Take Five: “Professor Diablo” Returns for Border Crossing on Tuesday, January 22

After four successful shows in 2012, Professor Diablo’s True Revue kicks off 2013 with a show that explores, through documentary performance, the nature, use, and meaning of borders—national, cultural, artistic, and personal. With this showcase of musicians, dancers, and writers, the latest version of Professor Diablo will cross borders with impunity and without fear, from Mexico to Siler City, from Appalachia to India, always asking the question: why do we draw borders at all?

Professor Diablo’s True Revue: “Borders”
Tuesday, January 22; doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
1007 W. Main St., Durham, North Carolina
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door; click here to purchase

The Performers:

Andrea E. Woods Valdés, a Duke University faculty member, teaches Modern Dance and Dance for the Camera. She uses dance, music, song, spoken word, and multimedia as contemporary African American folklore. A native of Philadelphia, Woods is a former dancer/rehearsal director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Her work has taken her to: Cannes, Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, Morocco, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Belize, Yucatán, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Cuba, and throughout the U.S. Woods is a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council 2012 Fellowship. Her dances explore family, nature, community, spirituality, and African American history and culture, and are inspired by blues, jazz, folk music, and African American art and literature.



Paul Cuadros
 is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine, Salon.com, and other national and local publications. For the past twenty years, Cuadros has focused his reporting on issues of race and poverty in America for a variety of publications and broadcast media. He is the author of A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America (Harpers Collins), which tells the story of Siler City, North Carolina, as it copes and struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team. Cuadros continues to write about immigration and the Latino community and is currently an assistant professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Katie Wyatt An accomplished violist, Katie has toured and performed nationally and internationally with the orchestras of the New World Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Spoleto Festival of Charleston, South Carolina. She is also the co-founder and executive director of KidzNotes, a Durham-based non-profit that fights poverty and encourages positive decision making by instructing and engaging children in classical orchestral music. She lives and works in Durham and continues to perform in the orchestras of Fayetteville and Durham, with her chamber music quartet, with the indie folk-rock chamber orchestra Lost in the Trees, and the Indian-bluegrass fusion band Hindugrass.


Diego Carrasco Schoch has a combined twenty-five years experience as an educator, choreographer, and performer. As a principal dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet (1991–2003), a soloist with the North Carolina Dance Theater (1987–1991), and a frequent guest artist for independent choreographers, Schoch danced a wide repertoire of both classical and modern works. Locally, Schoch has performed as a touring artist for the 2011/12 North Carolina Dance Festival, Gaspard and Dancers, and KT Collective, and is on faculty at the American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios and the Raleigh School of Ballet. Visit diegocarrascoschoch.com for more information.





John Heitzenrater is a multi-instrumentalist whose performance career spans more than two decades and many genres. The instrument on which he is often featured in his cross-cultural ensemble, Hindugrass, is sarod; but he has also performed and recorded on tabla, bassoon, guitars, bass, ghatam, keyboards, and voice. In his diverse performance career, he has shared the stage with an array of talented musicians from around the globe, including Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M., Jody Stephens of Big Star, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Chris Stamey of the dBs, and Mitch Easter of Let’s Active; he also performed at the Dalai Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music.  Heitzenrater recently finished scoring the short films A Soaring Life by Lucas Ridley, The Finish Line and Character Face by Nic Beery, and the feature film 20 Years After by Chris Johnson.

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    One Response to “Take Five: “Professor Diablo” Returns for Border Crossing on Tuesday, January 22”

    1. Paul Walker says:

      Wow, To India?

      That is too awesome. Crossing borders for this is too respectable. And yes I agree, Why do we have to draw borders. We all should be one.

      Thanks for this. Really awesome. 🙂

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