A Second Look at Casta
by Salvage Vanguard Theater

May. 06, 2017


Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces A Second Look at Casta  by playwright Adrienne Dawes. Directed by Jenny Larson and in collaboration with visual artist Beth Consetta Rubel and composer Graham Reynolds, Casta is a new performance piece inspired by the casta paintings of Nueva España (Mexico).

This series of portraits grew in popularity over the 18th century, and were a unique genre of portraiture, depicting different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy of race and status, as determined by Spanish elites.

(via SVT)

The complexities of contemporary racial identity are echoed in this distant mirror of casta paintings. How do Old World anxieties about ambiguous identities reflect contemporary biases? How can the interaction between performance and visual art, specifically portraiture, open a window for a unique audience experience about racial identity?

Salvage Vanguard presents "a second look” workshop of this exciting new piece-in-progress that will experiment with a museum format for a public performance at the Dougherty Arts Center.


Salvage Vanguard is a Resident Artist Organization of the Dougherty Arts Center through the Museums and Cultural Programs Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.


Performances by Kenah Benefield, Florinda Bryant, Marina De-Yoe Pedraza, Noel Gaulin, Lori Navarrete,  and khattieq. 


(via SVT and Getty Images)

A Second Look at Casta
by Adrienne Dawes, Beth Consetta Rubel, Graham Reynolds,
Salvage Vanguard Theater

May 06, 2017
Dougherty Arts Center
1110 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX, 78704

 Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8pm to 10pm

Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd. For more information please contact jenny@salvagevanguard.org

TICKETS: FREE online or at the door. Reservations can be made at salvagevanguard.org/tickets/