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CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP) and Duende CalArts presented the world premiere of Shelter, a movement-based theatrical performance that shares stories of the massive human crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border and passing through the U.S. deportation shelter system and unraveling the painful truths of immigration. Shelter is written and conceived by Marissa Chibas, choreographed by Fernando Belo, and directed by Mexico City-based director, Martin Acosta. Presented in 2016 at CARECEN LA, Lincoln Heights, The Kennedy Center, and other various community events.

"Director Martín Acosta’s kaleidoscopic production of Shelter, playwright Marissa Chibas’ affecting and politically trenchant tapestry of all-too-real horrors…"

Shelter – Press Quote

"The compelling power of Chibas’ oddly hopeful tale and the tautly riveting invention of Acosta’s dynamic movement-based staging could hardly be more on point or movingly intact."

Shelter – Press Quote

"Chibas’ script duly notes the haunting parallels between — and the American ownership of — the Reagan-era calamity and today’s narcotráfico-driven upheavals."

Shelter – Press Quote