Thursday, March 11, 2010

Remember El Alma

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

What an amazing performance you’ll be able to witness on Saturday night! As part of Luminaria, BIHL HAUS ARTS is producing “REMEMBER EL ALMA/REMEMBER YOUR SOUL.” This performance--a mosaic of original prose, movement, song, and live projection--transforms the Alamo from a monument to war to one of peace. “Remember El Alma” is directed by Virginia (Vicki) Grise, recipient of the prestigious Yale Drama Award for 2010, who adapted the original prose-poem by Barbara Renaud-Gonzalez, finalist for the 2010 Texas Institute of Letters Award. And, Dr. Rachel Cruz, who possesses one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard, performs original music and lyrics. These exceptionally gifted women are joined by five amazing principal actresses--Olupero R. Aiyenimelo, Marisela Barrera, Monique Cortez, Natalie Goodnow, and Saray Rosales--and a supporting cast of more than 100 women, the “Almas," including our fabulous Bihl Haus Docents, who come to mourn the dead and celebrate the birth of the possible. And if that weren't enough, Vicki enlisted the technical expertise of E. Martin Gimenez, who works with the Los Angeles Opera, to design the video and real-time projections!

So, slip into some comfortable walking shoes and join us downtown on Saturday, March 13th, at 9:30 pm, on Hemisphere's Plaza de Mexico (the patio between the Instituto Cultural Mexicano and the back of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center), and plan to be enthralled and inspired by this thought-provoking and moving work of art.

For lots more about Vicki Grise and "Remember El Alma," read Sarah Fisch's excellent interview in this week's Current at "Remember El Alma was also spotlighted in the Sunday Express News article on Luminaria:


"Remember El Alma," produced by Bihl Haus Arts, is supported in part by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. Special thanks to the Luminaria Committee for selecting this project, and to Henry Brun and his crew for their technical expertise and support. Bihl Haus Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located on the premises of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, an affordable housing community. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm, is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose.

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts
P.O. Box 100806
2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723 (cell)
(210) 732-3502 (off)