May 5-7, 2023
Llontop by Anonymous Ensemble
An original multimedia theater production, Anonymous Ensemble‘s Llontop celebrates Andean culture and language through an interactive installation of Peruvian heirlooms and a live performance featuring song-poems in Quechua. For its creation and development, the project brings together four core members of Anonymous Ensemble—Lucrecia Briceño, Eamonn Farrell, Liz Davito, Jessica Weinstein, director Ashley Tata, composer Paul Pinto, and poet Irma Alvarez-Ccoscco. In its conception and design, Llontop welcomes diverse in-person and virtual audiences alike.
Llontop is an evening-length, real space, and live streaming performance that layers music, poetry, and interactive media set in a wool, steel, and light installation of Peruvian heirlooms. Both before and after the performance, Llontop invites the audience to use their own mobile devices to frame and “recognize” heirlooms which causes the objects to tell stories, creating an individualized audio journey of discovery led by voices from throughout the Andean diaspora.
In the performance portion of the work, Irma Alvarez-Ccoscco’s haunting song poems are set in specific moments in Quechua history from the brutal conquest of the Incas in 1532 through the eighteenth century indigenous uprising of Tupac Amaru II, and on up to the present burgeoning of Quechua empowerment. The poems are performed using Anonymous Ensemble’s signature “live film” aesthetic with projections, music, and a simultaneous live stream of the performance to Zoom audiences throughout the world.
Each performance is followed by a conversation between the Llontop artists and audiences in real space and throughout the Andean diaspora via Zoom. Ultimately, Llontop is a powerful community experience that bridges divides between co called North and South America and honors the people of the Andes, their language, their culture, their history, and their future.
In-person performances at PREGONES THEATER (575 Walton Avenue in The Bronx)
Friday, May 5: Preview Performance @7:30pm, Doors @6:30pm
Saturday, May 6: Opening Night @7:30pm, Doors @6:30pm
Sunday, May 7: Closing Performance @3pm, Doors @2pm
Come early for Peruvian food and to experience the installation and bring headphones for your mobile device! The performance and installation are in multilingual Spanish/English/Quechua format. A conversation with the artists will follow each performance.
All performances are FREE with reservation. In-person seating is limited; Zoom option available. RESERVE NOW ON AIRTABLE: https://airtable.com/shrtqOi3FsLjwpKFi