This cabaret-style dance theater performance created in collaboration with Mission Neighborhood Health Clinic’s Hermanos de Luna y Sol, an HIV risk-reduction intervention program for Spanish-speaking Latinx individuals. Established in 1995, HLS offers peer social support and a safe, fun environment where participants can connect with others with similar experiences. The program is based on research by Dr. Rafael M. Diaz and emphasizes cultural pride, community building, and personal empowerment.

The work was an homage to the 1950s Golden Era of Mexican cinema and melodrama. It premiered  at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, October 19-21, 2001.

Terciopelo was possible by the generous support of the California Arts Council/Multicultural Art Program, Dance Mission and generous individual supporters.

Conceived by José Navarrete

Directed by Luis Francisco Escobedo

Performers: Crystal Sánchez Fabian, Roger Navarrete, Alejandro Córdoba, Humberto Resendiz, Eduardo Antonio, José Navarrete, Emmanuel Martin Magana, Jovana Felix Escoto, Christian Romero, Debby Kajiyama, Tina Banchero, Adriana Navarrete, Emmanuel Martin Magana

Script by José Navarrete with additional text by Jaime Sabines

Costumes and Makeup by Hector León

Sets and Lighting Design by José María Francos

Sound Designer: Patty Clemens

Sound Engineer: Andy Keefer

Sound Assistant: Jesus Moreno

Technical Director: Tim Pickerell

Technical Assistant: Carlos Sandoval

Box Office: Alejandrina Sandoval