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.
Violeta Luna (Actress / Performance Artist / Activist) work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement. Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Born in Mexico City, Luna obtained her graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro, UNAM and La Casa del Teatro. She has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa, and USA. She is currently a Creative Capital Fellow, a member of the Magdalena Project of International Women Performance Artists, and an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados. www.violetaluna.com
David Molina has composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and designed sound for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, television, and multimedia productions for the past 19 years. Recently he has been inventing and building instruments from salvaged materials. These instruments become part of interactive, multimedia installations displayed at galleries and festivals, and he last presented a solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013,) He has worked with numerous bay area theatre companies, performing arts venues, educational institutions, and with several regional companies and organizations throughout the U.S. He has performed and had his music featured internationally as well. His music and bands Ghosts and Strings, Transient, Earthlike, and Impuritan are available on Resting Bell (Berlin,) Dorog Records (Peru,) Black Note Music (USA,) Distant Spore (USA,) or through his own D.I.Y. releases. http://drmsound.com
Roberto Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His creative work and writing focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. His stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of plays by Latin@/Chican@ authors such as Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrié Moraga, and José Rivera. His socially-engaged practice includes the founding and artistic direction of Soapstone Theatre Company, a collective of male ex-offenders and women survivors of violent crime, El Teatro Jornalero!, a performance company of Latin American immigrant workers, and the performance artist’s collective Secos & Mojados, which engages with issues of migration, transnationalism, and displacement. Roberto is a regular contributor and guest editor to journals in performance, politics, and peacebuilding and is co-editor and co-author of the two-volume anthology Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict (New Village Press, Oakland – NYC). Varea is a founding faculty member of the Performing Arts and Social Justice Program at the University of San Francisco, where he also serves as co-director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA).