An Homage to Whatshername


A Door in the Desert

Culminating in two world premiere, full-length pieces in May 2017, Almanac hosts a four-month platform for creation, reflection, listening, and learning.

Our friend and collaborator, the Mexican performer/choreographer/designer/clown Emmanuel Becerra, as well as Almanac company members from across the United States, gather to collectively conduct and publicly offer our research. Workshops, community events, free public performances, and open process sharings are taking place throughout Philadelphia. 

As a company, Almanac has always sought to break down barriers between genres in the performance world, learning from difference. In this charged political moment we turn our focus to the boundaries that separate us from each other. We spend this time thinking, creating, and learning from friends new and old. We focus this research into:

FRONTERAS: An Homage to Whatshername precariously balances celebration of female stamina with resistance to the gendered distinction that frames our strength as extraordinary in the first place. 

FRONTERAS: A Door in the Desert is an acrobatic journey through transcendence and back, earnestly questioning why we divide and label ourselves. What do we owe our neighbors? ¿Que debemos a nuestros vecinos?

Photos by Daniel Kontz

Fronteras is Generously supported by

 Mexican Cultural Center

Mexican Cultural Center



The Charlotte Cushman Foundation

and individual donors like you