PART III:DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence / Sueños y Ausencias
DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence – The final step in this (trip)tych, represents the biggest challenge for us. In conversations and through improvisations, Violeta, David and Roberto have been mapping a structure much like a house made up of glass and mirrors. This is our reality as trans-national artists, and immigrant members of this city, San Francisco, that is being radically, perhaps traumatically, transformed by our local government policies, who welcome with open arms a different kind of immigrant: the young, affluent, tech worker, and de facto forsakes those more vulnerable, often immigrants, the elderly, people of color who rent their homes, and find themselves gentrified out of homes, neighborhood and city. Against this backdrop, our immigrant character will face an ever more challenging redefinition of self, place, home and webs of affinity and affect.
Our goal is to present DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence at Galería de la Raza in the Mission district of San Francisco, a kind of “ground zero,” and main target for the agents of gentrification, in the shape of enormous tech buses, Ellis Act evictions and a skyrocketing cost of living. As the street is where the drama unfolds, we want to take our work there: include local people in the performance and local businesses as non-traditional performance sites. Our hope is that these community settings can be places where the work can be a springboard for dialogue and the construction of memory and inclusion.
In part one, Buried in the Body of Remembrance, our immigrant, makes the difficult decision to leave her home, and faces the reality of parting.
Our main character challenges, reaffirms or struggles to ground herself in a territory quite different from the official cartography.
Our immigrant character will face an ever more challenging redefinition of self, place, home and webs of affinity and affect.