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Shadow Work - The Execution of the San Patricios
ETC and Radical Evolution ensemble members explore the story of the San Patricios through shadow imagery.
In one of the largest mass executions in United States history, 30 members of the St. Patrick’s Battalion were executed at the moment that the US Flag was raised over Chapultepec Castle, during the battle of Chapultepec Castle, the last major battle of the Mexican American War, as depicted here. Left to Right: Adrian Torres, Jesse Huerta, and Chaveli Flores.
In 2017, Radical Evolution invited members of the El Teatro Campesino's ensemble to New York CIty where we continued to develop the project. The shadow imagery we began with has developed into tableau images, which you can see here.
Featured in this photo (l to r): Carlos Ibarra, Yadira de la Riva, Christy Sandoval, Salome Egas, Adrian Torres
As the San Patricios are legendary for their prowess as an artillery unit, many conversations about how we present this took place, as well as how we present a depiction of war and violence in general. Tableau again felt like a strong structural choice.
Featured in this photo (l to r): Carlos Ibarra, Adrian Torres, Yadira de la Riva, Christy Sandoval. Noe Montaya can be seen in the background.
Music and the San Patricios
Music is a fundamental component of this show. To help us explore, we brought El Teatro Campesino maestro Noé Yaocoatl Montoya, who has both written original music for the show and helped shaped the found music from the era from Irish, Mexican, and US cultural traditions.
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