The Pandemic Stories of Farmworkers
June 2021 - TBA
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Mi Camino is a powerful new song cycle created by composer & Artistic Director Héctor Armienta that gives voice to farmworkers in the greater Bay Area. Through song and multimedia—including animations—Mi Camino portrays real stories shared by these important yet often forgotten members of our community, focusing on the impact of COVID-19.
In 2020, Armienta conducted interviews with regional farmworkers to document their stories. Video excerpts, photos, and writings from these interviews served as inspiration for the music, and will be incorporated into the visual storytelling of the work.
Mi Camino will also harness technology to combine footage of singers with animations (including avatars and virtual worlds), creating visually powerful moments that portray the compelling stories of the farmworkers and inspire reflection on our collective experience in this particular time in history.
MORE ABOUT MI CAMINO:
Mi Camino is Part II of a community-invigorated song cycle (La Frontera Project), created by composer and Artistic Director Héctor Armienta, focusing on stories of immigration. Part I: Cuentos de Peregrinación retells the heart wrenching and inspirational stories of immigrants who have made the arduous journey from Mexico to the United States. It premiered in 2014 at the Mexican Heritage Theater–School of Arts and Culture in San Jose, directed by Kinan Valdez, and conducted by Temirzhan Yerzhanov.Special thanks to our partners for this project who helped us identify individuals to interview from regional farmworker communities: Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS) (Half Moon Bay CA), Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County (Watsonville CA), and Veggielution (San Jose CA).
Artwork by Elba Raquel
This project is supported in part by:
Applied Materials Foundation; California Arts Council; Castellano Family Foundation; Fleishhacker Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Office of Cultural Affairs – City of San José, an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates; Silicon Valley Strong of Silicon Valley Community Foundation; the Cultura Guild; and Friends of Opera Cultura.
Lead Artist Sponsor: Rita Elizabeth Horiguchi
Artista & Maestro Circle Donors: Herman and Maricela Gallegos, Rita Elizabeth Horiguchi, Mitch Nelson, Anne Sconberg, Fernando and Cecily Zazueta