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Secos y Mojados is a San Francisco based collective focusing their work on immigrant narratives and explorations of interdisciplinary performance. Spanish for “the dry ones and wet ones,” their name is inspired by the effect that clandestine border crossings, through deserts, rivers and sea, have on the body of the migrant, but are interested in “border crossings” of any kind, ultimately relating to the interconnectedness of identities and places. Secos’ artists embark on the practice of performance grounded on their experiences in theater, music, and performance art, moved by the realization that all creative disciplines are unique and also share common principles, and set out to research the connections that exist between them, and the social reality where they, and us, live and resonate. Their work aims to develop a language for a more nuanced expression of the place that “the migrant” occupies in an inclusive social imaginary.

We are Secos y Mojados, a San Francisco based collective focusing our work on immigrant narratives and the exploration of interdisciplinary performance. Our name evokes the effect that clandestine border crossings, through deserts, rivers and sea, have on the body of the migrant. We are all trans-national immigrants: Violeta Luna, performance artist; David Molina, musician, composer and Roberto Varea, stage director and dramaturg. Individually, and in different combinations, we have been making art in the Bay Area for over 20 years.

Born in Mexico, Violeta’s work focuses on the construction of a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of esthetics and conceptual borders. She uses her body as a territory, approaching, questioning, and commenting on social and political phenomena; David submerges himself in his own Salvadoran and South and NorCal cultural roots, as he composes music and soundscapes that reflect his contemporary, urban identity, exploring mediums ranging from acoustic to electronic instrumentation and field recordings; A native of Argentina, Roberto’s work is aligned with a rich tradition of socially engaged and community-based theater, experimental new play development, as well as conceptual inquiry and publication in the field of peacebuilding performance.

Much is being said and written about immigration, but rarely do immigrants ourselves self-define creatively our own identity-boundaries in public forums. Secos y Mojados is an experimental laboratory where we can undertake not only the development of contextual frameworks but also of our own expressive content.

Our creative process is driven by techniques that juxtapose, clash, and layer the individual “self-expressive” output of the group’s members.

The immigrant’s paradigm as “border crossers” applies to our work across disciplinary boundaries where none of us “rules” over his or her area of expertise, but rather leads the rest of the group like a kind of performance coyote through a permeable creative territory.

As a result of our first explorations, we conceived a three-part performance art project currently under development, which we have called BORDER TRIP(tych) / TRIP(tico) de la frontera.

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We are Secos y Mojados, a San Francisco based collective focusing our work on immigrant narratives and the exploration of interdisciplinary performance. Our name evokes the effect that clandestine border crossings, through deserts, rivers and sea, have on the body of the migrant.