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 The Bi Cultural Road Show Comes to San Francisco

The Carpetbag Brigade Newsletter


Midsummer 2013

August in the Bay Area!

After three months on the road The Bi Cultural Road Show is coming to San Francisco. Look for an array of performances throughout the city in the first three weeks of August from The Carpetbag Brigade, Nemcatacoa Teatro, Verbo*Bala and Hojarasca.

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- San Francisco Performances -
- Autumn Schedule -
- Words and Videos about the Bi Cultural Road Show-
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San Francisco, California
August 2nd - 18th

August 2nd, 3rd, 4th @ 7:30pm
"Callings" & "Sonoran Strange"
Dance Mission Theater
Brown Paper Tickets
Costs: $20 (buy tickets)
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August 2nd, 3rd, 4th @ 8:15pm
"Landscape Reinvention Society"
24th Street BART and Mission
Free Event
Hosted by the San Francisco International Arts Festival in coordination with the Mission Area Performance Project (MAPP)
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August 11th @ 2pm
"Dios de la Adrenalina"
Union Square, 333 Post St- Free Event
Hosted by the San Francisco International Arts Festival
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August 12th - 16th @ 10am - 6pm
WORKSHOP: Open Society Project / Global Stilt Congress
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, CA
August 19th - 24th - Dos Rios, Mendocino County, CA
Please make reservations by emailing

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August 12th @ 7:30 pm
The Tradition of Stiltwalking in Colombia
Dance Mission Theater
Lecture Demonstration - Sliding Scale $5 - $15
August 14th @ 7:30 pm
Street Theater in a Society of Conflict
Dance Mission Theater
Lecture Demonstration - Sliding Scale $5 - $15
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August 16th @ 7:30pm
Mission Cultural Center
Tickets  $15
hosted by The San Francisco International Arts Festival

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August 17th @ 1pm - 2:30pm
Open Society Project "Dios de la Adrenalina"
Yerba Buena Gardens - Free Event
Hosted by the San Francisco International Arts Festival
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August 18th @ 2pm
"Callings" & "Landscape Reinvention Society"
Union Square, 333 Post St- Free Event
Hosted by the San Francisco International Arts Festival
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August 24th @ 5pm
Open Society Project Performance
Dos Rios, CA
Dos Rios' Dance Mission Farm
Summer Feast

Dios de la Adrenalina
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What is The Bi Cultural Road Show? On the surface it is the amalgamation of performances being presented by The Carpetbag Brigade, Nemcatacoa Teatro, Verbo*Bala and Hojarasca during their tour of the United States. But what is happening amongst this mix of cultures and personalities. What are the currents in this fishtank of expression? We are 20 people in an arcological embryo, hidden in the desert utopia of a visonary architect. We are harboring a theatrical research between two cultures, but in essence we simply encounter ourselves while shedding our cultural conditioning.


We wake up. We train. We condition our bodies to use stilts. We repeat actions, gestures and dances. We share weight and space and direction. We filter our improvisations seeking meaning, beauty and clarity. We argue, we misunderstand each other's intentions. We fill the container of time up with voices, movement, chaos, salt, corn starch, melting ice, dust, sweat and occaisional drops of blood. The wind drives through the arched vaults of Arcosanti, parching us dry. We count out loud and crawl, climb and fall. The days pass in a slow evolutionary process. The pressure of diminishing time builds, bending the shape of our collective organism into new orientations. Patience ebbs and flows. The puzzle of a performance reveals itself. The reward of our perseverance is finding a way to be together in the flow of time.



We are all individuals caught in the waves of our cultural identities; not something we chose, but something we were born into. As performaners, we examine those predetermined patterns through reflection and incubate a connection concocted in the forge of genuine exchange. What is underneath the cliches of the cultures we inhabit? How have the rough broadstrokes of history, economic force, colonialism and religion shaped our relationship to each other and the earth we inhabit. We are rooting through our attempts, failures, and successes to find a path that illuminates who we can be with each other, how we can be with each other and what we can be with each other. We are changing our bodies, our thoughts, our capacity for language, our perceptual sphere, our daily rhythm, our lifestyle out of a desire to transform the present moment into a visceral prayer.


Art is a vehicle. It articulates a syntax of possibility by weaving a tapestry of beauty out of culture clash and traumatic history . By threading paralell stories into a deeper context art globalizes liberation and uses resistance as a tool to deepen peace. The collective affirmation of individual experience transforms perception and creates shared values.


The Bi Cultural Road Show is building a Medicine Ark to float above and beyond the flood of boundaries and identities.


 Bi Cultural Road Show Video


Dios de la Adrenalina Process - Video

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Coming up in September
The Carpetbag Brigade presents The Bi Cultural Road Show, Dios de la Adrenalina and The Open Society Project in New Mexico.
Coming up in October
Events in and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
Coming up in November
Landscape Reinvention Society in San Antonio, Texas 
Coming up in December
Rest and Relaxation.
If you wish to support us and our mission as we move through 2013, there are many ways to give support...

We are looking for donated vegetable oil for our bus in Arizona, The Bay Area of California and eventually San Antonio, Santa Fe and New Orleans. Please contact us if you can help.

We are also looking for housing in New York City in early July 2013 and in San Francisco in August 2013. Please contact us if you can help.

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Money is always helpful....and there are other specific items that can help us....
Please visit Our PayPal Link to make a tax-deductible donation.


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Excited to see you in 2013!


Jay Ruby and

The Carpetbag Brigade



The Bi Cultural Road Show  is made possible by support from the NEA, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

Creating both spectacle-based dramatic outdoor perormances and intimate indoor black box self devised works, the mission of The Carpetbag Brigade is to increase the quality, scope and impact of live performance culture through performer training, community outreach and aesthetic presentation. By utilizing performance art and its pedagogy as a tool to transcend language, class, and genetic heritage we seek to create bridges of understanding by sharing our craft locally and globally in diverse urban and rural settings.

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The Carpetbag Brigade
PO Box 422862
San Francisco, California 95436