The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival. Following international fringe tenets, the festival provides artists with low-risk, low-cost opportunities to perform by using economies of scale to reduce venue rental costs and by taking 0% of the artist’s earnings. Additionally, the festival also provides the Tucson arts community with avant-garde, non-traditional performing arts at very low ticket prices. Finally, the festival does not curate or select the performances, maintaining an environment in which everyone and anyone can perform. This ensures that underrepresented artistic voices are championed in our community.
The Canción Cannibal Cabaret is a Xicanx punk rock musical—part concept album, part radio play set in a not-so-distant dystopian future. After an environmental apocalypse, La Madre Valiente, a refugee raised under the oppressive State, studies secretly to become the leader of a feminist revolution. In this post-literate future, La Madre “repurposes” old “folk songs” along with original songs and spoken word poetry as hegemonic tools for the revolution.
Her emissaries, Las Hijas de la Madre, roam the land spreading her story, educating others, and galvanizing allies. What the audience witnesses is La Madre’s propaganda campaign crafted to spread her teachings through song, movement, storytelling, poetry, and visual projections. Inspired by current issues of social injustice, this multidisciplinary musical performance piece is a refugee, people of color, feminist, and LGBTQ+ call to action.
Author and lead singer Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO, and was awarded the 2020 American Book Award for Oral Literature. NBC Latino listed her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme. among “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” She won the 2018 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant to film videos for her latest book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret which has toured the state of Texas. The band, Las Hijas de la Madre, are Lety R.Z. (guitar), Kip Austin Hinton (bass), Lorenzo Beas (drums), Jacqueline Salame, and Lilith Tijerina.
Date & Time
Fri, Jan 14, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM