Canto al Perú Negro Celebrates Afro-Peruvian Culture
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In this moving tale of how tales are born, you'll follow a writer as he tries to piece together the grand, lost romance of a spinster aunt. Belisario becomes entangled in a world where memories and the present are interwoven in this humorous story about family secrets. La Señorita de Tacna (The Young Lady From Tacna) is told from the writer's perspective, mixing false recollections with actual family history. As Belisario tries to connect the loose ends of his Aunt Mamae's life, you'll witness the birth of a new story. Written by Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru, the play is in Spanish with English surtitles. Learn More
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i didn't know there were Africans in Peru as i had never seen pictures or heard of this before. Show is in 2 parts, the first showing the introductions of slave into Peru up until their freedom and the 2nd half is a look at modern day Peru, trying to deal with an d overcome its racial prejudices. A very informative show.
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- Learn <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/IntlYearPeopleAfricanDescent.aspx">more </a>about 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent.
Weaving together the music, poetry, history and contemporary experiences of Afro-Peruvians, Canto al Perú Negro revels in the rich cultural traditions and stories brought from Africa to Peru to the streets of DC. Featured in the cast are family members Vicky Leyva, Susan Duston, and Vanessa Díaz. Originally from Lima, Ms. Leyva was an early member of the world renowned group Perú Negro. Since moving to Washington in 1999, she has developed a significant career as a singer and advocate for the local Afro Peruvian community.
GALA’s production of Canto al Perú Negro is presented in conjunction with the United Nations’ commemoration of 2011 as the International Year of Peoples of African Descent in efforts to eradicate racism worldwide against people of African descent and to promote greater respect for their diverse cultural heritage.
Gabriel García is an Argentine director, producer and writer for theater and film. His plays include The Sentence and La noche diaria, which received a staged reading at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also wrote the book for Agustín Lara~ Boleros & Blues, which premiered at GALA in 2007. At GALA, he directed Las paredes, El ángel de la culpa, Así que pasen cinco años, Noche de los asesinos, and Los hermanos queridos. He has produced several documentaries in Central and South America for BBC, Telemundo, Univisión, CNN, Channel 13/Buenos Aires, WCVB(AB)/Boston and the American Red Cross. He received an Emmy for his documentary The Promised Land and Timeless, a film about the Hispanic contribution to the independence of the United States, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.
Featured in the cast is Vicky Leyva, who began her professional career in her native Peru as a dancer for the prestigious folkloric group, Perú Negro. Her singing career took off when she won the First Festival de la canción de la vendimia de Ica in 1980 and was recognized as the “Creole Discovery of the Year.” Musical recordings, television appearances, and international tours followed and she quickly became known as the The Mulatta Flower of Peru, a name still used to describe her. Since moving to Washington, she was honored by Buenos días, Peru as the Best Peruvian Singer in the area and has appeared at GALA in several productions, including Latido negro-Peru’s African Beat, Candome: Tango Negro, Puerto Rico En…cantando, and Raíces cubanas II.