'Juarez: A Documentary Mythology' at LATC explores stories of US/Mexico border

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'Juarez: A Documentary Mythology' at LATC explores stories of US/Mexico border

Time: October 27, 2016 at 8pm to November 13, 2016 at 3pm
Location: Los Angeles Theater Center
Street: 514 S. Spring Street
City/Town: Los Angeles, CA 90013
Website or Map: http://wwwthelatc.org
Phone: 866-811-4111
Event Type: multi-media, theatre, event
Organized By: Lucy Pollak
Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2016

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Internationally renowned New York City-based experimental theater company Theater Mitu explores the history, contradictions and mythology of the ever-complicated landscape of the US/Mexico border in a uniquely theatrical multi-media event. Led by Juárez born-and-raised artistic director Rubén Polendo, the company brings Juárez: A Documentary Mythology to LATC for a limited 3-week engagement takes place Oct. 27 through Nov. 13.

Juarez: a Documentary Mythology incorporates verbatim transcripts garnered during a three-year series of interviews and investigations to create an artful yet devastating portrait of two cities — Cd. Juárez, which emerged in 2008 as the “Murder Capital of the World,” and, directly across the border, El Paso, TX, named the “Safest Large City in America.” Gangs, cartels, corruption, NAFTA, femicide, the War on Drugs, familial honor, mythology and hope all appear in stories collected from parents, politicians, artists, activists, factory workers, journalists, professors and more. Mitu’s stylized, inventive take on documentary theater draws on their own Whole Theater methodology and pairs it with engaging research material – augmented by audience engagement with the project’s interview archive and a multimedia art installation drawn from the same materials.

“A lot of our work deals with theatricalizing belief systems, spiritual questions and mythology,” Polendo explained in an interview with the San Francisco Examiner. “When you hear a complicated story, there’s a desire to simplify it and make it a metaphor for good vs. evil or something of the sort. We hope with this theater piece to move closer to looking at one of those really rich complex Greek mythologies that is riddled with all the goods, bads and gray areas of humanity.”
A NY City-based experimental theater company, Theater Mitu is a permanent group of collaborators committed to expanding the definition of theater through methodical experimentation with its form. Driven by a theory it calls “Whole Theater” — defined as a theatrical experience, which is rigorously visual, aural, emotional, intellectual and spiritual all in the same moment — the company investigates global arts practice as a source for its research, training, laboratory and creation methodologies. Mitu’s work has been developed and presented at theatres around the world.  


Performances of Juárez: A Documentary Mythology take place on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Oct. 27 through Nov. 13. Tix range from $24$38. LATC is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. For info and tix, call (866) 811-4111 or go to www.thelatc.org.               


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