ATLACUALO reinterprets ancient Mexican mythology and iconography to address pressing ecological issues around water rights and shortages. Drawing from the poetry and didactic power of pre-Hispanic myths, it constructs a compelling discourse on the depletion of our natural resources in a production that combines movement, performance art, new music composition, visual art installation, and video. 

Atlacualo is divided into distinct episodes, with [Violeta] Luna taking the lead in evoking a holistic perspective of nature with slow-paced but tightly controlled images of birthing and growth through sacred practices. Navarrete is a motor-mouthed huckster of “agua mágica” – the product of multinational greed. He also beautifully segues into a transformation from an oil-slicked subhuman into a dying fish who dreams of clean water.
— Rita Felciano, Bay Guardian, April 2010

Created by NAKA Dance Theater in collaboration with Violeta Luna, Lauren Elder, Ricardo Rivera, and Javier Torres Maldonado.

(80 minutes)