new short film: dreams (sueños)

July 9, 2008 § Leave a comment

film still

film still

Here’s a link to info about a new piece I’ve been working on: dreams (sueños). It’s a short film that I think of as a visual poem in three parts. It is about the negotiation of the neighboring cities of Miami and Havana, both physically and politically. It will be in the show, Space is the Place, this summer at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, in Miami.

cuban blogger

July 7, 2008 § 1 Comment

(from the New York TImes, March 6, 2008)

from nytimes

Yoani Sánchez, 32, and her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, 60, established Consenso desde Cuba , a Web site based in Germany. Ms. Sánchez has attracted a considerable following with her blog, Generación Y, in which she has artfully written gentle critiques of the government by describing her daily life in Cuba. Ms. Sánchez and her husband said they believed strongly in using their names with articles despite the possible political repercussions.

photo by Jose Goitia for The New York Times

zora neale hurston film on pbs

April 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

A documentary about Zora Neale Hurston will air this week on PBS.

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

April 9, 2008 at 9 pm
Check local listings
Writer, cultural anthropologist, chronicler of folk roots and ethnic traditions, daughter of former slaves, Hurston was one of the most celebrated – and most controversial – figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

political theater about liberty city

March 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

– from the play “Liberty City,” now onstage at the New York Theater Workshop through Sunday, March 16
article online from the NYTimes
and a review from the NYTimes
In the play, Thompson plays generations of characters primarily based on herself, her family and the other African-Americans and Caribbean immigrants with whom they came in closest contact (and conflict) in the struggling, vibrant and politically charged Miami neighborhood of Liberty City from the late 1960s on.
Here are a couple of quotes I found intriguing from the article:

“too much political theater gets locked into preaching to the converted. But it doesn’t have to. As long as you use the central tool of empathy. That’s how you make good theater, and theater for people who may not know about the things you’re dealing with.”  – Jessica Blank

“What so much of the theater of politics is missing is the artistic part.” -April Yvette Thompson

It’s great that a play like this has been written and is now on stage. Now, when is it coming to Miami?

virtual caribbeans (this week in new orleans)

February 26, 2008 § 2 Comments

A Conference on Representation, Diaspora and Performance in and on the Caribbean

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
February 28 – March 1, 2008

I’ll be leaving soon for the Virtual Caribbeans Conference in New Orleans, which has been organized by folks at Tulane University. I’ve been working hard on getting my presentation ready, and I’m looking forward to a great conference. My paper is titled, “Performance in the Archive: Re-imagining the Cuban Diaspora and Contemporary Cuban Art through the Performance-Based Photography of María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Marta Maria Peréz Bravo.” If you are so inclined, you can read part of the paper here. Any tips for my stay in New Orleans? Pass them along.

Among other exciting activities during the conference, I am especially excited about:

– seeing Annalee Davis’s film and discussing it with her and others

– witnessing a Carmelita Tropicana performance in-person

– meeting other people working on themes of art, migration, and the Caribbean

castro resigns . . .

February 19, 2008 § Leave a comment

picture from the New York Times online slideshow
“I will not aspire to, neither will I accept — I repeat I will not aspire to, neither will I accept — the position of President of the Council of State and Commander in chief . . . It would betray my conscience to occupy a responsibility that requires mobility and the total commitment that I am not in the physical condition to offer.”
– Fidel Castro, February19, 2008
To read news stories related to this latest news, check out the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and BBC America. With little access to “real news” from Cuba, it will be hard to get at just how this official resignation will affect the country. From what I have heard so far, the scene in Miami is pretty mellow, and most people don’t see this as much different from his unofficial resignation in July 2006. With Raul Castro as Fidel Castro’s successor, hardline Miami Cubans doubt much will change in their favor. It is unclear at this point if Raul Castro will in fact take power as he is not the only one who has been groomed for this position. My question and concern is, what do the Cubans who are living in Cuba now want to see happen in their country?

cintas foundation fellowships

December 20, 2007 § Leave a comment

Cintas Foundation Program at FIU Announces 2008 Competitions for Three Coveted Fellowships
Submissions Must be Received by January 14 Deadline

Miami (December 4, 2007) – The Cintas Foundation and The Frost Art Museum at FIU today announced the start of the annual competition for the Cintas Foundation Fellowships — the Emilio Sanchez Award in Visual Arts, the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition and the Fellowship in Creative Writing. Administered by the Cintas Foundation and The Frost, the program is the only one of its kind in the nation. The Cintas Foundation awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba. Since it began in 1963, the Fellowships Program has honored more than 300 artists including Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos, filmmaker Mari Rodriquez-Ichaso, playwright Maria Irene Fornes, artist Teresita Fernandez and musician Mario Bauza (known as the father of Afro-Cuban jazz). The fellowships encourage creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts.

“For more than 40 years, the Cintas Foundation has helped great artists pursue their craft and share it with the world. We are proud to continue in that tradition,” said Hortensia E. Sampedro, Board President of the Cintas Foundation.

Fellowship applicants must submit original work- recordings with accompanying scores, original manuscripts and images of original work, by January 14, 2008. Cintas fellows are awarded $15,000 and the opportunity to pursue a creative project outlined in their applications. Florida International University and the Cintas Foundation have been administering the awards program since 2005.

The Cintas Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former Cuban ambassador to the United States, a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts.

Information and competition requirements are available online at www.cintasfoundation.org or by contacting Ingrid LaFleur Rogers, Cintas Fellows Collection Manager, at ingrid.rogers@fiu.edu.

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