Carpa de la Frontera

This is one in The Look Club’s series of write ups covering the 2022 Without Walls Festival at Liberty Station in San Diego. The full list of write-ups can be found here.

The Show & How it Works:
Described as a site-specific tent-like vaudeville show where entertainment is taken into communities, the show was actually performers on the grass in front of a trailer. They addressed current political, social and cultural issues.

Why it’s Interesting, IMHO:
As a comedy writer, I’m a sucker for anything with the word “vaudeville” in it.

Initial Impression & Critical Discussion:
This show was well advertised and delivered exactly what it promised… minus the tent. Perhaps what they really meant by site specific wasn’t that it incorporated the location, but that it is a roving show that plays to its audience and, therefore, changes depending on where it is. It may be “tent-like” in the sense that it is easily set up and broken down, but trailer it was performed in front of didn’t give a “tent-like” feel.

The show was topical and culturally specific and the performers nailed that circus-y, vaudevillian tone and successfully engaged the audience.

Experiential Viewpoint Expression (E.V.E.):

Disembodied, 3rd person visual, 2nd person narrative, entity/participant*, mortal.

*While most of the show didn’t involve audience participation—even though the audience was acknowledged—one act in particular asked for volunteers so that an acrobat in the show could jump over them.

Who Should See This?

Families should see this show. The show plays to Latinx families specifically and, thanks to the often-bilingual nature of the performance, the show is well-suited to a Spanish speaking audience.




Eve Weston and Jessica Kantor created The Look Club to discusses immersive media through their site and reviews of immersive stories.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Tattoos for Buildings — OSINT Challenge 17

Russian photography and photographers

Vision Impossible

Emotions and Indian sculpture

RIT Providing Discoverability and Accessibility of Historical Documents to Museums and Libraries

Interview with photographer #23: Vinicius Vieira Nogueira (Brazil, Portrait&Fashion Photography)

The Woodland Badger — A Reminder to Create Joy

A woman sits, holding a painting on her lap. She smiles at the camera. The painting is a large (16x20 inch) painting of a badger portrait. The background is pink fading into purple. The badger’s body is black and its face is black and white. It has purple shading on one side of its face.

50 Free Things You Can Do During Lockdown

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
The Look Club

The Look Club

Eve Weston and Jessica Kantor created The Look Club to discusses immersive media through their site and reviews of immersive stories.

More from Medium

Black Male Studies and Contemporary Black Art

40 Watts From Nowhere

Why Do Rape Victims Suffer from False Guilt?

A person holding a sign

Why are we so addicted to crime TV?