sabor a mí: still here 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Arts/Theater
Contact: Natalia Vigil | 415.498.0883 | email@example.com
Queer Latinx locals talk survival, one year after Pulse
San Francisco, CA (May 30, 2017) - With the anniversary fast-approaching of a mass shooting targeting mostly LGBTQ Latinx community members, coupled with a surge of anti-Latinx/queer/trans/immigrant hate, Latinx have gained mainstream visibility by being targets of violence.
For queer Latinx community members born and raised in the Bay Area, the challenge to survive is that much harder, as the people and spaces most familiar are erased daily.
In Sabor a Mí: Still Here 5, survivors of gentrification and other forms of violence find their voice and tell stories of survival. Still Here is an annual multidisciplinary performance that reveals the experiences of Queer/LGBTQI individuals raised in San Francisco and still living in San Francisco/Bay Area. Each year, it is one of the most popular parts of the National Queer Arts Festival in June.
In its 5th year, Still Here will center the experiences of artists from the Latinx diaspora. "We believe that as storytellers, poets, multimedia artists, singers, and dancers, we can contribute profound re-understanding of time and place," says Still Here producer Natalia Vigil. "We believe it is critical to voice our complex experiences as Latinx with strong San Francisco roots and understand that we have made profound contributions to San Francisco."
This year’s show makes space for the issues that have become the foundation of Still Here while also providing insight to Latinx identities: queerness, coming out, sex, loss, AIDS/HIV, and historical legacy.
"Still Here 5 is urgent: We all live in an area where people are still being discriminated against, still being displaced, with such disregard,” says Still Here artist Kaira P.
The show's title (translated to "Taste of Me") is a nod to Sabor a Mí, which wikipedia notes is "a 1959 bolero by Mexican composer and singer Álvaro Carrillo. It was internationally popularized by Los Panchos, who collaborated on their rendition with Eydie Gormé in 1964. Among the over 300 songs that he created, this song was considered Carrillo's biggest hit both in Mexico and internationally."
Still Here artist Prado G. notes, "Sabor a Mí reminds me that not only does San Francisco leave its mark on us, but we also leave our mark, our impression, our influence on San Francisco. It shaped us, it shapes us, but we also shape it."
"Through this show, artists claim our visibility as queer/trans Latinx," says Vigil. "We exist. We are visible. We emerge. We own our stories. We tell them with our own flavor. And, as always, we survive."