Graham Reynolds, music
Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol, libretto
Shawn Sides, director
Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance is an experimental chamber opera about the life and death of Pancho Villa. Commissioned by Ballroom Marfa, the project is the third installment of The Marfa Triptych, a genre-hopping trilogy of musical performances by visionary Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds (Golden Arm Trio, Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory). The opera is an insightful examination of the Mexican and Mexican-American impact on the culture and politics of West Texas, contributing to the current and timely conversation about borders and the limitations of the concept of delineated states. Mexico City-based theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol contributed the libretto, and Shawn Sides (Rude Mechs) directs.
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