Collection Title: El Teatro Campesino collection
Title: Solidarity por vida
Date: 2001 Apr
Location: Performed in San Isidro, Mexico (on the border of San Diego, CA) in Apr. 2001.
El Teatro Campesino, producer ; Kinan Valdez, director, writer ; Luis Juarez, writer ; Mino Valdez, music.
Gustavo Manrique, Mary Mendoza, Jeremiah Martinez, Luis Juares, Kati Valdez, Anahuac Valdez, Lakin Valdez, Kinan Valdez, Ralfas.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:14:42
Language: English
Synopsis: Founded in 1965 by Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino was initially the cultural wing of the United Farm Workers union in California's central valley. With a pointed political mission, ETC performed their actos in the fields, agitprop improvisations communicated eloquently with the workers, who could neither read nor write, but recognized themselves and their values in the actos. By 1970 ETC had gained an international reputation, with major contributions to Chicano culture in the U.S. and to the development and expansion of the boundaries of theater everywhere. Theirs is a popular theater rooted in the American streets, early California history, Mayan/Aztec mythology and Mexican folklore and spiritualism, all geared toward expression of social, political and cultural perceptions. This video documents their piece Solidarity por Vida. Like Power to the People, this piece takes after the original ETC tradition of performing actos in the fields of Delano, California during the farmworkers strikes during the 1960s. It represents ETCs newer generations interpretation of the acto style and was created through the structured writing of Kinan Valdez and Luis Juarez in addition to improvisational methods involving the cast. Solidarity por Vida deals with issues of migration, border crossing and the militarization of the Mexican-American border (particularly in Arizona) during the beginning of 2001. The plays theme would prove to be prophetic, having been written before the issue garnered major media attention in 2006. This production was performed outdoors in San Isidro, Mexico on the border of San Diego, California in April 2001, in the context of a day-long program of political performance that brought together multiple performance groups including ETC.
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Copyright Holder: El Teatro Campesino
Contact: Luis Valdez
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