EMFUSA2020:ABQ Event Schedule (March 12-15)

**Note: Schedule is still in development; activities, times/dates, and venues are subject to change.

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Thursday March 12

4:00pm- 6:00pm | Check-in/info table open
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

4:00pm-6:00pm | Opening Reception & NET Welcome
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

6:30pm | Transportation provided from reception to evening performance

7:00pm | Revolutions Festival - Performance
Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro
DOUBLE EDGE THEATRE | USA-Massachusetts          

Inspired by the visual art, writings and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, this surreal performance is steeped in alchemy and reveals not only the melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war.

Double Edge Theatre — a NET ensemble member company — is an artist-run organization, and was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice: a base for the Ensemble’s extensive international touring and community spectacles, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convenings, greening and sustainable farming initiatives. 

Friday March 13

9:00am-12:00pm | Check-in/info table open
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

10:00am-12:00pm | Artist Talkback & Demo/Discussion
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

12:00pm | Lunch break on your own

1:00pm-2:30pm | Afternoon Roundtable
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

From DIY to DIT: Artist-to-Artist Touring, Residencies & Resource Sharing

Join us for an interactive exploration of tools, resources, and successful models for peer-based touring and residency exchanges that empower ensembles and artists to host, present, and share with each other. The session will have two components:

  • We’ll start with a look at Connector, a new mobile app designed by NET to support artist-to-artist tours and residencies in the U.S. by matching up NET member artists/companies to make connections, host, and exchange with each other. In the spirit of “ensemble dating app meets AirBnB,” Connector aims to level the playing field and increase artists’ agency by putting opportunities literally in the palm of your hand using a community-based model that prioritizes generosity, relationships, and paid/trade/in-kind resource sharing.
  • The session will then open up to a facilitated discussion for all attendees to share your experiences as peer artist-presenters or as peer-hosted touring artists; ask questions about the added benefits, special considerations, and challenges of this type of artist-to-artist, DIY turned DIT (Do It Together) touring/residency model; and brainstorm possibilities and connections.

2:30pm | Break & travel on own to next session venue

3:00pm-4:15pm | Artist Workshare & Demo/Discussion
TBD Location

Work in Progress

4:15pm | Break

4:30pm-6:30pm | Roundtable Discussion
TBD Location

Global Exchange & International Ensemble Connections

6:00pm | Break & travel on your own to performance venue

7:00pm | Revolutions Festival - Performance
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

And Then…?
NDERE TROUPE | Uganda    
And Then…? looks at our endless quest for happiness. What makes us happy? At what point will humanity -- from the individual, the family, the community, the tribe, the nation, the continent, and indeed the whole world say, “We did it. We have exploited and gathered enough to make us really happy and relaxed?” When will that be? What will it take? And as we look back at what we have so far done for ourselves, what should we teach our children?

Led by the world-renowned founder and director Dr. Rwangyezi Stephen, Ndere Troupe is a cultural development organization that specializes in Ugandan traditional music, dance and drama. Ndere boasts of a repertoire of over 40 different dances, hundreds of songs, and a great variety of instruments. Master pieces like Ekitaguriro, Bwola, Embaga, Mwaga, Agwara, Bakisimba/Nankasa/Mowogola, Runyege/Ntogoro, Ding ding, Ekizino, Adungu or Gaze make Ndere Troupe a true specimen of Uganda and Africa. 

Saturday March 14

10:00am-12:00pm | Artist Talkback & Demo/Discussion
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

12:00pm |  Lunch break on own

2:00pm-4:00pm | Afternoon Workshop
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

From Intention to Action: Devising Tangible Steps for Equitable Ensembles

In this devising space, we utilize the practices of intention, action, and even failure within a peer-learning-circle context to explore cultural equity questions:

  • How do we move our ensemble practice from intentions connected to a single project/production to a longer term set of practices (actions) that manifest more equitable outcomes for artists?
  • How are ensembles challenging our own companies, the ensemble field, and the NET community to move forward toward equity, justice, and collective liberation?
  • How are historically or majority white ensembles addressing systemic inequities or incorporating anti-racism, anti-oppression, and EDI practice in our creative work, and our organizations…and what new and unexpected challenges are we finding as we do?
  • How are ensemble values and co-creation practices a model or guide in these efforts?

Together we’ll look at successful steps (as well as mis-steps and blunders) in an open discussion, as we share stories, questions, tools, strategies, and resources that move us into action.

4:00pm | Break & travel on your own to performance venue 

5:00pm | Revolutions Festival - Performance
q-staff Theatre, 400 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Spider Woman Stories

Spider Woman Stories shares the world and voice of Native American and Indigenous Women through the lens of Spider Woman, a Navajo Deity. The company journeys and weaves together both past and present, by honoring their cultural traditions in song, dance, and storytelling. Free from the constraints of stereotypes and inhibition, these days belong to all Native and Indigenous Women around the world, as they reclaim their voice and identity through the arts.

Founded in 2006, Two Worlds Native Theater is an Albuquerque-based ensemble that is dedicated to the craft of performing arts expressing the duality of the contemporary American Indian through drama, comedy, and storytelling. Guided by shared Native experiences, the company strives to develop ways of telling their stories through honest and creative expression. They continue to discover and give voice to the visions and stories of Native peoples around the world through touring, educating diverse communities, and providing mainstream culture with a positive representation of Native Americans in contemporary society.

6:30pm | Break & travel on own to performance venue 

7:00pm | Revolutions Festival - Performance
Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance, 301 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

BERTRAND LESCA & NASI VOUTSAS | United Kingdom, France

ONE is the third and final part of a trilogy of work exploring power dynamics and political themes on a micro, human level. It’s about polarisation, it’s about the left and the right. It’s also about two people who need to fix an awful, toxic relationship. ONE is a painful conversation, either late at night or the early morning, in which neither side can bring themselves to just leave the room. The piece plays out amid the ruins of unresolved conflict, as Bert and Nasi explore whether they can still come together on common ground, however unsteady.

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas are two performance makers; they are produced by Farnham Maltings and are Associate Artists with MAYK. Their work sits somewhere between live art and theatre, but if you held them against a wall they would probably say its theatre. It is stripped back to say the least: the shows shouldn’t be interesting, but the way they play with humour, brutality, and their ability to turn the mood of a room on a sixpence has resonated with audiences across the world.

9:30pm | Break & travel on own to performance venue

10:00pm | Revolutions Festival - Performance
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

The Reptilian Lounge
Local variety show | USA-various

Just about anything goes at Tricklock’s Reptilian Lounge, Albuquerque’s late-night cabaret, community gathering, and longest running and most popular variety show. Hitting the stage three or four times per year since 1995 and still running strong, The Reptilian Lounge is the perfect place to meet, and quench your thirst, as Albuquerque’s own talent showcases the inspiring new work being created right here at home!

Hosted by Tricklock’s silliest MCs, The Reptilian Lounge has boasted some of the city’s most talented, irreverent, eye-popping artists, in addition to performers from all over the world – poets, actors, dancers, musicians, cactus players, jugglers, belly dancers, filmmakers, throat singers, stand-up comedians, silent poets from Sweden, evangelical prophets from Texas, puppeteers, step dancers that sing, swing dancers that swing, Elvis, Jim Morrison, Bono…the list goes on and on! Fine traditions of the Lounge include (but are not limited to) creating art for change instigated by the acrobatic, moving, dancing “Target Girl” to tip the performers, 10-second dance parties, door prizes, and SOCIABLE!

Sunday March 15

10:00am | Breakfast Roundtable
Three Sisters Restaurant, 109 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

12:30pm | Closing Circle & NET Wrapup
Three Sisters Restaurant, 109 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

1:00pm | Break / afternoon departures

5:00pm | Revolutions Festival - Performance [optional]
Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

The Dely Project

The Dely Project is a cross-continental collaboration connecting youth theatre artists from around the globe. It joins members of Tricklock’s summer internship The Manoa Project with theatre students from the University of New Mexico to forge relationships internationally with artistic peers from outside of the United States. In this inaugural year of the project, Tricklock’s partner cohort is a team of performers from the Ndere Cultural Center in Kampala, Uganda. Directed by Juli Hendren and Katy Houska (Juli in Uganda and Katy in Albuquerque) working alongside creative designers Dahveed Torres and Aaron Hendren, the process utilizes media such as WhatsApp, video, music, and long-distance writing while working remotely. The two teams then come together in Albuquerque for 16 hours to weave that work together in an original theatre piece about culture, kinship, and humanity.

Amplifying young voices from around the world to find what connects us, The Dely Project was created in 2019 in loving memory of Dr. Adélamar (Dely) Alcántara, a brilliant educator, community leader, and global citizen. She was also mother to Manoa Jojola (the namesake of Tricklock’s internship) and therefore, in a sense, mother to the company’s whole education program. The Dely Project ensemble strives to carry her legacy through international learning and creation.

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