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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Austin-based composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds—celebrated for wide-ranging credits that include film scores for Richard Linklater and collaborations with Jack Black and DJ Spooky — leads a rousing experimental chamber opera that pays tribute to a revolutionary figure who remains the stuff of legend. Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance explores the life and legacy of Pancho Villa, and sonically traverses both Mexican and American perspectives to reveal intersections and conflicts, to create a borderless dialogue about the shared histories of Mexico and the United States. Featuring hybrid compositional techniques with loops and layers of vocals, Pancho Villa is a rousing transnational collaboration that brings together Mexico City theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol as librettists, director Shawn Sides of Rude Mechs, Austin Lyric Opera tenor Paul Sanchez as Pancho Villa with mezzo Liz Cass, backed by a stellar chamber ensemble and remixes and consultation by famed Monterrey DJ Toy Selectah. Co-presented by The Skirball Cultural Center as part of Los Angeles Performance Practice's fifth annual LAX Festival, and their LAX/MEX 2017 exchange. Commissioned by Ballroom Marfa as part of The Marfa Triptych, a genre-hopping trilogy of visionary musical performances by Graham Reynolds. Performed in English and Spanish, with English and Spanish supertitles.