Due to the March 23, 2020 NM DOH Public Health Order, These Event Listings Are Not Accurate!
All non-essential businesses are closed, public gatherings are prohibited!
(One day some of these events will be rescheduled or will resume, but they are not happening now!)

Golden Migration

Sunday Oct 23, 2016

Additional Dates:

7851 Second Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105


Website: Click to Visit

A special collaborative site project for DECADE of 516 ARTS, Chip Thomas and Lisa Nevada create dances performed and based on the local ecosystem.

516 ARTS announces Golden Migration, a special collaborative site project for DECADE, celebrating the 10th anniversary of 516 ARTS. Photographic wheatpaste muralist Chip Thomas (aka jetsonorama) and choreographer/dancer Lisa Nevada were invited to team up and explore working together in new ways, and the result is Golden Migration, a multi-layered project at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge focusing on climate change, the environment and community engagement. The public is invited to free performances October 15, 16, 22 & 23 out on the land at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, a unique, federally-recognized, urban refuge at the southern end of Albuquerque's South Valley. 

Saturday, October 15


Dance Tours: 12:30 & 2:30pm


Audience + Artists Mingles:1:30-2pm & 3:30-4pm 

Sunday, Saturday & Sunday, October 16, 22 & 23


Dance Tours: 3pm & 5pm


Audience + Artists Mingles: 4-4:30pm & 6-6:30pm



Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd St. SW, South Valley


Free, reservations required: 505-242-1445,

Lisa Nevada is compelled to bring dance out of the theater and into non-traditional settings. Her site-specific piece Golden Migration is a series of public performances featuring 12 dancers that takes place in the fields and Bosque of Valle de Oro. Participants are led by Dance Guides, to walk and journey through the enchanting landscape of Valle de Oro and are met with a series of dance performances along the way. Each dance is informed and crafted from research, observations and first-hand experiences of dancing at Valle de Oro, collected over the course of the four seasons. Dancers: Mercedes Arechiga, Dalila Baied, Nicole Corpion, Lynne Davis, Miles Firkins, Brian Gallegos, Marcie Hromas, Kaitlin Innis, Romy Keegan, Kelsey Paschich, Elysia Pope and Monika Skiba.



Nevada’s research and observations of the environment are complemented by Chip Thomas’ focus on human interaction with nature, specifically in relation to bird migration, taking into consideration Valle de Oro's origin as a wetlands preserve. Together through Nevada’s choreography and Thomas’ photographic murals of her dancers on the concrete barn at Valle de Oro, Golden Migration poses questions about how we nurture the Earth, ourselves and one another at this pivotal time. This project encourages audiences to think about how we can engage people in the topic of climate change to spark awareness, conversation and action. The mural is visible from I-25 and can be explored up close by going for a walk at Valle de Oro. It is on view October 15 – January 7, concurrently with a related Chip Thomas mural on the façade of 516 ARTS.

See also: Culture Shock

Catching Glimpses

The wheat-pasted photographic murals of jetsonorama

Golden Migration
Chip Thomas and Lisa Nevada

The Earth is turning away from the sun once again as we earthbound creatures pull on our hats and jackets to meet the new chill in the air. Overhead, the sandhill cranes, Western meadowlarks and American wigeons are arriving, while the chipping sparrows, blue-winged teals and Brewer's blackbirds are just beginning their long journeys southward to Mexico, South America and beyond. At the South Valley's Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, the composition of the changing Earth is explored in the meditated movements of dancers and mural work wheat-pasted over the crumbling remains of a dairy barn. Together, the movement and the imagery articulates a different journey. Golden Migration is a collaborative work by dancer and choreographer Lisa Nevada and public artist and photographer Chip Thomas, aka jetsonorama. Thomas, who hails from North Carolina, has been living and working as a physician on the Navajo Nation since 1987. Through documentary photography translated to large-scale murals on underutilized structures, Thomas creates what he calls “a love letter to the Navajo Nation.” In addition to collaborating with Nevada on work at Valle de Oro, Thomas will also be creating a mural on the facade of 516 Arts. Both pieces are part of 516's DECADE programming, celebrating the beloved Downtown institution's 10 year anniversary. In anticipation of his upcoming work in Albuquerque, Thomas took some time out to illuminate his body of work.

[ more >> ]