Documentary Performance Work About Mexican Border Town at MASS MoCA

Scene from 'Juárez: A Documentary Mythology'

Scene from ‘Juárez: A Documentary Mythology’

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Theater Mitu’s multimedia performance work “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology,” which explores the juxtaposition of neighboring border communities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas — one a hot zone of the drug cartel wars, the other the self-proclaimed “Safest Large City in America” – will be staged at MASS MoCA on Saturday, December 3, at 8pm.

Led by Juárez-born and -raised founding artistic director Rubén Polendo, Theater Mitu’s company members condensed hundreds of hours of interviews and field recordings from both cities. Drawing on their research, “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology” illuminates the region’s memories, hopes, and fears.

Based on the disparate lifestyles of “murder capital of the world” Juárez, Mexico, and its neighboring town on the U.S. and Mexico border, El Paso, Texas, Theater Mitu has developed a piece that draws upon the communities’ “memories from the past, both recent and distant, and hopes for the future, near and far.” Incorporating real citizens’ interviews on audio and video, “Juárez” creates a multimedia environment engrossed in the authentic issues and emotions of these border towns. As its story unfolds, “Juárez” confronts hardship and struggle directly, ultimately turning the tides and leaving the viewer with cautious optimism.

The New York-based theater company, Theater Mitu, commits to creating, developing, and presenting a theatrical work that “transliterates a wide variety of performance traditions,” incorporating installation, projection, music, movement, and documentary elements into its theater productions. Driven by a concept it calls “whole theater,” Theater Mitu presents experiences that are “rigorously visual, aural, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual all in the same moment.” The company’s work has been recognized by the Sundance Institute, among others, and the MASS MoCA staging follows a two-week run of shows at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in California.

Scene from 'Juárez: A Documentary Mythology'

Scene from ‘Juárez: A Documentary Mythology’

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