[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Spanish For Estranged Latin Kids April 4-6

Mariadela Belle Alvarez dance at bellealvarez.com
Mon Apr 1 16:11:50 EDT 2019


PHILADELPHIA Mar. 3 2019: On April 4 - 6 Lxs Primxs will launch a
performance piece entitled Spanish for Estranged Latin Kids at Circle of
Hope in Fishtown.

Spanish for Estranged Latin Kids (subtitled Una Experencia Cultural Para
Recordar Nuestras Raíces Con Destiny Y Pancho) is an original,
evening-length performance piece directed by Cat Ramirez of Philadelphia
Asian Performing Artists fame. The interdisciplinary performance revolves
around a TED-talk style presentation about Latin culture gone awry, as our
special guest speakers Destiny and Pancho must decide for themselves what
their culture really means to them. The lines between “performance” and
“lecture” become blurry, as the experience has elements of satiric comedy,
social dance, personal storytelling, spiritual practice, and even
educational seminars.

Spanish for Estranged Latin Kids is slated to premiere during Circle of
Hope’s First Friday weekend in April. The project has been the recipient of
a residency from Leah Stein Dance Company, and originally premiered as a
work-in-progress showing entitled Llegando. Critics had this to say: “[The
piece] has the makings of a heartwarming, thought-provoking, relatable
piece of performance art and I look forward to seeing what the two talented
artists come up with next.” –Emma Elsmo, PhiladelphiaDANCE.org

Details: SPANISH FOR ESTRANGED LATIN KIDS (Una Experiencia Cultural Para
Recorder Nuestras Raíces Con Destiny y Pancho)* Apr. 4th at 7 PM Apr. 5th at
7 PM (First Friday) Apr. 6th at 7 PM Circle of Hope - 2007 Frankford Ave,
19125 18 & Under – FREE, Industry/Student - $10, General Admission - $15
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or via:
https://lxsprimxs.brownpapertickets.com/ *This piece contains moments of
light audience participations amongst groups.

Directed by Cat Ramirez Performed by Mariadela Belle Alvarez and Carl(os)
Roa www.facebook.com/lxsprimxs

About Lxs Primxs: Honduran-Philippine-Colombian in spirit, estranged and
yearning in mind, Lxs Primxs creates work that speaks to a third culture
following. With Belle's dance training, (os)' theatre background, and Cat’s
keen guiding hand, they complete each other and form a chromatic mezcla of
collective embodiment, rooted in an understanding of the tension between
assimilation and preservation. The three saw themselves in each other's
work and soon identified each other as artist primxs.

About Mariadela Belle Alvarez: Mariadela Belle Alvarez works with dance and
social engagement at the intersections of activism, culture, and interfaith
organizing. Using interdisciplinary collaboration to inform her
choreography, facilitation, and community engagement practice, Alvarez aims
to offer a joyful, healing, nourishing experience catalyzing reflection,
unity, and collective transformation. A soulful storyteller, she creates
dance theater performance and designs programming for communities of all
ages throughout the Delaware River Watershed. An artist-activist, Alvarez
employs creative tools to assist in direct actions and cultivate resilience
among local migrants, allies, and organizers of color. In 2017, Alvarez was
an artist in residence at the Painted Bride. Mariadela Belle Alvarez earned
her BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an Associate of Performance
at Swarthmore College.

About Cat Ramirez: Cat Ramirez is a director, deviser, and producer born
and raised in the Philly area. As a theatre director, Cat has turned boiler
rooms into dilapidated mansions poised to be repossessed, bike shops into
high schools where teenagers are first learning how to articulate
disenfranchisement, and bars into dreamscapes for queer love stories. Cat
has worked with Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Shakespeare in
Clark Park, Director’s Gathering, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights (among
others). They are the Season Producer for Philadelphia Asian Performing
Artists (PAPA), and the Company Manager for Orbiter 3. They are an alum of
the National New Play Network Producer-In-Residence Program with InterAct
Theatre Company and a recipient of Bonaly Reviews’ Unsung Hero Award.
About Carl(os) Roa: Carl(os) Roa is a creator, writer, performer,
organizer, juicy Colombian bear, and effusive Miami transplant. A proud
alumni of the Headlong Performance Institute and Drexel University, (os)’
work explores the marginalized within the marginalized, and child-like
revelry in performance. They’ve worked with numerous artistic organizations
in Philadelphia, including The Wilma Theater, Taller Puertorriqueño, First
Person Arts, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, and Swim Pony Performing
Arts. Previous projects include From Beneath, It Lurks, a devised play they
wrote exploring Lovecraftian horror; and Andean Mountains, which was the
recipient of a residency provided by FringeArts and received its world
premiere at Taller Puertorriqueño.

Mariadela Belle Alvarez
Dance Artist & Organizer

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