I grew up dancing ballet at the University of the Incarnate Word under Buddy and Susan Trevino in the 80s and 90s. After the death of my mother, I took a significant time away from the stage. Amalia Ortiz inspired me to return to life as a performance artist. I set the dance choreography for her musical, Carmen de la Calle in 2011. Later in 2017 I auditioned for the Cancion Cancion Cannibal Cabaret, and I have been a cast member since. In 2021, I performed as a parent in party scene in Alamo City Art’s The Nutcracker. I am a dance teacher, specializing in ballet, at Dance Life Studio. I was lucky to grow up a part of a supportive community and a loving culture full of color and pride. These are the privileges that comes with growing up Tejana in San Antonio. But as I continue this journey in life, I see more and more injustices and I cannot turn away. I hope to dedicate this part of my journey as an artist to fight the powers at be. Through my art, I hope to inspire people to continue important conversations on the harm caused by systems of government.
\"La Frontera Te Llama,\" \"Rememory of Strange Fruit,\" and “50 Foot Fugee ” by Amalia Ortiz http://amaliaortiz.net/rnDirected by Pepe Garcia Gillingrnhttp://www.mexartivist.com/rnLyrics by Amalia Ortiz, copyright 2019. rnrnThis video is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Southwest Airlines, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.rnrnMusic by Mick Jones, copyright 1979, published on the album \'London Calling\' by The Clash. rnrnMusic by Abel Meeropol, copyright 1937, published on the single \"Strange Fruit\" by Billie Holiday in 1939. rnrnMusic by Polly Jean Harvey, copyright 1993, published on the album \'Rid of Me\' by released by Island Records. rnrnMusic is used for social commentary constituting parody, protected by the Fair Use clause §107 of The Copyright Act of 1976 (cf. Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569, 1994).rnrnThis video was made possible by a NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant. rnrnLyrics published in the book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, by Amalia Ortiz, available at https://aztlanlibrepress.com/rnrnVideo filmed in 2019 in Texas. Music and video performances by Las Hijas de la Madre: Amalia Ortiz, Jacque Salame, Maria Ibarra, Lily Tijerina, Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic, Dan Flutur, Lorenzo Beas, Juan Ramos, Kip Austin Hinton.