JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology


Conceived and directed by Rubén Polendo
Created from a series of interviews in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

As globalization moved forward in this past decade, blurring and yet accentuating national borderlands, one city – Cd. Juárez – emerged in 2008 as the “Murder Capital of the World.” Directly across the Mexican-American border, El Paso,TX has branded itself as the "Safest Large City in America." Led by Juárez-born and -raised Founding Artistic Director Rubén Polendo, and drawn by the vortex of questions within and around Cd. Juárez, Theater Mitu's company members traveled to the region five times in 2012 and 2013, conducting research and interviewing citizens on both sides of the border. "JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology," based on an archive of hundreds of hours of interviews, has emerged as an exploration of this border community's memories from the past, both recent and distant, and hopes for the future, near and far.

Production History:
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, MA)
The Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA)
The Los Angeles Theatre Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Southern Methodist University/Ignite Arts (Dallas, TX)
The Cairo Opera House (Cairo, Egypt)
Duoc Universidad Catolica (Santiago, Chile)
Kontakt Festival (Torun, Poland)
Z Space (San Francisco, CA)
Mansion Arts Center (Beirut, Lebanon)
Encuentro Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Centro Cultural Paso Del Norte (Juárez, Mexico)
Rubin Center for the Visual Arts (El Paso, TX)
The North American Cultural Laboratory (Highland Lake, NY)
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York City, NY)

To view the trailer for the show click here.
To view a short documentary on the making of JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology by click here.
To hear recordings from the audience interviews click here.

Conceived and Directed by Rubén Polendo
Performed by Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Adam Cochran, Justin Nestor, Attilio Rigotti and Corey Sullivan
Created by Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Adam Cochran, Ryan Conarro, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Rubén Polendo, Tyler Penfield, and Scott Spahr

From a series of interviews in and around Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas

Associate Director: Scott Spahr
Lead Projection Design: Adam Cochran & Justin Nestor
Lead Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn
Composer: Adam Cochran
Lead Text Architecture: Rubén Polendo
Text Architecture, Stage Installations, Additional Video & Sound: Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Adam Cochran, Ryan Conarro, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Scott Spahr, and Jenny Waxman
Research, Interviews and Archive by: Julianna Bloodgood, Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Adam Cochran, Ryan Conarro, Nathan Elam, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Tyler Penfield, Rubén Polendo, Natalia Salmeron, Scott Spahr, Jenny Waxman

The original performance style and approach was developed with and by the following actors:
Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Adam Cochran, Ryan Conarro, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor at Mansion Arts Center (Lebanon),NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center (UAE), Centro Cultural Paso Del Norte (Mexico), The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts (El Paso),The North American Culture Laboratory, 440 Studios, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York City), and Z Space (San Francisco).

Funding History:
The MAP Fund
NEFA National Theater Project
New York University
Fundación Grupo Imperial
National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works
Trust for Mutual Understanding
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
US Department of State

JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology
was made possible with funding by the MAP Fund, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and touring support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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