Afro-Cuban In The United States

Published on December 10, 2018, 4:32 pm
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We Have Iré: Afro-Cuban in the United States, conceived by Cuban-American writer-performer Paul S. Flores and co-produced with Puerto Rican filmmaker and photographer Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, is an interactive, multi-disciplinary event that highlights the experiences of Afro-Cuban and Cuban-American artists as they seek to define their voices in the United States, finding success through hard work and “iré”.

Paul S. Flores is particularly excited to share his story of investigating his personal connection to Cuba, the place where his grandmother was raised. This deep dive into themes of trans-nationality and citizenship comes at a crucial time in contemporary history.

Afro-Cuban In The United States

The exhibition features the photography and art of Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

The exhibition began with a multi-media, bi-lingual theater project produced in partnership with Pregones Theater and directed by Rosalba Rolón. The project depicts the journeys of four artists through their chosen art forms, including Paul S. Flores’ spoken word and theater, Yosvany Terry’s live jazz music, Ramon Ramos Alayo’s modern dance, and DJ Leydis’ hip-hop beats. Throughout the show, video illustrating these stories, produced by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, is projected on the stage.

According to Flores, “This unique piece of docu-theater highlights the complex discourse around Cuban-American political identity and the blessings (iré) as well as curses (osogbo) found in individual immigration stories, plus the triumph of establishing one’s voice in a new country.”

In partnership with Pregones Theater.

The exhibit will be on view between the dates of December 13, 2018 and March 09, 2019.

Casita Maria

About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934.

The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs.


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