...and what it means to me.
I discovered the world of Shadow Puppetry through my mentor Janie Geiser, a multidisciplinary artist, while I was studying at California Institute of the Arts. Immediately after taking her class I began work on a project involving shadow puppetry to expose the life of an immigrant Elephant Family; this project was called 'Familia Elefante'.
I soon felt the impact of creating a show using shadows that I never once felt before as a stage actor. I discovered the magic that shadow puppetry holds in teleporting any audience to the world I create. Shadow puppetry is a mystical force that invites you to create the world with me and this simple task is priceless in the arena of theatre and activism. Shadow puppetry has created a space for all parties to collaborate and evolve.
The shadow is not just an image that devours the stage with its magic. The shadow is a partner. The shadow is a being that exists with the other on the stage. The shadow is the audience and their wildest dreams.
Jairo is the co-founder of Familia Elefante, which was created with collaborator Tanya Orellana.
Red and Boiling
Lesbian porn! Just kidding -- for once we tell our own narrative. Red and Boiling is a whimsical drag and shadow puppet show created by Noga Yechieli Wind and Jairo Rivas about queer womyn and their lives beyond the act of coming out. Hasadick will take you through a world of striking shadow puppetry using comedy and lip sync. Hasadick’s journey explores the lives of queer womyn and non-binary individuals from different countries, religions, ethnicities, and ages. Come laugh, celebrate and rediscover your identity with us. Based on hours of real life interviews, every performance changes as new testimonies are shared verbatim. Red and Boiling is like soup, a pot of queer stories, a pinch of drag, a dash of lip sync, a few slices of comedy, and most importantly, salt.
Learn more at www.redandboiling.com!