Looking For Violeta; a Performance Experience in Pittsburgh

By: Amanda Narcisi

Photo by Heather Mull of Carolina Loyola-Garcia

Photo by Heather Mull of Carolina Loyola-Garcia

New art experience is being brought to the stage in Pittsburgh by Quantum Theater. Frick Park is transforming into a special tribute to Violeta Parra.

Artist and Activist

Violeta Parra is a well-known artist and activist from the 1960s. Internationally and locally in Chile, Violeta was rooted in the culture, spawned from South American poetry and dance.  Her family was also very talented. 

In addition to music, Violeta Parra also created arpilleras, many pieces of the embroidery hung in the Louvre in 1964. This feminine art form started during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Arpilleras were created as a source of income for the families as well as tell a message against the government. The curation of the arpilleras was a collaboration between Scenic Designer Tucker Topel, Assistant Designer Sarah McPartland, and Fabric Art Consultant Brigitte Le Brigand. Long-time Quantum collaborators C. Todd Brown (lights) and Steve Shapiro (sound), with Marissa Miskanin (costumes), round out the design team.

Photo by Heather Mull of Carolina Loyola-Garcia

Photo by Heather Mull of Carolina Loyola-Garcia

The Show

This original show is the work of various artists, actors, writers, and musicians. Looking for Violeta will be an art show for all the senses filled with music, art, and poetry. Tickets range in price from $38 to $55. Looking for Violeta performances are August 2nd – August 25th, Wednesdays – Sundays. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM, and Fridays at 9:00 PM. Location: Frick Park Lawn Bowling Greens, 7300 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Free street parking is available. Purchase tickets by calling 412-362-1713 or online at www.quantumtheatre.com/violeta.