Teatro Visión Brings International Collaboration to San José
Teatro Visión’s latest world premiere
Raíces: el libro de los caminos – was created in partnership with internationally renowned street theater ensemble La Quinta Teatro
San José’s Latinx/Chicanx theater company Teatro Visión and Mexico City’s acclaimed street theater ensemble La Quinta Teatro are premiering a brand new work, Raíces: el libro de los caminos (Roots: the book of journeys) July 7-17 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
Inspired by the tradition of Mexican street theater, Raíces: el libro de los caminos is a story told through movement, costumes, large-scale objects, and music. It promises to take audiences of all ages, languages, and cultures on a magical journey like no other.
The two theater companies have been working together since 2019 to create Raíces: el libro de los caminos, which focuses on the idea of migration as a boundless journey. Over 100 community members from the Bay Area and Mexico have contributed to the creation of Raíces: el libro de los caminos, through community events, participatory theater workshops, and cross-national conversation circles.
Teatro Visión Artistic Director Rodrigo García explains the importance of this community-based development process, “This new theater work serves as a conduit between communities in California and Mexico to develop a shared understanding about migration. The development process of Raíces: el libro de los caminos is inspired by the collective contribution of the individuals in these communities who have exchanged their individual knowledge to help shape a theater piece that addresses an issue with multiple meanings such as migration, and come up with a common interpretation – migration as a boundless journey.”
The original music for Raíces: el libro de los caminos is composed by acclaimed experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media artist Guillermo Galindo. Galindo’s work redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition, and the intersections between art disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality, and social awareness.
Salomón Santiago, Director of La Quinta Teatro, describes Raíces: el libro de los caminos as,“a visual theater show that seeks to remind us of the need we have as people to explore other horizons. It invites us to remember that human mobility is a constant, important, and enriching activity for the cultures of this world. That beyond being a political and economic problem, it is human action that has allowed us as a species to transcend limits, discover the world, and generate knowledge.”
In addition to paid performances on July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 in the theater at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, there will be special free community showings of Raíces: el libro de los caminos in the outdoor plaza at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on July 10 and 17. A pre-recorded version of the show will also be available for free on demand online from August 1-31.
Attendees at indoor live performances must wear masks and be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Masks and vaccinations are recommended but not required at outdoor performances. Visit www.teatrovision.org/covid for our full COVID policy.
Tickets and Information:
www.teatrovision.org/raices, email@example.com, or 408-294-6621.
Live Performance Venue:
The School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San José, CA 95116
Paid indoor performances: Thursday, July 7 @ 8pm; Friday, July 8 @ 8pm; Saturday, July 9 @ 8pm; Thursday, July 14 @ 8pm; Friday, July 15 @ 8pm; Saturday, July 16 @ 8pm
Free outdoor performances: Sunday, July 10 @ 6pm; Sunday, July 17 @ 6pm
Free on demand: Monday, August 1 – Wednesday, August 31
Indoor performances: choose your own price tickets $10 - $40
Outdoor performances and on demand performances: Free
Raices: el libro de los caminos is created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission; The Map Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature of Mexico; Mosaik Philanthropy; and a grant from the City of San José. Teatro Visión’s operations are supported, in part, by the County of Santa Clara; WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation); National Endowment for the Arts; a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José; SV Creates; Castellano Family Foundation; El Observador; Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Fleishhacker Foundation; Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation; Heritage Bank of Commerce; and the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
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Teatro Visión is a Latinx/Chicanx theater company serving the Latinx and other diverse communities of the Santa Clara Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Teatro Visión’s mission is to create theater rooted in Chicanx and Latinx experiences to inspire the people of Santa Clara Valley and beyond to feel, think, and act to create a better world. Established in 1984, Teatro Visión has commissioned, developed, and produced over 70 plays. In 2019, Teatro Visión received the Legacy Award from Theatre Bay Area for our longstanding service to the field and the community. Learn more at: www.teatrovision.org.