Scene from a past Littleglobe production. Photo by Kate Russell
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents ¡Presente!, a collaborative, multi-arts performance produced by Santa Fe-based arts and social justice nonprofit Littleglobe, Saturday, Oct. 5.
¡Presente! features Santa Feans of all ages—including students, professional musicians and artists, and other longtime residents—whose lives and sense of belonging are affected by current issues such as displacement, insecure housing, and affordability. Participants tell their stories through evocative spoken word pieces, short artistic films, video art projections, and musical performances.
“¡Presente! is about sharing experiences, exploring creativity, and encouraging community discussion about Santa Fe’s future,” said Chris Jonas, executive director at Littleglobe and creative director of ¡Presente! “The performers, people in the documentary shorts, and project artists have important stories to tell. It is vital that while we as a town grapple with development and our future, we do so grounded in the stories, complex history, and diversity of felt experiences of Santa Fe’s residents.”
Featured performers include community members from across Santa Fe; students from Capital High School, Earth Care, Santa Fe Indian School, IAIA, UNM, Youthworks and other schools; and the Northern New Mexico band Lone Piñon.
¡Presente! is directed by writer, consultant, and former State Historian of New Mexico, Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, with creative support from the artistic team at Littleglobe. Directors include composer/filmmaker Chris Jonas (creative director), writer Jamie Figueroa (director, Creative Community Ensemble) and Acushla Bastible (stage director). Team artists include filmmaker/youth facilitators Ed Radtke andKaty Gross, theater/movement artist Danielle Reddick, theater artist Charles Gamble, and writer/storyteller/musician/artist Ehren Kee Natay. Young filmmakers creating the short documentaries include Noor-un-nisa Touchon, Echota Killsnight, Aurora Escobedo and students from the Littleglobe’s New Media Arts Fellowship and Earth Care.
This presentation at The Lensic is part of Littleglobe’s larger, city-wide project that collects and shares residents’ personal histories and reflections. Other ¡Presente! components include:
A performance for students and families at Capital High School – September 25, 2019
A city-wide social media campaign encouraging people to share their stories about home and belonging in Santa Fe – August through October 2019
House parties, events, and meetings to facilitate community dialogue about housing and development in Santa Fe – August through October 2019
Funding support for ¡Presente! is generously provided by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Trust, New Mexico Arts, Amblin Partners/Storyteller Distribution/New Mexico Film Office, Adobe and private donors.
Key project partners include Earth Care, Chainbreaker Collective, Youthworks, Searchlight New Mexico and Capital High School.