Sunday, March 20, 2011

From Bihl Haus Arts

From Bihl Haus Arts:

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

And now for something totally different! Please click on
to receive an extraordinary video invitation to our next event at Bihl Haus Arts, then let me know what you think!

Bihl Haus v. The Alamo

“I was born here,” a multi-media tableau, THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 6-9 pm

For the fifth year in a row, Bihl Haus Arts, built from Alamo stone, takes on The Alamo through the arts. In a multi-media tableau, titled “I Was Born Here. Roses are yellow and the Alamo is a blood-tree” produced by Bihl Haus Arts, creator Virginia Grise (2010 Yale Drama Award recipient) re-imagines “Remember El Alma,” Bihl Haus Arts’ crucially acclaimed 2010 Luminaria performance.

The original poem by Barbara Renaud Gonzalez, also titled “Remember El Alma,” forms the cornerstone of “I Was Born Here,” a recurring poignant line in the poem that has been reinterpreted in multiple forms for this event. In a new film, edited by Mirasol Riojas, currently a PhD candidate in film at UCLA, with camerawork by award-winning cinematographer Pocha Pena and art direction by Virginia Grise, 6-year-old Inez Barrera charmingly interprets the poem from a child’s point of view In the live performance at Bihl Haus on March 24th, an ensemble cast--Marisela Barrera, Monique Cortez, Natalie Goodnow, and Olupero Aiyenimelo—will re-stage the poem to haunting melodies composed and performed live by Rachel Cruz, PhD.

This live production will be set amid a new site-specific installation by Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez that features four large-scale painted tapestries depicting goddesses who symbolize the cardinal directions, with which Bihl Haus Arts aligns perfectly. Fresh flowers and fronds will transform the gallery space into a dreamlike world situated beneath a canopy of shimmering metallic-toned branches and boughs.

This all-female production, an official CAM event, also celebrates Women’s History Month. Please arrive at Bihl Haus by 7 pm to enjoy the full performance. A suggested donation of $5 at the door would be greatly appreciated.

Remember the Bihl Haus!


P.S. This production was made possible in part with generous support from Dr. Raphael Guerra and Sandra Castro Guerra, the Texas Commission on the Arts through the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, the Potashnik Family Foundation, and Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments.

P.S.S. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested and to print and post the attached invitation in conspicuous places!

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)