La Sirene: Rutas de Azúcar, by Jadele McPherson
Online sales end two hours prior to showtime. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Thursday - Saturday, Dec. 1 - 3 at 8 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 pm
TICKETS: $18, or weekend pass at $45
In the year of the thaw between Cuba and the U.S., singer/performer Jadele McPherson creates a musical and theatrical bridge connecting the Cuban-American experience of today with black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from two hundred years ago. Scenes of a young Cuban-American woman discovering her own rebellious ancestry are swallowed by music, dance and ritual featuring some of the great dance and music artists this city has to offer, many coming out of Cuban and Haitian traditions, including Osvaldo Bembesito Lora, Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey, Daniel Gil, Hansel Vaillant, Miguelo Valdes, Charles Hart and Diosvany Valladares. Themes of black resistance both historical and contemporary swell in this colorful and immersive spectacle.
La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (loose translation: Black Mermaid: Sugar Routes) takes as its inspiration Cuban revolutionary José Antonio Aponte's libro de pinturas, a book of paintings of black heroes that served as a catalyst for an attempted rebellion against colonists.
Each performance will be followed by community events led by artist-scholars in Caribbean performance and spirituality, including Danielle Brown, Ph.D. (Brooklyn/Trinidad), Nathalie Guillaume (World Healing Traditions-Haiti), Goussy Célestin (Interdisciplinary Artist-NY-Haiti), and Val Jeanty (Afro-Electronica-Haiti).
SCHEDULE FOR POST-SHOW EVENTS:
Thursday: Mapping the Caribbean a panel discussion led by performer-scholar Danielle Brown (guests TBA)
Friday: Dance Afterparty with DJ Val Jeanty
Saturday: Afro-Cuban Rumba for the Vispera de Santa Barbara-Chango (the eve of Saint Barbara-Shangos Day) featuring the La Sirene cast
Sunday: Healing Quisqueya and Beyond, a panel discussion with Dr. Nathalie Guillaume, Goussy Célestin, Jose Perez and Osvaldo Lora.
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238