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Cara Mía Presents A Contemplative Visual Arts Journey


by Gila Espinoza 8 Dec 2020 9:00 PM

Most people know Cara Mía Theatre Company as one of the two Latinx resident theater companies at the Latino Cultural Center. During COVID, they are shifting focus a bit, exploring different ways to create art.

Cara Mía’s latest production is the company’s first-ever visual arts exhibition and this is your last weekend to catch it.

Remember. Breathe. Dream. Dec. 10-13. 2600 Live Oak Street. Details.

Remember. Breathe. Dream. is a multi-media installation series that spans the entire footprint of the Latino Cultural Center complex. It’s a contemplative visual arts experience with each installation offering points of reflection, said David Lozano, the company’s executive artistic director.

“People will have the opportunity to think about their personal histories, cultivate presence in this very moment, and envision a better world through a variety of multimedia installations.”

“Agape” by Andrew F. Scott. Photo by Roxanne Minnish.

They will also get to experience the Latino Cultural Center in a new way, said Lozano. To maintain safety protocols,  attendees will follow a one-way path, starting outside the Center, weaving into and throughout the building, and ending outside again. A new entrance was even created to ensure there would be no congestion and keep traffic flowing.

There are five multimedia installations:

Stefanie Tovar is a performing artist, spiritual activist, aspiring yogini, and recording artist.

Storyteller and healer Stefanie Tovar worked with the building design company Zero Productions for her three installations, Sacred Places. The first one invites visitors to Remember the past and the native people who lived on this land before us.

The second installation, Breathe, is a contemplative practice that offers patrons the opportunity to think about and be in the present.

Dream, Tovar’s third installation, is a chance for visitors to envision what their future could be and to contribute to a community installation. Tovar’s Sacred Spaces anchor the two other larger installations.

Virginia Grise is the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Cara Mía Theatre.

Playwright and director Virginia Grise collaborated with scenic designer Tanya Orellana and director Kendra Ware, both from Los Angeles, on her installation Sonar es Luchar (To Dream is to Fight).

It is a surreal film that tells the story of a young interracial young woman growing up and experiencing the traumatic effects of being displaced from her urban farm in Los Angeles.

The largest of the installations is a contemplative digital installation called Agape. Zen Master and Perkins School of Theology professor Dr. Ruben Habito created the guided meditation. He partnered with visual artist and University of Texas at Dallas professor Andrew Scott. Scott and UT Dallas’ AETC Light Squad designed the sculpture, light, and sound for Agape.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Prices range from $5 to $15. Only four individuals will be allowed per one-hour timed reservation so keep your group small.

Got a tip? Email Gila Espinoza at [email protected]. You can follow her on Twitter @espinoza_kera.

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