Naomi Rincón Gallardos The Formaldehyde Trip was commissioned by SFMOMA, part of Performace in Progress. Co-curated by Frank Smigiel, associate curator of Peformance & Film, SFMOMA and Ani Rivera, executive director of Galería de la Raza.
In this project that mixes Mesoamerican cosmologies with borrowings from Mexican B-side sci-fi films,Bárbara Lázara interprets the main role: Bety Cariño, the murdered Mixtec activist on her journey to the underworld, where she finds women warriors, witches and widows, both-sexed deities and animals preparing her re-birth party.
Simon Fujiwara Hello is a short film and a video installation, a macabre metaphor for the arbitrary nature inherent to boundless communication. Lázara worked on the development of and played the Roles of Maria Martínez, a Mexican woman who talks about her childhood on a rubbish tip.
Zbigniew Szumskis Who is Laughing on my Fears? (2007) is about a map arising from a banal thought and fragmentation. Within this space 7 actors and a musician are trapped within their own creations, condemned to repeat them in the same way in which they were conceived. Thus, they will have to resort to memory, and to restore the reasons and sensations that lead them to their creations. Only in this way will they reach their objective: to tame their fears. Physical Theatre, produced by Bárbara Lázara in colaboration with Teatr Cinema (PL) and Teatro Linea de Sombra (MX).