About the Grant

$27,300 to support Cuatro Corridos (MAP 2012), a new music-theater piece by Susan Narucki and Jorge Volpi.

About the Project

Cuatro Corridos is a multidisciplinary music-theater project that addresses a critical human rights issue: human trafficking across the US–Mexican border. It speaks to the shadowy life of those transported across the border—living in circumstances over which they have no control, trapped in lives of prostitution and forced labor. Based on true events, Cuatro Corridos tells its story through the eyes of four women whose lives are intertwined and changed forever.

Cuatro Corridos is a collaboration of Mexican and American creative artists led by soprano Susan Narucki and writer and librettist Jorge Volpi. The hour-long, fully staged production features music by renowned composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang, and Hebert Vázquez Sandrin. Each contributes one act of the story that is connected by a visual narrative. Intimate and portable, the production is conceived and designed to use small forces: three musicians and one singer, simple video screens, and a set created by the use of light and shadow. Other collaborators include acclaimed performers of new music, such as percussionist Steven Schick, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez.
The project also seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by engaging in social activism: disseminating information through multiple media platforms, and through public forums and activities organized in partnership with human rights organizations.
The initial performances of Cuatro Corridos will take place on May 8, 10, and 11, 2013, in the Experimental Theater of the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego.

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