Violeta Luna, Roberto Varea and David Molina 9/29


Parting Memories engages us with an immigrant’s moment of parting. As she readies herself for the crossing, she begins to take inventory of what she will bring with her, and what she will forever leave behind.

Parting… explores an immigrant’s journey in transforming shards of painful memories into “dreams” of possibilities in a new landscape. Forever condemned, or freed, by the space in-between the land she parts from, and the land awaiting on the other side, in the cracks and fractures of the borderland she has to rebuild a new identity and sense of self.

Central to the piece is the voice of Rosa Molina, narrating to her son, our musician and collaborator David Molina, the real story of her migration from El Salvador to the United States as a result of the US’ sponsored war that ravaged her country. This is also his story, and in profound and unsettling ways, the current reality of those who are forced to leave their home and migrate, only to be met of a new kind of violence where they were seeking refuge and relief. In Spanish and English.

Parting Memories - CREDITS
Concept / Performance/ Props & Costumes: Violeta Luna
Original Music: David Molina
Video Concept & Montage: Roberto Varea & Mickey Tachibana
Concept and direction: Roberto Varea

Violeta Luna




Violeta Luna’s (Actress/Performance Artist/Activist) work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement.  Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena.  Born in Mexico City, Luna obtained her graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro (UNAM,) and La Casa del Teatro. She has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Rwanda, Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and USA. While primarily working as a solo performer, she is also an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra (LPN) and Secos Y Mojados. She is a Creative Capital and National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fellow, and a member of The Magdalena Project: International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre. Significant works include: Requiem for a Lost Land, Frida, NK603: Action for Performer and e-Maiz, Apuntes sobre la Frontera and a series of collaborations with LPN.

Roberto Varea 

Roberto Varea’s creative work and writing focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence.  His stage work and writing includes direction and dramaturgy in community-based projects, publishing in journals and two books Acting Together, Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Vols. 1 & 2 (New Village Press, 2011-2012). He is a regular collaborator of Violeta Luna and David Molina, primarily as part of the performance collective Secos Y Mojados. Roberto is co-founder of the Performing Arts & Social Justice and the Critical Diversity Studies Programs at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as Director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA).

David Molina

David Molina (composer) is an award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist/designer and recording engineer. He has created music and sound for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, television, installation, and multimedia productions for the past 18 years. Recently he has been inventing and building instruments from salvaged materials, which become part of interactive, multimedia installations displayed at galleries and festivals, including a solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013,) He has worked with numerous bay area theatre companies, performing arts venues, educational institutions, museums, and with several regional companies and organizations throughout the U.S., and has performed and had his music featured internationally. He is a founding member of the interdisciplinary troupe Secos Y Mojados (2009 Creative Capital grantees). David just returned from an extensive European tour with Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids. His music and bands: Ghosts and Strings, Transient, Earthlike, and Impuritan are available on Resting Bell (Berlin,) Dorog Records (Peru,) Black Note Music (USA,) Distant Spore (USA,) or through his own D.I.Y. releases.