Past Performing Arts | Interdisciplinary

Anonymous Ensemble


Interdisciplinary | Ohio Premiere

Irma Alvarez Ccoscco of Anonymous Ensemble stands with their hand stretched out to their right.

Llontop is a powerful community experience that bridges divides between North and South America, honoring the people of the Andes, their language, culture, history, and future.

Anonymous Ensemble’s Llontop begins with an interactive installation featuring a display of color-drenched Peruvian heirlooms including some pre-Columbian Moche pottery. Through individualized audio journeys the installation serves to contextualize the poetry of Irma Alvarez-Ccoscco. Her song-poems present perspectives of various Andean women throughout Quechua history from the brutal conquest of the Incas in 1532, through centuries of cultural survival despite harsh colonialist oppression, to the present-day burgeoning of Quechua pride and advocacy. The poems are sung and spoken by Alvarez-Ccoscco and are supported by Anonymous Ensemble’s signature “live film” aesthetic with multiple camera feeds, projections, a lush soundscape, and a simultaneous livestream of the performance to online audiences throughout the world. (program approx. 60 mins.)

Directed by Ashley Kelly Tata.

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Irma Alvarez Ccoscco, photo: Paola Vera.

Know before you go

Llontop is a show in three parts: a walkthrough of the installation, the performance itself, and a conversation following the performance.

  • Where to park: Due to special event parking in Arps and Ohio Union North Garages, we recommend parking in Ohio Union South Garage for the performances on April 4 and 6 to avoid event parking fees and ensure your validation sticker for $2 parking applies. Learn more about parking validation.
  • Doors will open at 7 PM for audiences to walk through the installation before the show begins at 8 PM—this is an important part of the experience, please arrive early.
  • Groups will be led through the installation 10 at a time.
  • Audience members will need a cellphone to scan the QR code for the explanation that leads them through the installation, as well as a pair of headphones if possible.
  • A cash bar and complimentary Peruvian food will be available in the lobby before the performance.

About the artists

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Anonymous Ensemble was founded in 2001 and has created new work every year since. The group has presented projects throughout New York City and the United States, as well as Greece, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, and Australia. Read more on the artist’s website.

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Ashley Kelly Tata (they/ze) makes and directs multimedia works of theater, contemporary opera, performance, cyberformance, live music, and immersive experiences that have been presented in venues and festivals throughout the US and internationally including the Big Sing Festival in The Netherlands, the Miller Theater, Carnegie Hall, the Fisher Center’s SummerScape Festival at Bard, Theatre for a New Audience, Ars Nova, PS21: Center for Contemporary Performance, Los Angeles Opera, Austin Opera, National Sawdust, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Crossing the Line Festival, Holland Festival, Prelude Festival and National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. These works have been developed with residencies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Mercury Store, Coffey Street Studio, EMPAC, and with a Map Grant. Tata’s collaborators have included the composers Kate Soper, Ted Hearne, David T. Little, Bora Yoon, Rob Johanson, the playwright Jerry Lieblich, and the collective Anonymous Ensemble, among others. Tata is currently a visiting assistant professor and the artistic producer of theater and performance at Bard College. Read more on the artist’s website.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Center for Latin American Studies.

Doris Duke Foundation

Ohio Department of Development
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Nancy Kramer
Ohio State Energy Partners
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection
Larry and Donna James
Bruce and Joy Soll
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


Past Performing Arts

Anonymous Ensemble