Currently, NPN and La RED are supporting tours of Latin American/Caribbean and U.S. artists throughout the hemisphere.  Below is a listing of current and past touring activities and the pilot commissioning project supported by Performing Americas.  For more information on how artists can participate in the touring program, or how presenters can be part of PAP tours, please visit the FAQ page or contact Performing Americas Program Coordinator Elizabeth Doud.

2013-14 Season

Lola Arias (Santiago, Chile)

  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, OR) / TBA:13 Time-Based Arts Festival 2013 — September 9-15, 2013
  • On the Boards (Seattle, WA) — September 16-22, 2013
  • REDCAT / RADAR L.A. Festival (Los Angeles, CA) — September 23-20, 2013
El año que yo nací by Lola Arias (photo courtesy of FITAM)

“El año que yo nací” by Lola Arias (photo courtesy of FITAM)

  • The Public Theater / Under the Radar Festival (New York, NY) – January 5-13, 2014
  • Philly Live Arts (Philadelphia, PA) – January 14-19, 2014
  • Museum of Contemporary Arts of Chicago – January 20-26, 2014
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) – January 30-31, February 1, 2014

Timbre 4 / Tercer Cuerpo (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Tercer Cuerpo by Timbre 4 (photo courtesy of Timbre 4)

Tercer Cuerpo by Timbre 4 (photo courtesy of Timbre 4)

Companhia Urbana de Dança (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Companhia Urbana de Dança

Photo: Sonia Destri Lie

  • Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH – February 26-28, 2014
  • 651 Arts / The Joyce Theater, New York, NY – March 1-8, 2014
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA – March 9-16, 2014
  • Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT – March 17-23, 2014
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN – March 24-30, 2014
  • Dance Place, Washington, DC – March 31-April 6, 2014
  • Carpetbag Theatre, Knoxville, TN – April 7-13, 2014

Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol / El Rumor del Incendio (Mexico City, Mexico)

  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT – March 31-April 6, 2014
  • MECA, Houston, TX – April 7-13, 2014
  • Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX – April 14-20, 2014

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2012-2013 Season

Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol ( – Mexico City, Mexico

  • PICA – TBA Festival 2012, Portland, OR – September 5-13, 2012
  • Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT – September 13-18, 2012

Maureen Fleming Company ( – New York, NY

  • Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales, Colombia – Sept. 2-6, 2012
  • Teatro La Cochera, Cordoba, Argentina – Sept. 10-17, 2012
  • La RED Nucleo Mendoza, Argentina – Sept. 18-22, 2012
  • La RED Nucleo Montevideo, Uruguay – Sept. 23-28, 2012

Cloud Eye Control ( – Los Angeles, CA

  • Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival, Santiago Chile – December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Lisa Bufano ( – San Francisco, CA

  • Festival Vila Dança, Salvador, Brazil
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Rio Preto Dance Platform in Rio Preto, Voltuporanga and Cavandunga, Brazil

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Past Performing Americas Program Activities

2011-2012 Season
2010-2011 Season
2009-2010 Season
2008-2009 Season – none during this season
2007-2008 Season
2006-2007 Season
2005-2006 Season
2004-2005 Season
2003-2004 Season
2002-2003 Season

2011-2012 Season

DJ Rekha (USA) – May 2012
Mercado Cultural de Bolovia, La Paz, Bolivia
Mercado Cultural de Bolivia, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Bill Young (USA) – April 2012
Associação de Amigos da Arte – Rio Preto, Brazil
VIVADANÇA Festival Internacional – Salvador, Brazil
Companhia de Danças Diadema – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mariano Pensotti (Argentina) – January/February 2012
Performance Space 122, New York, NY
Wexner Center for the Arts, Colombus, OH
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
On the Boards, Seattle, WA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

Michel Groisman (Brazil) – August/September 2011
The Flynn Center, Burlington, Vermont
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
PS 122, New York City, NY

Mariano Pensotti El Pasado es un animal grotesco (The Past is a Grotesque Animal), January & February 2012

The National Performance Network’s Performing Americas Program welcomes Argentine writer/director Mariano Pensotti, a rising star in Latin American theater, in his first American tour, with his highly acclaimed El Pasado es un animal grotesco (The Past is a Grotesque Animal).  Taking place over 10 years from 1999 to 2009, the piece is a funny yet moving portrait of a generation that follows the lives of four twenty-something characters through a decade of economic and personal turmoil in which their dreams collapse and the world around them changes in unexpected ways.

As in many of Pensotti’s pieces, the audiovisual elements are integral to the play’s structure, creating a cinematic dimension.  The action deftly unfolds on a revolving circular platform that both conveys time’s ceaseless march and divides the action into four spaces in which vital moments in the characters’ lives play out.

A cast of four actors represent not only the four protagonists, but also take on an array of secondary roles in each other’s stories, often changing  character with as little as the addition of a pair of glasses or a shift in pose. Through the carefully controlled, fast-paced, overlapping story lines, characters and action, Pensotti illustrates how quickly and easily real life can transform into fiction and back again. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Mariano Pensotti and company “The past is a grotesque animail” / “El pasado es un animal grotesco” 2012 Tour:

 photos courtesy of Mariano Pensotti

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2010-2011 Season

Women of Calypso (Trinidad) – January 2011
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
El Centro Su Teatro, Denver, CO
Cultural Odyssey, San Francisco, CA
Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

Rudi Goblen (USA) – March 2011
Festival Transitarte, San Juan, Costa Rica
Torrealba, Costa Rica
Siquieres, Costa Rica

Miguel Gutierrez (USA) – May 2011
Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Division of Dance, Mexico City, DF
UNAM, Guadalajara, Mexico

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2009-2010 Season

Women of Calypso (Trinidad) – December 2009
Creative Residency at Carpetbag Theater, Knoxville, TX
Commissioned by Performing Americas Program (Pilot Project)

Teatro en el Blanco /Guillermo Calderón (Chile) – February 2010
El Centro Su Teatro, Denver
Miami Dade College, Miami
REDCAT, Los Angeles

Guardians of the Flame (USA) – March 2010
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Nejla Yatkin (USA) – March 2010
Mujer en las Artes, Tegucicalpa, Honduras
Festival Centroamericano de Teatro, San Salvador, El Salvador
Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas, Ciudad de Panama, Panama

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2007-2008 Season

Jennylin Duany (USA) –  August-September 2007
Arteatro, San Salvador, El Salvador
Mujeres en la Artes, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Compañia Imaginariius, Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

Jeremy Wade (USA) – October 2007
Teatro Victoria, Montevideo, Uruguay
Teatro Florencio Sanchez, Paysandu, Uruguay
Teatro Larrañga, Salto, Uruguay
Teatro del Cetro Cultural de la Cooperación, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Las Chicas/3.5 Floppies (Mexico) – February 2008
El Centro su Teatro, Denver, CO
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
7 Stages, Atlanta, GA

Diana Seiznblum (Argentina) –  January-February 2008
PICA, Portland, OR
Dance Theater Workshop, New York City, NY
Tigertail Productions, Miami, Fl
REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

Cristina Moura (Brazil) – Spring 2008
Cultural Odyssey, San Francisco, CA

NPN Supports Three Latin American Companies

The Performing Americas Project is supporting the tours of three Latin American companies that will be traveling to NPN Partner sites in 2008.  The companies will be engaged in week-long residencies of performances, workshops and community outreach in each city.   Check out the schedule below for opportunities to see this amazing work from Latin America.

ALASKA choreographed by Diana Szeinblum
Alaska, choreographed Diana Szeinblum





Alaska, by Diana Szeinblum and Company / Buenos Aires, Argentina
Diana Szeinblum, a Pina Bausch trained choreographer from Buenos Aires, brings her new work Alaska to the United States. Performed to a pulsating live score, Alaska unfolds as two women and two men come together and fall apart, simultaneously pan-erotic, violent and coolly held-back. Argentine choreographer Diana Szeinblum’s new work explores the relationships between four characters and the concept of “interior space.” Raw, sexy, brainy, mysterious and darkly funny.

January 25 – February 1, 2008
Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Portland, OR

February 4 – 10, 2008
Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY

February 11 – 17, 2008
Tigertail Productions, Miami, FL

February 18 – 24, 2008
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles, CA

Las Chicas del” 3.5 Floppies

by Luis Enrique Gutierrez Ortiz Monasterio / Mexico City, Mexico

Life is tough. Choices have to be made.  Pay little Joaquín´s school fees or blow the lot on coke and go clubbing to the 3.5″ floppies?  Clean the apartment so your estranged kids can visit or let your penniless pal move back in and risk everything? And what about the irresistible offer from the men in Tijuana?  Two semi-whores, semi-junkies, half-mad and half-baked, discover that they count for nothing as personalities, that they are hardly worth an empty gesture and they might as well be dead – but no – because there will always be another two semi-whores, semi-junkies, half-mad and half-baked to take their place, or they themselves with be cloned into the same empty space.  As hard as we may look for it, our existence has no meaning, we represent the grimace of God who simply filled a space for the sake of filling it – like the god of Philip Gosse, who created a quantity of ancient fossils so that the world would look older – to avoid feeling lonely, like those who collect Hustlers or The Preacher.  This work is performed in Spanish with supertitles in English.

About the Writer – Luis Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio
Amongst his principal Works are Diatriba rústica para faraones muertos (Rustic Diatribe for Dead Pharaohs), De bestias criaturas y perras (From Infant Beasts and Dogs), Los restos de la nectarina (The Remains of the Nectarine) and Portal (Doorway). He has published stories and poetry, with less frequency and success as his works for the theatre, for which he has received various awards. He also directs a literary workshop “Sentenced” in the San José el Alto Penitentiary in Querétaro.

Las Chicas Tour Dates:

Las Chicas del 3.5February 11-17, 2008
El Centro Su Teatro
4725 High Street
Denver, CO 80216

February 18-24, 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

February 25-March 2, 2008
7 Stages
1105 Euclid Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA   30307

Like an Idiot

by Cristina Moura / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian-born Cristina Moura delights with like an idiot, an exploration of dance performed to music ranging from Mozart to Lauryn Hill. Physical, concrete, subjective, Moura’s movement vocabulary is emotional and political, displaying the body as a storehouse of emotions.  “Cristina Moura’s solo urban dance work like an idiot is an inner landscape of dancing with oneself — funny, physical, political, impulsive. Brazil’s Cristina Moura is . . . urban, engaged, and audience-friendly.”  Staci Nevinski,

Confirmed Tour Dates:Cristina Moura

May 18-25, 2008
Cultural Odyssey
762 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA

Cristina is also interested in touring her latest solo work, “My Mother Naked.”

Performing Americas Program Creation Fund (PAPCF) Pilot

Over the years, PAP staff and curators have come across hundreds of outstanding artists working in Latin America and the Caribbean that have a great desire to tour in the United States. Artists located in large urban centers such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Mexico City, to name a few, often have the production resources and access to media and management support that allows them to launch their work—provided their work is in demand and has a tour-ready production value—on their national and international tour circuits.  Traditionally, PAP has sought out tour-ready artists that are emerging, or mid-career, and who have had little or no exposure in the United States.

PAP staff and curators have traveled to diverse regions in Latin America in order to see work from outside of these large urban centers, but find that many of the artists that interest the curatorial team—particularly those outside of these large cultural centers—are lacking support to finalize key aspects of the work.  This is often an indicator of lack of access to infrastructure, not artistic quality, and it has narrowed the program’s ability to represent Latin America and the Caribbean, and its true regional, cultural and linguistic diversity. In acknowledging that the curatorial team often selects artists from these same urban centers, and gravitates towards work that is more “highly produced,” we wanted to explore ways to support emerging work so that curators could feel confident in programming it, while providing tangible resources for artists to raise the production level of what they do, so that touring is viable.

Renata Petroni, PAP director, asserts that, “Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo are the ‘New Yorks’ of Latin America. Artists coming from those centers will always have an advantage. If our program is about serving the full spectrum of the Americas, then we have to expand our idea of ‘tour-ready’ and implement additional support to make the work accessible for U.S. presenters and audiences alike.”

To explore how PAP can address this need and break some of the established programming patterns, we have chosen to focus on artists from Trinidad-Tobago for the pilot phase of the PAPCF to assist in the commissioning of a new work. The idea for this work, Women of Calypso, was conceived by former PAP curator and Creative Exchange artist Idris Ackamoor, and had been on the table for some time, but lacked the production resources to get it off of the ground. It is an ideal project to start with, as it features artists from a region that has never toured through PAP, (and also represents the English speaking Caribbean), and is the result of relationships forged through the PAP Creative Exchange. The pilot phase is supporting a week-long residency for the artists in Knoxville, hosted by Carpetbag Theatre, as a way to provide creative work time, leverage potential commissioning support from NPN Partners, and expose this aspect of Performing Americas’ work to the network.

The PAPCF will provide direct support to artists and commissioners by funding and acting as the liaison internationally for project activities. Following the NPN Creation Fund model, the PAPCF will start with $10,000 in commissioning support for artists and the project. Additionally, PAP will provide travel support in the creation-production phase.

Women of Calypso – About the Project

Calypso music is renowned throughout the world and rivals reggae music as one of the most versatile, political, entertaining, and uplifting musical genres to captivate an international audience.   Calypso rhythms can be traced back to the arrival of the first African slaves brought to work the sugar plantations of Trinidad. Since the first Calypso recording in 1914, the music has been a male-dominated genre until the 1960s saw the arrival of Calypso Rose, who became the first “Queen of Calypso.” Through their songs, these women of Calypso sing about contemporary life in Trinidad.   All three are seasoned performers and songwriters, and have won hosts of awards and regularly place in the finals of Calypso competitions during Carnival and year round. Calypso is a music of the people, and although the more popularly known Calypso singers have been male, such as The Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, and Lord Kitchener, “Women of Calypso” showcases the best of female Calypso singers from Trinidad who are now more than ever competing with and rivaling their male counter parts.

Women of Calypso will be an evening of music, theater, social commentary, and autobiographical musings in a concert setting. The music will be center stage with the addition of “singing narratives” taking the audience on a musical and spiritual journey into the lives of these three powerful women. The project will be produced in collaboration by Cultural Odyssey and the National Performance Network and directed by Cultural Odyssey’s Co-Artistic Directors Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor. Professor Rawle Gibbons of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad will act as a creative consultant.

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