The La Jolla Playhouse
WithOutWalls festival 2013

The Myth Project: Altar

A site-specific piece happening in and around the Ché Café on the UCSD Campus.

Thursday, October 3,  5:30 PM
Friday, October 4, 5:30 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2:00 PM
Sunday, October 6, 5:30 PM


Concept and Direction by: Patricia Rincon

Collaborative Choreography: Patricia Rincon, Brian Bose, Kenna Crouch, Mario Torero, Sarah Navarette, Sarah Norwood and Natalia Valerdi

Dancers PRDC: Kenna Crouch, Sarah Navarette, Sarah Norwood and  Natalia Valerdi

Guest Artist: Mario Acevedo Torero

UCSD Guest Dancers: Brian Bose, Hanna Cook, Melissa Gallegos, Bonnie Lee, Qing (Abbie), Wang, and Claudia Varela

Side Show: Raul Enciso and Jeff Sanchez

Rehearsal Director: Melissa Gallegos

Sound Design: Melanie Chen

Lighting Design: Wen-Ling Liao

The Myth Project: Altar is inspired by the Ché Café’s current and past history of activism and independence. In the sprit of the Ché Café this work has been created as a collective project in cooperation with the Ché Café Collective members, who have contributed and supported this project with open hearts and open arms.


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. 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, UCSD’s University Events Office National Dance Series, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art’s Arts Partnership Program in La Jolla and at Sushi Performance and Visual Arts. 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 31-year anniversary of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.

NATALIA VALERDI Associate Director is a video artist, social media consultant, outreach coordinator and artistic collaborator with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. Her video design collaborations with Patricia Rincon include The Myth Project V: Cowboys, Peeled and BODYPARTS. Valerdi has also collaborated with choreographers Alicia Rincon and Yolande Snaith. She has performed with PRDC since 2006 and has worked with other choreographers including Jean Isaacs, Allyson Green, Yolande Snaith and Loretta Livingston. Her travels as a guest artist include Cuba, Sweden and Mexico. Valerdi received her M.F.A. in Dance and Technology from the University of California, Irvine.  She is currently a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego and works with inner-city students via Collaborations of Teachers and Artists.

MARIO ACEVEDO TORERO is one of the most prominent artista chicanos, pioneer founders of the Chicano arts movement, was born in Lima, Peru. He migrated to San Diego with his famous father, Indian master artist Guillermo Acevedo, 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 phenomenal human renaissance movement of indigenous peoples of the earth. With the local 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 traveled 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 Anos,” a 17- x 58-ft mural on Peterson Hall at UCSD campus that he unveiled in 2011. Torero’s walls encompass their environment, balancing its energy and vibes with a diverse medium of actors. So it is with the Che Café murals, created and dedicated as a “gift of love” to the return of Angela Davis to the UCSD campus in 1993.

KENNA CROUCH is a yogini, contemporary dancer and performing artist. Growing up in the south San Francisco Bay area, she first trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance with Jean and Suzanne San Juan of the San Juan School of Dance in Los Altos, CA, and then in jazz and contemporary dance with Keith Banks of Studio 10 Dance in Cupertino. After that she became certified at the elementary level of the Royal Academy of Dance (London) syllabus, before moving on to develop extensive regional and national competitive dance experience. In 2008, she graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with degrees in Dance and Sociology. Just before graduating she began dancing with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. She continues performing and teaching with PRDC throughout San Diego as well as in Europe and South America. She is most grateful for all the amazing opportunities and experiences to dance and teach, and for all the people, internationally, she has been able to work with. Kenna is also very passionate about yoga, which she practices and teaches in North County San Diego.  www.kennacrouch.com

SARAH NAVARRETE Over the past 12 years Sarah has developed her passion for teaching, creating and performing dance and Pilates throughout the country in New Mexico, Texas, NYC and California. She graduated with a BA in Dance from New Mexico State University before relocating to New York City, where she danced with acclaimed modern dance companies Yung-Li Dance and 4th Right Dance. Sarah also choreographed for and danced with aerial-modern dance company Project in Motion, as well as with several independent artists including Joanna Hughes, Adelka Polake and Martha Tournay. She has taught Pilates and modern dance at New Mexico State University and has presented at many national workshops, including the American College Dance Festival, the National Dance Education Organization, and AAHPERD. Sarah now resides in California where she continues to grow as a movement educator, choreographer and dancer. Since founding her own company Movement Arts in 2011, she has dedicated her dance-fitness initiatives to facilitate movement for clients to exist as active, healthy and expressive individuals. Sarah is excited to be dancing with Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, The PGK Dance Project and Visionary Dance Theatre. Thanks to her own appreciation of the arts, and moral support from friends and family, Sarah continues to educate and inspire individuals to “move to live and live to move!”

SARAH NORWOOD (Sarah first realized her interest in dance as a commercial dance student at the Orange County High school of the Arts. Inspired by movement and music, she began playing guitar after graduating.  While studying liberal arts and dance at Orange Coast College and Santa Ana College, Sarah became interested in modern dance, movement composition, and composing music for dance. Sarah later transferred to San Diego State University to study dance, and developed an interest in gestural movement, dance for camera, improvisation, and movement’s inherent aspects of cognitive science, anatomy, and physics. Before graduating with a BFA in Dance from SDSU in 2012, Sarah produced her thesis work “The Gloaming” for which she arranged the musical score, which was performed live by her brother, Christopher Norwood. Since graduating, Sarah has continued her movement research while becoming a certified yoga instructor and dancing with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. While working with the company for her second season, Sarah has become interested in verbalization while moving, as well as in the writings of Irene Dowd. The joy of moving has propelled Sarah throughout her development as a creator and performer. As she continues to strive towards maximum facility, Sarah hopes to create work that illuminates the beauty of human experience, conjoins the senses, and silences the mind.

WEN-LING LIAO is PRDC company lighting designer, and is originally from Taiwan. Some of her recent theatre credits include: Twas The Night (2012), Elizabeth I (2012), The Exit Interview (2012), The Glass Menagerie (2012), The Storm (2012), Hedda Gabler (2011), Small Prophecies (2011), Everything Nice (2010), The Sleuth (2009), Riz Flambe (Avignon Off-Festival 2008), Toi (Taipei Fringe Festival 2008), Riz Souffle (Avignon Off-Festival 2007). Selected dance credits include: “100 Feet” (2012), “Live in the Wake” (2012), “DIS or DER” (2011), “The Cartographer’s Scythe” (2011), “An Archive of Happiness” (2010), “Deep Light” (2010). Wen-Ling holds her BA in the Department of Drama and Theatre from National Taiwan University and earned her MFA in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego.

MELANIE CHEN resident sound designer for PRDC is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Sound Design at UC San Diego. She is a proud member of ion theatre company in Hillcrest and has worked extensively there. Most notably, she won the Craig Noel Award in 2011 for her sound design for Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Additionally, she has been nominated again in 2012 for Sarah Kane’s Blasted. Currently Melanie is also working with director Glenn Paris on Punk Rock and Gabor Tompa on Tonight We Improvise.



HANNA COOK has been dancing since she was seven-years-old. She is currently pursuing a BA in Dance at the University of California, San Diego and hopes to become a professor of dance.

BRIAN BOSE is a fourth-year undergraduate BA Theatre & Dance double major at UCSD. Dance credits include:  In The Heights; Dirty Little Secrets; Trolley Dances 2012; Blurred Borders 2012. UC San Diego (Dance) credits: New Directions 2012 & 2013; WinterWorks 2011 & 2012; Pedestrian Politics Performance Project; Back, Leaving and Left; If A Tree Falls.

MELISSA GALLEGOS was a national competitor in figure skating for 13 years and is a triple gold medalist through the USFSA, as well as being a PSA certified instructor. She acquired her AA in Dance through San Diego City College and recently received her BA in dance and theater from UCSD. Melissa is currently working with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective as well as Naganuma 2 this fall.

BONNIE LEE is studying at UC San Diego with emphasis on Dance and Linguistics. She has strong background in ballet and jazz and is currently dancing with California Ballet Company.

QING (ABBIE) WANG graduated from the Chinese Guang Dong Dance School in 2006, majoring in Classical Chinese Dance. She continued her training in 2008 at Beijing Dance Academy, specializing in Chinese Ethnic and Classical Dance. While studying Communication and Dance at UCSD, Abbie has performed in Arts in Action, Winter Works, and The Myth Project VII: Nonsense with Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.

CLAUDIA VARELA is a third-year Bio-engineering BS and Dance BA student at UC San Diego. She is from the border city Reynosa, Mexico and lived in Mission, Texas before moving to SD.

SIDESHOW: Raul Enciso and Jeff Sanchez