take a look behind the curtains

Enter the expansive and surreal backstage world of a mysterious caravan theatre.

Coming soon this November.

A mysterious, pop-up caravan is scheduled to arrive at the Museum. But behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems. This is the world of Teatro Piñata, a celebration of the theatre world by artist David Israel Reynoso and his OPTIKA MODERNA collaborators. In this immersive art installation, the idea of a pop-up caravan theatre will be used as a portal to an expansive and surreal backstage world. Much like a piñata, what’s inside brings delight to children who crack it open.

Teatro Piñata, will celebrate the magic of theatre through striking “behind-the-scenes” visual worlds utilizing theatrical tricks, dramatic lighting, a soundscape that heightens the senses and manipulatable props that will spark imagination and play. Components of the installation include a ticket booth, theatre wagon “stage” and audience seating, backstage costume forest and magic storage crate pile, and dressing rooms!

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Teatro Piñata Preview

Concept design of the Teatro Piñata caravan theatre stage by artist David Israel Reynoso.

Who Made This?

David Israel Reynoso
1981, Guadalajara, Mexico
lives in
San Diego, CA

David Israel Reynoso is a San Diego-based artist and theatre designer. He is a recipient of a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Award as well as a 2011 Obie Award for Sleep No More the mysterious, non-linear theatre production in which audiences could touch, smell and even taste. He also founded OPTIKA MODERNA, the innovative, immersive theatre company that creates “bold experiences that allow participants to peer through the eyes of another.”  OPTIKA MODERNA collaborators on Teatro Piñata include Sonya Calderon, Nicholas Ponting and Emily Schmit. To learn more about Reynoso, watch our Artist Talk with him here and visit his website.

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