Award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama returns to the Lehigh Valley for his sixth visit since 1998 to present Aliens, a sci-fi Latino Noir Multimedia Solo. The performance, the second in a planned trilogy, satirizes the status of Latino immigrants as aliens and explores the trends in hate crimes against immigrants across the United States.
Torres-Tama deftly shape-shifts into a variety of ‘aliens’ — from a Swamp Shaman to a Nicaraguan woman to a Mexican Methodist Minister — who expose the hypocrisies of a system that vilifies the same people whose labor it readily exploits.
“Torres-Tama is both a versatile writer who can be lyrically evocative as well as bitingly humorous, and an impressive performer.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Torres-Tama treads that dangerously vague turf of performance art gracefully… He takes Latino life on a magical mystery tour with dexterity and daring.”
—The Village Voice (New York)
Run time: 80 minutes, talkback with artist follows the show after a brief pause