Myth 2013 Altar Press Release

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September 2013
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RE:  Patricia Rincon Dance Collective teams up with the La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival (WithOutWalls) 2013 and The Che Café.

Myth Sarah #2

Dancer: Sarah Norwood. Photo: Jim Carmody.

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 Patricia Rincon Dance Collective opens its 31st season with the premiere of “The Myth Project: Altar” as part of the inaugural La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival (WithOutWalls) 2013 at the Ché Café, the radical UCSD on-campus student organization.

The event features Mario Acevedo Torero, pioneer founder of the Chicano Art Movement and the original muralist who painted the Ché Café’s murals which were created and dedicated as a “gift of love” to the return of Angela Davis to the UCSD campus in 1993. The La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival runs October 3-6, 2013.

“The Myth Project: Altar,” created by Artistic Director Patricia Rincon, is a collaboration between the Ché Café Collective and The Patricia Rincon Dance Collective to create a work that speaks to the “spirit” of the Ché Cafe’s long history as a radical youth-driven iconic institution located in the UCSD Theatre District, an eatery space and center for alternative music since the early1980s. The Che Underground marked a crossroads of styles — punk, mod, garage, noise, psychedelic and more. With its iconic mural images created by Shepard Fairey (OBEY), most known for the famous 2008 “Obama Hope” poster, there is also a painted mural of Martin Luther King and other notable political figures.

“The Myth Project: Altar” is a site-specific dance theatre work that uses the outdoor areas of the Ché Café to creatively highlight via choreography and dance the history of the murals and the institution’s journey/metamorphosis over the decades — a re-imagining of how vital this truly unique student-run political and social entity has contributed to a discourse on cooperative business-making and students’ rights organizing which continues to today. More info and tickets are at:  www.rincondance.org

•  WHAT: WoW Festival (WithOutWalls) 2013

•  WHOThe Patricia Rincon Dance Collective

•  WHERE:  The Ché Café at the Theatre District on the UCSD campus

  WHEN:  Thurs, Fri & Sunday, October 3, 4 & 6th @ 5:30 PM;  and Saturday, October 5th, 2:00 PM Matinee Only.

•  TICKETShttp://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/wowfestival/productions/myth-project


PATRICIA RINCON Artistic Director has performed, directed, choreographed and participated in annual workshops and performances in Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and California. As Artistic Director of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective she has continued developing the popular annual Blurred Borders Dance Festival and the Myth Project: American Dream dance-theatre series, set in San Diego each year.  The company completed a performance tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012, and this year is performing in the TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival, with other performances in Zurich.  Patricia also continues to develop numerous dance video-film projects. She has been awarded numerous University of California San Diego (UCSD) research grants for research and development on the documentary film series Latino Now: Landscape of Desire about the American Dream and the immigration debate.  It was filmed in Mexico, Argentina, and California, and was screened in Buenos Aries, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and in San Diego at the San Diego Repertory Theatre production of Tortilla Curtain.  Patricia’s video-film Waiting has been selected into various film festivals, including the 15th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival in March 2010. Patricia recently returned from Mexico where she was doing additional film research for The Myth Project series.  The company has performed in the TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival in Switzerland, and the “Cuerpos Entransito International Dance Festival” at the Centro Cultural Tijuana Performing Arts Center.  The company has been presented by UCSD’s University Events Office in their National Dance Series, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art’s Arts Partnership Program in La Jolla and at Sushi Performance and Visual Arts. Most recently the troupe will perform as part of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse “With Out Walls (WOW) Festival” in October 2013.  Patricia is currently working with Beatrice Jaccard of Company Drift on their collaboration of  “Clouds In My Room” that premiered at the UCSD Dance Series in San Diego and which makes its debut in Switzerland in December 2013. Each summer for the past 30 years Ms. Rincon is invited to annual artist-in-residences at the Universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and in Konstanz, Germany.  She also taught for many years at the Universities of Zurich, Bern, and Lugano in Switzerland, and in 2011 she was artist-in-residency with her company at the prestigious IUNA Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aries.  Ms. Rincon is currently Head of both Graduate and Undergraduate Dance at the University of California San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance.  This year marks the 31st-year anniversary of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.


MARIO ACEVEDOTORERO, one of the most prominent artista chicano, pioneer founder of the Chicano art Movement, was born in Lima, Peru.  He migrated with his famous father, Indian Master artist Guillermo Acevedo, to San Diego at the age of twelve.  Mario assimilated into the city’s ghetto/barrio surrounded by the success of his father and the social uprising of the sixties.  Together father and son participated in the phenomenon human renascence movement of indigenous peoples of the earth. Locally with the Chicano artists and community, in 1970 they created the first cultural art center in the country, in San Diego, The Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park and also participated in creating the world famous Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, downtown.  Torero has travel and painted murals throughout the world. His easel work has been and continues to be exhibited and collected. One of his important 2D monuments, include  the glass/mosaic installation,”Chicano Legacy, 40 Años” , a 17×58 ft. mural on at UCSD’s Peterson Hall that he unveiled in 2011.  Torero’s walls encompass their environment, balancing its energy and vibes with a diverse medium of actors.  Such was the Ché Café, which was created and dedicated as a ‘Gift of Love’ to the ‘return of Angela Davis’ in 1993 to the UCSD campus.