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Sep 23

Los Angeles & Seattle Premieres of Pancho Villa


when: October 10, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel > 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015



when: November 16 – 19, 2017
where: On the Boards > 100 W. Roy St, Seattle, WA 98119


Austin-based composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds – celebrated for wide-ranging credits that include film scores for Richard Linklater and collaborations with Jack Black and DJ Spooky – leads a rousing bi-lingual, cross-border opera that pays tribute to a revolutionary and legendary figure. Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance explores the life and legacy of Pancho Villa, and sonically traverses both Mexican and American perspective to reveal intersection and conflicts to create a borderless dialogues about the shared histories of Mexico and the United States. Featuring hybrid compositional and production techniques and an extensive sound palette, Pancho Villa is a rousing transnational collaboration that brings together Mexico City theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol as librettists, director Shawn Sides of Rude Mechs, Austin Lyric Opera tenor Paul Sanchez, mezzo-soprano Liz Cass, Grammy Award winning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada, and backed by a stella chamber ensemble with remixes by famed Monterrey based DJ Toy Selectah.


Originally commissioned by Ballroom Marfa as part of The Marfa Triptych, a genre-hopping trilogy of visionary musicial performances by Graham Reynolds. Featured at Fusebox Festival 2017 and premiering in Los Angeles and Seattle this Fall.



Performed in English and Spanish, with English and Spanish supertitles.


Learn more here and view trailers here.