Out of Bounds | World Premiere


January 20 at 5pm at The Playscape at Battery Park

Created by Indigenous composers Autumn Chacon (Diné – Navajo/Chicana) and Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), Malinxe is a contemporary retelling of the myth of La Llorona, or “the weeping woman.” Tracing back to 1550, La Llorona is well-known in American Southwest and Latin American cultures as a vengeful spirit who roams near bodies of water, mourning the children she drowned and warning others of water’s power. In this original opera, Chacon and Ortman examine Malinxe, the real Nahua woman deemed the mother of modern Mexican people, whose complex story is often equated with that of La Llorona. In this interpretation, Malinxe embodies a contemporary woman who submerges herself into La Llorona’s dangerous realm and must make transformative decisions to save her own spirit from continuing down the destructive path of La Llorona. In this interpretation, Malinxe is a woman outside of time who is submerged in Llorona’s dangerous realm and must realize herself. Physically set alongside a body of water, Malinxe will be performed by experimental musicians and artists hailing from New Mexico and New York. Produced and commissioned by Prototype, hosted by The Battery Conservancy.