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Virginia Grise & Martha Gonzalez — Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind Performance Lecture

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Mon, Oct 17 – Fri, Oct 21
Performance Lecture Thu, Oct 20 | Bass Concert Hall Stage | 7:30 pm

As the culmination of her one-week residency at Texas Performing Arts, writer Virginia Grise invites the audience into her creative and collaborative process. Together with musical director Martha Gonzalez, they will discuss the evolution of their latest project, Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind, inspired by Helena María Viramontes' epic novel Their Dogs Came with Them. From sharp shooters to earthmovers, roaming dogs, helicopters in the sky, quarantines and men that fly, the performance lecture chronicles the page-to-stage process of adapting the novel in a medium security women's prison in Goodyear, Arizona with a team of collaborators from both inside and outside the prison and the site-specific staging of the play under the I-19 Freeway in Tucson, Arizona with a community cast of scholars, organizers and actors. The artists will give a sneak peek into the songs currently being created for the concept album Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind as they grapple with the question: can art set our people free?

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Virginia Grise and Martha Gonzalez’s residency at Texas Performing Arts is supported in part by Adam and Carol Wagner

Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University, Cornell University’s Department of English and Critical Race Theory Series, Las Maestras Center for Xicana[x] Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice at UC Santa Barbara, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and NPN with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons. 

This performance lecture, developed in residence at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, is a project of a todo dar productions and has been made possible in part, through the sponsorship of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.