September 18, 2011
We are pleased to announce…
Pan Left Productions, Jason Aragon and I have been awarded a MAP Fund to create an evening of outdoor, multi-media “micro-performances” at sites of deportation in southern Tucson. The audience will view the performances from inside cars as driver takes them from site to site on this three-mile journey.
Bus Stop Dreaming is inspired by interviews Jason is currently conducting with immigrants as he covers the ongoing deportation crisis in Tucson, AZ, a city just 70 miles north of the US-Mexico border. Jason volunteers with Migra Patrol/Copwatch — hey, someone’s gotta police the police. He tapes South Tucson police as they stop people going about their business in public spaces (driving, walking, sitting at the bus stop) and when they subsequently call in Border Patrol to deport them — right there on street corners. This project works closely with Pan Left Productions and the grassroots organization Derechos Humanos to gather stories from the community. I’ll choreograph an ensemble that performs at selected public sites of deportation. Engaging in pedestrian and butoh-inspired movement, the performers’ bodies will also serve as a canvas onto which video footage—testimony, clouds, dreams, desert landscapes, and urban crisis—will unfold.
Project interviews begin in the spring of 2012; outdoor free performance in October 2012.