BORDER TRIP[tych] / TRIP[tico] de la frontera is a three-part collaborative performance art project about an immigrant’s journey from El Salvador to the United States. Incorporating music, text, and live and prerecorded video, the collaborators are creating each section of the work as a standalone performance, then weaving the three together for a final presentation. Collectively the project encompasses the literal and metaphoric journey faced by an immigrant, from departure to arrival at her new country of residence.
The first section, Buried in the Body of Remembrance / Enterrada en el cuerpo del recuerdo, was presented in 2010 in Argentina and Los Angeles. The second performance panel, A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time / Esquirlas de tiempo presente, presents a ritual/visual narrative focused on a migrant’s journey as she leaves her home in Latin America and arrives in the U.S. searching for a better life. Continuing the work that began with the first panel, this second installment follows the difficult path of the woman as she migrates north, asking the audience to rethink prevalent stereotypical images of immigrants in our society.
2011: BORDER TRIP[tych] / TRIP[tico] de la frontera receives support from the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund
2010: The first iteration of BORDER TRIP[tych] / TRIP[tico] de la frontera is performed at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco