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Photography: Rolando Santos

The Culture of Love/La Cultura Del Amor (2022)

The Culture of Love creatively examines levels of equity between LGBTQ+ communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Laredo, Texas/Nuevo Laredo border region with México. Through embodied story telling, rigorously crafted choreography, and spoken text, this piece takes the audience through a series of queer love stories that explore marginalization, experimentation, friendship, and discovery.


Created by Tim Rubel in collaboration with current TRHS company members, this piece is part of a larger embodied research project that looks at quality of life differences between LGBTQ+ communities in major American urban environments and those along the U.S./México border. These performances are partially informed by surveys and interviews conducted by Rubel with community members in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border region, as well as by his own personal experience as a queer resident of both Laredo and San Francisco. 

Performed February 25-26th, 2022

Texas A&M International University

Laredo, TX.

These performances were partially funded by a creative projects grant from Texas A&M International University.

Choreography by: Tim Rubel.

Original Score by:  Michael Daddona 

Collaborating Dancers:


KJ Dahlaw

Jess DeFranco

Colin Epstein

Hannah Westbrook


Student Apprentices:

Maria Mendoza

Valeria Morteo

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