Duende CalArts an initiative of the CalArts Center for New Performance dedicated to developing and producing innovative work emerging from Latinx and Latin American communities and sources. Marissa Chibas heads Duende CalArts as party of the CalArts Center for New Performance.

Established in 2009 by Marissa Chibas, Duende CalArts brings prominent and emerging Latinx and Latin American artists from the performance community to develop adventurous projects at CNP. It aims to expand aesthetic boundaries and performance discourse, collaborating with national and international Latinx artists and advancing multilingual works.

Featured Project: Shelter

Description

Una obra sobre travesías (A play about journeys)
Conceived and written by Marissa Chibas
Directed by Martin Acosta

SHELTER is a theater and documentary film project that shares stories of the massive human crisis of children refugees who pass through the U.S. deportation shelter system. Marissa Chibas leads an interdisciplinary team of artists including choreographer Fernando Belo and Mexico-based director Martin Acosta.

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Shelter

by Marissa Chibas

Shelter by actor-writer Marissa Chibas is a powerful story of those who cross borders and those who try to find a way to make their dreams come true. This publication is part of NoPassport Press’ Dreaming the Americas Series.

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“…Chibas’ oddly hopeful tale and the tautly riveting invention of Acosta’s dynamic movement-
based staging could hardly be more on point or movingly intact.”

LA Weekly

““…playwright Marissa Chibas’ affecting and politically trenchant tapestry of all-too- real horrors.””

LA Weekly

“Chibas’ real coup is in her portraiture…the characters in Shelter’s sharply sketched
collage…are notable for the disarming, everyday sameness of their aspirations to those of any
American adolescent living in Sherman Oaks or Highland Park.”

LA Weekly

“Chibas and Acosta stirringly connect the dots of the crisis”

LA Weekly

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