Monarcas is a collection of short stories that celebrates the contributions and sacrifices by Mexican immigrants to and for the USA. It is named after the most inspiring immigrant, the monarch butterfly, whose voyage across North America reminds us of a world without borders.
Through folkloric dance, live music, and dance theater, this first version of “Monarcas” is comprised of two short stories. The first story- Company E - commemorates soldiers of the US armed forces who, in the mid 1900’s, served a country that both embraced and rejected them. The second short story - Viñedos - celebrates the arduous dedication and hard work across generations of vineyard laborers who, led by their family matriarchs, become the owners of their vineyards and proud makers of California wine. Both stories, told entirely through dance and music, embrace immigrant dreams and their realization.