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GALA Hispanic Theatre
at Park Rd. NW 3333 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20010
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"Canto al Perú Negro...Celebrating Afro Peru"
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attended Jun 09 2011

This is poetry through acting, singing and dancing; it's not actually a play, as in, it doesn't really have a developed storyline.

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attended Jun 19 2011

The performance was excellent.

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attended Jun 22 2011

Great music and dancing. The bongos and the other percussionists were having a great lively time as was the audience, at the end, when they joined in with the dancers.

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Learn "more ": 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/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.

About the Ticket Supplier: GALA Hispanic Theatre

Founded in 1976, GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latino Americanos – Group of Latin American Artists) Hispanic Theatre has long been a groundbreaking and energetic “theater wiht a different accent,” presenting classical and contemporary plays in Spanish and English, plus an accompanying program of dance, music, poetry, spoken word, art and, more recently, film.