Bus Stop Dreaming, MOCA-Tucson (2012)

January 12, 2012

Bus Stop Dreaming is part of Dreams & Silhouettesa multi-disciplinary performance that appears at various community and art events in response to the ongoing deportations of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the city of Tucson. Bus Stop is a collaboration between two award-winning artists – documentary filmmaker Jason Aragon, and performance artist Denise Uyehara – and Pan Left Productions, a grass roots video collective working toward social change. At each new location they will create an expansive moment to remember someone recently deported by the the U.S. Border Patrol.

Bus Stop Dreaming appeared as part of Safos Dance Theater’s “Vignettes”
House of Neighborly Services
243 W 33rd St, Tucson, AZ

Friday, March 22 at 7pm
Saturday, March 23 at 7pm
Admission: $14 suggested donation, $12 seniors/students
and special free matinee for community on Saturday March 23, 1pm
for more info on community matinee and accessibility call (520) 481-1656

Yvonne Montoya and Denise Uyehara, Bus Stop Dreaming, MOCA-TucsonMore on the project

The Uyehara and Aragon work closely with award-winning video/audio artist Adam Cooper-Terán they will project video footage – such as interviews, desert imagery and Border Patrol deportations – onto a slowly moving ensemble as they “migrate” through public spaces.

Instead of reenacting deportations, the ensemble “remixes” everyday movements into a slowly-moving dance that add new information to the scene. Each performance is a poem in motion: layering together memories, image, song, gesture and moving bodies to shed light on the “humanness” of people caught in this ongoing crisis. In addition each performance will involve community members who will recite fragments of poetry, names of those Pan Left, Jason Aragon and Denise Uyehara receive MAP Funddeported, testimony by family left behind, or who perform in the piece, “standing in” for someone who was deported.

Credits: Choreography by Denise Uyehara in collaboration with Yvonne Montoya, video/audio design for Bus Stop Dreaming by Adam Cooper-Terán, based on an interview with Alex by Jason Aragon.  “The Dove” image used with permission © 2009 Ed Braverman.  Photos by JP Westenskow.  Bus Stop Dreaming is supported by the MAP Fund and the P.L.A.C.E. grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council.  Photos taken at MOCA-Tucson.

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