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Workshop: Practices of Women and Nonbinary and Genderqueer Artists of Color
With her voice and guitar, Diana Alvarez creates an atmosphere where you can hear a "pin drop." Alvarez's soulful, bilingual music exalts queer love and liberation, and is the armature of her multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera. Described by the press as "a visually and acoustically stunning performance meant to honor women, non-binary and genderqueer people of color," Quiero Volver features Alvarez's original music, sonic text scores, a poem-script for ensemble performance, and documentary video portraits. In 2018, Quiero Volver was produced by grassroots organizers and Smith College at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, where the performance event raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives through the Southern Poverty Law Center.