Carmina Escobar Bajo la Sombra del Sol (Under the Sun’s Shadow)

Carmina Escobar: Bajo la Sombra del Sol (Under the Sun's Shadow)

World Premiere

“Escobar’s work is important, beautiful, and untranslatable.”
Artillery Magazine

“BOSS WITCH is an interdisciplinary phenomenon that enacts and expresses love, justice, healing, spirituality, and performance. Steered by the incredibly talented Carmina Escobar, Madison Heying, and Madeline Falcone, BOSS WITCH is set to change our frames of mind with its voice rituals and environmental sacraments.” —Yxta Murray

Bajo la Sombra del Sol / Under the Sun’s Shadow is a performative hypertextural scenic work by Carmina Escobar that is staged, makes communion with, and gathers multimedia material at the natural landscape of Mono Lake, California. Using the creation of myth as a way to reintegrate the notion of ecstasy in the social realm to define our ontological principles and communal consecration to social togetherness.

The work is a collaboration with Boss Witch Productions, an artistic production company focused on the intersection of experimental sound art, ritual performance, video art, and transmedia collaboration within natural landscapes. Including a powerful array of artists, performers, and producers: Jerónimo Naranjo, Dorian Wood, Tanya Orellana, Yulissa Maqueos, Wesam Nassar, Oguri, Mark Allen, Madeline Falcone, Matthew Johns, Jose Pablo Jimenez, Justin Asher, Mataji Booker Graham, Israel Castañeda, Madison Heying, Kozue Matsumoto, Milo Tamez, Roxanne Steinberg, Hyoin Jun, and Asher Hartman.

Structured in nine chapters, the performance traverses five sites in Mono Lake during five interventions, from sunrise to sundown. The piece is experienced in two ways: at Mono Lake as part of a minimal live audience; and at REDCAT, with an immersive installation in November that brings the audience on a journey towards our own shadow, including live performances interwoven with film in a multi-screen theatrical environment.

Jeronimo Naranjo’s custom-built instruments inhabit both spaces: a membrane sun drum with string filaments that extends throughout Mono Lake into the South Tufa, which opens the surreal solar system of our unconscious. 

Behind this sun, an unknown monster, menacing to confront us with our own darkness.The creatures on this land, figures of nascent light, debonded from the constructs of another human world, must fall into the abyss of darkness to find the true nature within themselves and give birth to a new collective mythology in order to survive. For this they must find in destruction the cause of coming to being, to find the love that lives in the dark corner, to find the sacredness in our relationship to nature as part of ourselves, and the will to live.

UPDATE: The Mono Lake performance has been postponed due to the closure of Inyo National Forest. For more information about the future work on site at Mono Lake, please email

Bajo la Sombra del Sol (Under the Sun’s Shadow) is funded in part with generous support from the Elizabeth A. Greenberg Fund and Seth Polen. Additional support for this project is made possible by the National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit REDCAT is a Partner of the National Performance Network.



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THU 11/18
8:30 pm
FRI 11/19
8:30 pm
SAT 11/20
8:30 pm
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