A conversation about borders and the limitations of delineated states grows from the fuzzy line between the Pancho Villa legend and his actual biography. This opera asks what Pancho Villa means to Mexican and American culture and where these meanings intersect and conflict. It brings together artistic collaborators from both sides of the river to engage in a borderless investigation about the Mexican and Mexican-American impact on the culture and politics of West Texas. Dentro de una conversación acerca de las fronteras y las limitaciones en las delineaciones de países en crecimiento y el concepto nublado entre la leyenda de Pancho Villa y su actual biografía. Esta obra nos pregunta cual es el significado de Pancho Villa a las culturas mexicanas y estadounidenses y como o cuando se crucen y entran en conflicto. Unifica colaboradores artísticos de ambos lados del rio para abordar una investigación sin fronteras sobre el impacto de las culturas y política del mexicano y chicano en West Texas. Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Graham Reynolds composes and records music for film, theater and performance with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. He is Artistic Director of Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory, a member of the Rude Mechs theater collective, resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater, and received the 2016 Creative Capital Award for the Pancho Villa chamber opera. Shawn Sides is a founder and a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs in Austin, TX, where she has co-conceived, co-adapted, and directed a new work every year, give or take, since 1996. Shawn is an Alpert Hedgebrook Prize recipient and was included with her fellow Rudes into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2010. She is also a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award recipient. Founded by Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodriguez, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol are Mexico City based artists making projects that link work, life, and erase borders. They seek to clarify and articulate, but also to disrupt and unravel notions of biography and history. Their work highlights how arbitrarily history is constructed. But their aim is not to correct the record, rather to put the emphasis elsewhere, to change narrator, create perspective, and make up stories.