Jose Torres-Tama

by - September 13, 2017

The Department of Art at the University of Memphis is pleased to bring to Memphis Jose Torres-Tama's performance, Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers: A Sci-Fi Latino Noir.

When: Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 7pm
Where: University of Memphis, Art & Communication Building (ACB) Room 250 (in front of the Holiday Inn on Central Avenue)

Torres-Tama treads that dangerously vague turf of performance art gracefully...with dexterity and daring.
--The Village Voice (New York)

An adroit performer and lucid writer, Jose Torres-Tama bravely takes us to the dark side where most dare not to go. 
--DC Theatre Scene

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers is an inventive sci-fi Latino noir performance solo written by MAP Fund award-winning performance artist Jose Torres-Tama. He exposes the hypocrisies of a system that vilifies the same people whose labor it exploits, and satirizes the absurd status of immigrants as "extraterrestrials" through a sci-fi prism informed by comic film shorts inspired by Star Wars and The Matrix films. 

He deftly shape-shifts into a variety of "aliens" who challenge a nation that has migrated to the "Dark Side," and offers a clarion call for the United States of Amnesia to remember the words emblazoned on its iconic Statue of Liberty, Give us your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Aliens was developed through a National Performance Network Creation Fund award from the NPN, and commissioned by the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, MECA in Houston and GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Artist Biography:
Ecuadorian-born José Torres-Tama is a 2015 MAP Fund award recipient for his radical theater on wheels called the Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras Project. Also, he has received a Regional Artist Project award from the NEA for his genre-bending performances and a Louisiana Theater Fellowship. The National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) just awarded him a 2016 grant for his Taco Truck Theater show.

The closest visitor parking to the ACB 250 can be found either in the Parking Garage (PG1) on Innovation Drive or the General Parking Lot (P) across the street from ACB on Central Ave. The visitor rate for the Parking Garage (PG1) is $2.00 per hour with a $12.00 per day maximum. The General Parking Lot (P) has 16 metered spaces for visitors with a rate of $2.00 per hour (no time limit). Meters accept coin and major credit cards.

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