Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera

Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera is a 60-minute multimedia performance in honor of women, non-binary, and genderqueer people of color consciousness and art-making. This performance features original music, poetry, and documentary video by Diana Alvarez, a Xicanx vocalist/guitarist and PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Featured Artists:
Diana Alvarez – Voice and Guitar
Pamela Means – Lead Guitar
Senem Pirler – Sound Design
Vick Quezada – Graphic Design/Documentary Feature
Patricia Sandoval – Artistic Direction
Camila (La Malcriada) – Ensemble Performer
María José Giménez – Ensemble Performer
Leykia Nulan – Ensemble Performer
Priscilla Page – Ensemble Performer
Nathalie Vicencio – Ensemble Performer

Rituals and recitations by a small performance ensemble will interweave Alvarez’ songs with video documentary portraits of women and genderqueer artists of color. These portraits are part of Alvarez’ PhD dissertation research, Bridge Artistx: Women, Non-binary, and Genderqueer Artists of Color at the Forefront of Innovative Arts Practice, and will feature Sharon Bridgeforth, Magdalena Gomez, Nicole Young, and Vick Quezada.

Xicanx curanderismo, Deep Listening Practice (as taught by Pauline Oliveros), and themes of death, motherlessness, political consciousness, and building community/family underpin the rituals embarked on within this piece.

This staged reading of Quiero Volver will be performed at Holyoke Community College in the Leslie Phillips Theater on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7pm. This performance is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by:

Holyoke Community College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Northampton Community Television