento con los jóvenes de la región. Esta sesión será presentada en español.

Festival Interprepas Tijuana Hace Teatro (THT): Theatre on the border empowering the voices of young people:

Led by Jesús Quintero and Ramón Verdugo, this session discusses how the Festival Interprepas Tijuana and the productions of Tijuana Hace Teatro have worked for nine years to establish a relationship with the young people of the border region. This session is presented in Spanish.

Closing Ceremonies (Recording will be available)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST (Austin) / 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST (New York)

To conclude our convening, we will meet in a circle outside on the grounds of the Mexican American Cultural Center. The full group of dancers from Miltotiliztli Yaoyollohtli will offer Aztec danza concluding our three-day celebration. Conveners will have a moment for reflections and words of gratitude with a final closing by our Coahuiltecan elders.

Please note: Out of respect and per the request of our indigenous community, we will not be livestreaming the blessing or the danza outside. We welcome you to join us for the rest of the ceremonies inside the building!

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST

Closing Night Party

MACC Auditorium, Black Box, Zocalo

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