A Second Look At Casta

May 6, 2017

8pm Julia C Butridge Gallery

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces A Second Look at Casta  by playwright Adrienne Dawes. Directed by Jenny Larson and in collaboration with visual artist Beth Consetta Rubel and composer Graham Reynolds, Casta is a new performance piece inspired by the casta paintings of Nueva España (Mexico).

This series of portraits grew in popularity over the 18th century, and were a unique genre of portraiture, depicting different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy of race and status, as determined by Spanish elites.

The complexities of contemporary racial identity are echoed in this distant mirror of casta paintings. How do Old World anxieties about ambiguous identities reflect contemporary biases? How can the interaction between performance and visual art, specifically portraiture, open a window for a unique audience experience about racial identity?

Salvage Vanguard presents "a second look” workshop of this exciting new piece-in-progress that will experiment with a museum format for a public performance at the Dougherty Arts Center.

Casta will be performed by Florinda Bryant, Marina De-Yoe Pedraza, Noel Gaulin, Lori Navarrete, khattieq, and Kriston Woodreaux.

Salvage Vanguard is a Resident Artist Organization of the Dougherty Arts Center through the Museums and Cultural Programs Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8pm to 10pm

PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

TICKETS: FREE online or at the door. Reservations can be made at salvagevanguard.org/tickets/

**MAY 25th at 7:30pm we will have a public workshop performance of Casta in NY at the Drama League Theater Center. Tickets and information can be found here: http://tickets.dramaleague.org/

This project received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director; Travis LeMont Ballenger, Associate Producer; Sherri Eden Barber, Program Director). The Drama League Artist Residency Program is funded in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the Howard Gilman Foundation.