Javier Jara AZTLAN Dance Company, Artistic Director Roén Salinas Proyecto Teatro, Artistic Director Luis Ordaz
Teatro Vivo, Artistic Director Mario Ramirez
Michael Mendoza A'lante Flamenco Ensemble, Artistic Director Olivia Chacón and Music Director Isaí Chacón
BoCCa Vis-à-Vis, Artistic Directors Erica Saucedo and Kaitlyn Bishop
Alianza Cultural Latinoamericana Chamacos Dance Company, Artistic Directors Aurelio Planes Rodriguez and Inna Grudtcina
Monique Dache Oaxaca, arte en movimiento, Edgar Yepez
Javier Jara is an Austin based singer-songwriter, arranger, and composer from Cuenca, Ecuador. Javier holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Southwestern University, and a Master of Music degree in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Javier is a Latino Artist in Residence at the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, TX. As such, he has performed and produced several concerts featuring the wealth and diversity of the music of Latin America, from the Rio Grande to the Tierra del Fuego. Further info can be found at www.javierjara.net
Founded in 1974, the AZTLAN Dance Company has enriched audiences through annual theatrical dance productions and creative cultural workshops. The AZTLAN Dance Company is guided by the mission to establish a stable and conducive environment for creating, preserving and presenting dance projects that reflect and inspire the communities within which it works. Through our work AZTLAN promotes greater intercultural, cross-generational understanding and appreciation of Indo/Xicano/Latino dance arts. AZTLAN creates dance that imagines a future informed by the past, in the present. www.aztlandance.com/. Photo by Ulises Garcia.
ProyectoTeatro preserves and promotes Latin-American culture through Spanish-language theatrical arts offerings designed to provide quality entertainment, educational opportunities and potentially transformative experiences. http://proyectoteatro.com/
Teatro Vivo makes Latino-based, bilingual theatrical experiences accessible to all audiences, especially culturally underserved community members. By telling the Latino story and addressing critical social issues, the company celebrates the vibrancy of Latino culture and the power of the human experience. https://teatrovivo.org
Championing unique perspectives and emerging artists, Shrewd Productions challenges their audiences through thoughtful, entertaining and provocative plays. Featuring the work of female and LGBT artists, Shrewd Productions is committed to providing a broader array of voices in American theatre and for Austin audiences. Visit their website for more information
Michael Mendoza is a multi-media artist focusing in augmented reality installations. His installations have been featured at the ESB-MACC, the Carver Museum and other locations around the city. His work also includes collaborations with fellow artists such as Tempo's Art in Public Places commissioned artwork honoring Comanche Chief Quanah Parker. He also collaborates with UT's Voces Project on expanding the use of their oral history archives. For more information please visit: https://www.augzoo.com/
Based out of Austin, A’lante Flamenco Ensemble excites audiences with a blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance since 2011 by Artistic Director/Choreographer Olivia Chacón and Music Director Isaí Chacón with the mission to present flamenco to Texas and regional audiences in the freshest and most creative way possible. Since then A’lante Flamenco has grown in both size and vision, now incorporating 11 permanent members. A’lante Flamenco’s work aims to reach audiences on a visceral level, provoking emotional responses through music and dance that crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries.
Since 2018,!Escándalo!, has regularly performed to sold out crowds in Austin and San Antonio. An Iden B. Payne award winning Improv performance group, !Escándalo! has been invited to perform in various festivals including The 48 hour Marathon, Waffle Fest, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, People of Color Comedy Festival, FuturX and Miami's !Fuacata! Improv festival.
Currently, !Escándalo! performs a quartlerly headlining show at the Hideout Theater, and has just begun a season at the Mexican American Cultural Center where they will be performing regularly while featuring up-and-coming partner acts. Serving as co-producers of the 2020 People of Color Comedy Festival, !Escándalo! is proud to be on the front lines of advancing diversity in ATX and aims to leave a legacy for other young acts to follow.
Biliteracy Club Communities of Austin (BoCCa) provides transformative learning spaces that support biliteracy and multiculturalism in creative and innovative ways. BoCCa focuses on a storytelling approach based on Latin American cultural heritage that embraces their linguistically diverse voices and highlights them through the performing arts and the use of digital media.
Vis-á-vis is the collaboration between contemporary dance artists Kaitlyn Bishop and Erica Saucedo. Choreographically, the collaboration was born from the artists’ shared interests in illustrating their female narratives through movement and theater. In an effort to relive their pasts and rewrite their futures as leading women, Erica and Kate generate content through guided meditation, improvisation, and a sincere trust in the strength and responsibilities of their sisterhood. The company develops highly physical works to question the politics, history and harbored emotions that exist underneath the storyline of women.
La Alianza Cultural Latinoamericana is a community of artists and art lovers who promote the cultural expressions of latin Amerca. ACL is an organization that seeks to bring Latin American art forms closer to the Spanish-speaking community in Austin, and spreading it to newer generations. ACL is primarily volunteer-led who are responsible for carrying out the events as well as contacting artist, media and serving the audience, which is ultimately the engine that keeps this creative community moving.
Chamacos Dance Company was founded in summer 2017 by Aurelio Planes Rodriguez and Inna Grudtcina. The company's work is identified with the work of Artistic Director, Aurelio Planes. Originally from Cuba, Planes embeds his Cuban roots in his performances. Using that as the base for his choreography he's been developing his own dance language. Both emotionally and physically demanding pieces create a connection and pull the audiences into the world created by Aurelio and the dancers.
Mauricio Callejas is a troubadour from El Salvador. With beautiful lyrics, Mauricio sings about daily life, simple things that happen right before our eyes. He relased his first solo CD “Cosas de la Calle” in 2002 in El Salvador and then he moved to Austin, Texas to continue his studies and pursue a professional career in songwriting and recording. He recorded a second album, Magico, in Austin TX in 2008 produced by Stephen Doster. Callejas’ third album called “Helado Pop” was officially released in April 26th 2012. After more than 20 years creating songs and working on his music, Mauricio has performed in different venues in Latin America, the United States and Canada.
He is the founder of the first songwriter directory of Central America, www.centroamericanto.com and produces a weekly radio program that is broadcasted from different radio stations around the world. Mauricio also produces an annual singer-songwriter festival called Centroamericanto Fest in Austin TX.
Monique Dacheff is the founder and CEO of Artistic Education Company with a mission to advance the performing arts with youth at an early age as relevant, essential and important to a complete education. As a Berklee College of Music Alumus 00' holding advanced degrees in both music and education, Monique's involvement in the music industry/business spans over two decades as a professional singer, founder, president and influencer.
Oaxaca, arte en movimiento, Instructor Edgar Yepez has managed through Mexican folk dance to gather whole Spanish-speaking families in a space where all compatriots can feel at home. Guelaguetza Austin is the stellar project that Edgar Yepez created with the aim of showing the cultural richness of his native Oaxaca, with the passage of time, the Oaxacan Guelaguetza has become a meeting point for Mexicans from all over the country especially from Texas. The importance of language has always been a relevant factor for Yepez, since day one all kinds of Mexican folklore have been and will be forever in Spanish.
Fisterra promotes personal and social well-being through the arts on a local, national, and global scale, aided by Science and Technology. Fisterra's XYZ Atlas is an interactive public art project that asks why we feel a sense of belonging to a place by mapping experiences and collecting stories that document our highs and lows. We create art, maps, and activations that affect community health and well-being, urban planning, and cultural tourism with diverse outreach strategies to reach art lovers and underserved communities of all ages. Our current cohort collaborates in Austin at the ESB-MACC and across México in CDMX, Cuernavaca, Monterrey, Hermosillo, Mazatlan, and Puebla.