Marfa Dialogues

The Marfa Triptych: Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance

November 11 & 12, 2016

Ballroom Marfa Presents
The Marfa Triptych: Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance
Friday, November 11, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
The Crowley Theater, 98 South Austin St, Marfa, Texas

Tickets for the public premiere on 11/12 are SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please email

To purchase tickets to the VIP Premiere on November 11 click here.

The Marfa Triptych is three portraits of West Texas as envisioned by Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds, inspired by Reynolds’ interest in the intermingled populations of the Texas-Mexico border regions, from ejido to ranch to the visual arts community. We are proud to present the final chapter of the Triptych, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, on November 11 and 12 at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas.

The first installment in The Marfa Triptych, The Country & Western Big Band Suite, was performed in November 2013 at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas. An instrumental suite for 13 players, Reynolds described the piece as “classic instrumental country meets Western soundtrack meets power jazz rhythm section.” Vogue called it “beautiful and raucous.”

Reynolds performed the second composition, a live score to the desert sunset, on October 4, 2014, at the Overlook at Mimms Ranch in Marfa, Texas. Among an intimate audience of 60, Reynolds played acoustic piano and various percussion instruments as the sun set and the moon rose.

The final piece in the Triptych, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, is an experimental chamber opera for two singers and six instrumentalists using a hybrid of compositional techniques, including looping and sampling, overdubbed layers of vocals, improvisation mixed with notation, remixes by Mexican electronic artists, and devised theater staging and conception practices. A culmination of the themes developed in the first two sections, Pancho Villa reflects the Mexican and Mexican-American impact on the region, the permeability of borders, and the limitations of our concept of delineated states.

The team includes composer Graham Reynolds; Mexico City-based theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol as librettists; Shawn Sides of the Rude Mechs as director; Austin Lyric Opera tenor Paul Sanchez as Pancho Villa; and Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Quesada on guitar.

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    The Marfa Triptych: Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance has been made possible by the generous support of Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; Creative Capital; Fusebox Festival; Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.

    The independent jury of the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative has endorsed this project.

    In-kind support provided by Big Bend Brewing Company, Gem & Bolt, and SAVED Wines.

    Special thanks to Art Basel, The Big Bend Sentinel, Ron Berry, Jennifer Boomer Trammell, Camp Bosworth, The Capri, Vicente Celis, Tim Crowley, the Crowley Theater, Suzanne Deal Booth, Justin Elliott, David Fenster, Danielle Firoozi, Fusebox, Jenner Gorn, Jessica Hodin, Nicki Ittner, Buck Johnston, Kickstarter, Matt and Mikelle Kruger, David Lobel, Marfa Meat Company, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Alex Marks, Willa McDonald, Victoria Rogers, the Townsend Austin, Noel Waggener, and Molly Walker.

    Crowley Theater

    Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance is also made possible by these generous backers of our Kickstarter campaign:

    Sandra Adair, Anne Adams, Peggy and Jim Adams, Sarah Adler, Pablo Alvarado, Chris Amatruda, Valerie and Robert Arber, ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann, Art Production Fund, Susan Moore Ashcroft, Robin Aufses, Carol Austin, Austin Art Services, Jessica Ayers, Andrew Bacon, Sven Terje Bang, Melanie Barr, Diane Barnes, Elizabeth Baskin, Daphne Beal, R. Michael Berrier, Bruce Benson, Leah Bentley, Karen Bernstein, Jacqueline Berry, Heather Bhandari, Michael Bisbee, Stuart Bishop, Joe B. Bland, Erika Blumenfeld, Ted Bonin, Kristin Bonkemeyer, Alexia Bonomi and Bill Willis, Suzanne Deal Booth, Luke Borders, Ryan Botkin, Bill Bragin, BRNNR, David Brody, Steve Bunch, Annie Bush, Charles Butt, Anna Button, James Cone, Carole Carden, Liz Cass, Cassie, John Caulkins, Grace Cha, Erika Clarke, S. Clements, Brooke Collins, Cynthia Collins, Teresa Corbin, Cristina, Stephen Curran, Michael Dahlke, Ann Daughety, Eric Davis, Janie DeGuerin, Brenda Delao, Paul Dery, Deborah Devins, L.B. Deyo, Fern Diaz, JD DiFabbio, Fairfax Dorn, John and Lisa Dorn, Hans Dorsinville, Pam Duerr, Glory Edim, David Egeland, Tahn Eismann, Emily, Elaine Emmi, Matt Emmi, Anne-Cecilie Engell Speyer, Steven Esparza, Patrick Evans, Nina Fanti, Mary Farley, Judd Farris, Jim Findlay, Jay Fitzgerald, Kerthy Fix, James Flyn, Dawn Forrest, Heather Forrester, Helen Winkler Fosdick, Katie Price Fowlkes, Julene Franki, Frazier-Brown, Douglas B. Friedman, Mary Gaitan, Christine Garcia, Becky Gardner, Rebecca Gardner, Cathy Gaubert, Trey Gerfers, Genevieve Gill, Lezlie Glade, Isabell Glimcher, Lilly Glimcher, Rebbecca Louise Goddammit, Golden Hornet Project, Matthew Goudeau, Ihor Gowda, Natalie Grand, Christine Green, Cheryl Guerrero, Mark Guiducci, Harvey Guion, Lisa Hagemann, Tom Haines, Laura Hajovsky, Luc Hale, Donna M Hall, Jim and Marty Hamilton, Robert Hammond, Brian Harnetty, Lisa Hart, Maximilien Hein, Dawn Hennessey, Brie Hensold, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Howard Hilliard, Remi Hisataka, Jessica Hodin, Tom Hollenback, Virginia Honig, Cedric Howe, Nicki Ittner, Steph Itz, Mathew Day Jackson, Catalina Maria Johnson, Jenny Johnson, Buck Johnston, Kendra Jones, Brian Jose, Dean Kameros, Randy Kaplan, Shelley Kaplan, Emily Keeton, Irene Keil, Danielle and Brooks Kieschnick, Shane Kimzey, Tammy and Jamie King, Beth Klehr, Megan Koch, Willa Koerner, Koikuri, Sheryl L. Kolasinski, Rex Koontz, Claire Kugler, Leslie Kuhn, Allie Laird, Jenny Laird, Virginia Lebermann, Jon Leland, Richard Leonarz, Mike Levy, David Lobel, Tina and Michael Lobel, John Loner, Laura Lotti, Gary Luedecke, Robbie Luke, JB Lyde, Katherine Magy, Ethan Maki, Billy Marginot, Janet Maykus, Shannon McCormick, Willa McDonald, Kate McKenna, Mano Mercantile, Laura Merritt, The Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation, Kathryn Millan, Michael Mitchell, Polly Monear, Andrew and Brucie Moore, Carol Moore, Phillip and Vicki Moran, Phillipe Muller, Molly Murray, Keith Napoleon, Jason Neulander, Mike Nicholson, Fredrik Nilsen, Sharon Oberlander, Connor Oman, Kimberly Orr, Jon Otis, The Owl Wine Bar and Home Goods, Katherine Pan, Liz Pappademas, Tracy LaQuey Parker, Chase Pashkowich, Carolyn Pfeiffer, Stacy Pinelli, John Pitts, Bettina Prentice, Anita Prewett, Maria Giulia Prezioso, David Quin, Rajendra, Edia Ramey, Cassandra Ramirez, Rikhi Ramrakha, Joe Randel, Kendel Ratley, Renee Reed, Ginger Reeder, Raul Reymundi, George Reynolds, Graham Reynolds, Brooke Robinson, Isha Rogers, Lawrence Rogers, Victoria Rogers, Lees Romano, Michal Rosenn, Georgina Rovirosa, Jennifer Ash Rudick, Gryphon Rue, Charles Ruger, David Ruiz and Bank of America, Nancy Sanders, Katherine Sandoz, Valerie Santerli, Sara, Riccardo Sartori, Cindy Scroggins, Francisco Segura and Randy Rubio, Eugene Sepulveda, Rajendra Serber, Jorge Sermini, Barbara Shack, Katherine Shaughnessy, Eiji Shimizu, Jay Shull, Laura Sico, Max Alexander Singer, Siobhan, Kristin Sjoberg, Paul Smithyman, Joe Specht, Melanie Spiegel, Susan Spies, Caitlin Stedman, John Stokes, Dena Stoner, Joey Story, Sara Story, DJ Stout, Yancey Strickler, Brooke Stroud, Robert Summers, Rima Suqi, Molly Surno, Tom and Diana Sutton, Julie Swoope, Daryl Tanner, Katy Taylor, Lonn and Deedee Taylor, Rachel Blackney Tepper, Frances and Robin Thompson, Laura Thoms, Tizoctrevino, Jolene Torr, Dale Truitt, Max Tuncar, James Turnbull, Kristina Van Dyke and Jeff Fort, Signe Veje, Mike Vernusky, Yvonne Force and Leo Villareal, Beth Viner, T.A. Vogler, Molly Walker, Libby Walter, Eric Damon Walters, Tonya Walton, Julie Ann Ward, Katie Watkins, Dale Weaver, Andrew Webster, Meghan Wells, Billy Werb, Marissa Wertheimer, Allison Wheeler, Jenni Wieland, Melody Wilcocks, Brandon Williams, Elizabeth Williams, Janet Williams and Bill McDonald, Annie Wilson, Sarah Woodhatch, David Wright, Will Yankus, Jim Yoder, Alison Young, Nick Yulman, and Tieg Zaharia

    Tickets for the public premiere on 11/12 are SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please email

    To purchase tickets to the VIP Premiere on November 11 click here.

    Graham Reynolds. Photo by Alex Marks.     librettists Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol

    The Marfa Triptych: Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance
    (El Tríptico de Marfa: Pancho Villa desde una distancia segura)
    11y 12 de noviembre en el Teatro Crowley de Marfa, Texas

    The Marfa Triptych (El Tríptico de Marfa) son tres retratos del oeste de Texas visualizados por el compositor con sede en Austin Graham Reynolds, inspirados por el interés que tiene Reynolds en las poblaciones entremezcladas de las regiones fronterizas entre Texas y México, desde el ejido hasta la hacienda y la comunidad de artes visuales. Nos enorgullece presentar el capítulo final del tríptico, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance (Pancho Villa desde una distancia segura), los días 11 y 12 de noviembre en el Teatro Crowley de Marfa, Texas.

    El primer episodio de El Tríptico de Marfa, The Country & Western Big Band Suite, fue interpretado en noviembre de 2013 en el Teatro Crowley en Marfa, Texas. Una suite instrumental para 13 músicos, una pieza que Reynolds describió como “música country clásico-instrumental que se junta con una banda sonora del oeste que se junta con una sección de ritmo de power jazz.” Vogue lo describió como “hermoso y estridente.”

    Reynolds interpretó la segunda composición, una partitura en directo a la puesta del sol en el desierto, el 4 de octubre de 2014 en el mirador de la Hacienda Mimms de Marfa, Texas. Entre un público íntimo de 60 personas, Reynolds tocó el piano acústico y varios instrumentos de percusión a medida que se ponía el sol y salía la luna.

    La pieza final del Tríptico, Pancho Villa desde una distancia segura, es una ópera de cámara experimental para dos cantantes y seis instrumentalistas empleando un híbrido de técnicas de composición, incluyendo el bucle y los fragmentos musicales, las capas de vocales con sonido agregado, la improvisación mezclada con anotaciones, las remezclas de artistas electrónicos mexicanos y la elaboración de la puesta en escena teatral y las prácticas de concepción. Una culminación de los temas desarrollados en las dos primeras secciones, Pancho Villa refleja el impacto mexicano y mexicano-americano en la región, la permeabilidad de las fronteras y las limitaciones de nuestro concepto de estados delineados.

    El equipo incluye el compositor Graham Reynolds; Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol, un colectivo de teatro con sede en México D.F., como libretistas; Shawn Sides, de Rude Mechs, como director; Paul Sánchez, tenor de la Ópera Lírica de Austin, como Pancho Villa; y Adrián Quesada, productor ganador de un premio Grammy, en la guitarra.

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