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Seeking the Duende and Claiming our Mythic Stories

Seeking the Duende and Claiming our Mythic Stories

September: 15, 22, 29, 2021 (Wednesdays)

Mythic Stories | Hosted Online

Program Description

Seeking the Duende and Claiming our Mythic Stories

The figure of the cantaor is found within two great lines, the arc of the sky on the outside, and on the inside the zigzag that wanders like a snake through his heart.

Federico Garcia Lorca

The great Spanish writer of the 20th century, Federico Garcia Lorca, wrote extensively about this “mysterious power which everyone senses and no philosopher explains,” which is the Duende.

In this three-session workshop we will seek that Duende by tapping in to our soulful reservoir in order to realize the stories that we are passionate to tell.  Marissa Chibás will share exercises and prompts from the solo performance section of her book, Mythic Imagination and the Actor, in order to bring to light these powerful creative expressions.  Stories come to us because they need to be told. What we need to do is wait, listen, and be receptive. With the help of the Mayan God of writing Itzmana, and the Greek Goddess of the arts and memory, Mnemosyne, we will delve in to the images and sounds stirring in our psyches and bring them forward to witness what they offer us.

We will look at the work of actor/writer Kalean Ung, who will join us as a special guest for session two, and her journey creating her solo performance, Letters From Home, about her Cambodian father, Dr. Chinary Ung, an internationally renowned composer, and stories about her relatives who were refugees from the Khmer Rouge/ Cambodian Genocide.  Through this work we will see the power of going to the heart of a painful family history and offering community healing through storytelling.[/fusion_text][/one_full][four_fifth last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]Some of the questions we will be inviting are –

  • How are the stories we craft connected to our soul’s purpose?
  • What stories and themes have stayed with me?
  • How do I connect with my inner oracle to guide my process?
  • How can sharing our stories be a portal to alchemy and healing?

The tools shared in this workshop can be of support to therapists, artists, and anyone eager to deepen their creative practice.

Program Details

September: 15, 22, 29, 2021 (Wednesdays)
5:00-7:00 pm PT (Live via Zoom)

Program link will be sent out prior to the event.
For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event.


  • $225 General Rate
  • $175 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $125 Pacifica Student Rate


Featured Presenters

Marissa Chibás is a theater and filmmaker, recipient of a TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement and a NewFilmakers LA filmmaker of the month award (September ‘19). Marissa’s work was described by the New Yorker as “…impassioned and physically unstinting acting. We succumb to her magnetic force.” Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she is Director of Duende Calarts, a Latinx initiative at CalArts Center for New Performance that collaborates with innovative Latinx and Latin American artists. For Duende she conceived and wrote Shelter, which premiered in April 2016 at Lincoln Park, was presented at the Kennedy Center and is published by NoPassport Press.  Her short film, Finding Shelter, won best short documentary at the San Diego Latino Film Festival in 2019.  Her solo show Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, which premiered at REDCAT, has toured the U.S., Europe, and Mexico and was published by Routledge Press. Her films have screened at; Nevertheless Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, The Segal Center in NYC, Echo Park Film Center, among others. She recently completed A Cuban Documemory, a feature length film based on reflections of her travels to Cuba since 1993, and her life as the daughter of a Cuban revolutionary and runner up Miss Cuba. Her acting book, Mythic Imagination and the Actor, will be released by Routledge Press in summer 2021.


General Information


Hosted Online via Zoom


Full refunds for registrations and lodging will be provided up to 14 days prior to an event. Cancellations made 13-6 days prior will receive a 50% refund. There is no refund for registrations or lodging cancellations made within 5 days of your arrival or if you do not show up or leave a program or event early. The Retreat at Pacifica reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In this instance, you will be refunded in full.

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Registration Details

September: 15, 22, 29, 2021 (Wednesdays)

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