Cultural taboos around silence, death, and dissent are presented through a multimedia performance that fuses dark, humored animation with Mexican dance, Mariachi, hip-hop, bossa nova, and blues. The work is created by San Francisco-based director John Jota Leaños; Chicago-based choreographer Joel Valentin-Martinez; DJ/composer Cristóbal Martinez; and the Tucson-based Mariachi ensemble Los Cuatro Vientos. The opera’s four acts explore war and empire by following Mother Goose children’s rhymes; a skeleton traveling the road to Mictlan (the Aztec underworld); and an animated newscast that includes news footage from Chicago events.
Presented by the MCA in association with the National Museum of Mexican Art.
In conjunction with the performance, the MCA is exhibiting a customized 1968 Chevy Impala, El Muertorider, on the MCA Plaza from August 31 to September 16. In the tradition of the Day of the Dead celebration, the lowrider’s paintings, designed by artist Artemio Rodríguez and Leaño, commemorate victims of Hurricane Katrina and lives lost in war.