Friday, May 9, 2014

Tonight, Get Your Strange On, Your Sonoran Strange

Posted By on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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If you didn't have a chance to see Adam Cooper-Terán and Logan Phillips of Verbo•bala's Sonoran Stage last night or in previous productions, please, please go see it tonight.

Adam and Logan are leaving us to take the production to Germany, so a chance to see this beautiful poem staged and doing what it does best: getting to the heart of our love and life in crazyland Arizona.

Starts at 8:30 p.m., bring cash to donate, at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St., South Tucson.

From Sonoran Strange:

What if the Catalina Mountains outside Tucson dreamed of one day jumping the border of horizon, to follow their dreams of becoming thunderheads? What if the Apaches had won? What if the saguaros were sent to boarding school in Pennsylvania? What if the snowbirds don't come home to roost, if the tumbleweeds decide to settle down? What if sand shoots from the sprinklers? What if the water runs out?

A performance installation incorporating spoken word, performance art and live video projection to take audiences on a unique and dream-like trip across the borderlands of the US and Mexico. Sonoran Strange is a remix of myths, a technological ceremony and a celebration of the oral tradition.

Presented in the round, audiences surround the performers and are encouraged to move throughout the space during the performance.

Creators and performers Adam Cooper-Terán and Logan Phillips of Verbo•bala use the Sonoran Strange to explore the deep contradictions and ironies of the landscape and culture of their homeland. Created partly in response to the latest wave of anti-immigration legislation in Arizona and debuted on the state centennial in 2012, Sonoran Strange is a love-letter to the desert land and an indictment of human folly. Sonoran Strange is place-based transdisciplinary storytelling with universal connections.

Development of the piece supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Belle Foundation. Barrel Cactus projection structure designed by Benjamin Hall design+build and fabricated by Benjamin Hall and Carrie Morgan.


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