A Love Letter to Our Raíces #4LatinxTeatroMakers

Teatro Latino @RILA

A Nuestras Raíces // To Our Roots is a series of virtual conversations where speakers from countries throughout Latin America & the Caribbean will share their knowledge, research, and personal experience.

This series grew out of the context of local and national protests against the murder of George Floyd and the context of a racist global pandemic. We gathered for our first plática in the early summer to hear what folx felt they needed in this moment, and that conversation led us towards focusing on our ancestral histories that have often been silenced and distorted.
Who can participate?
Anybody who is a practicing theater maker, identifies as Latin American or Latinx, and/or is interested in learning more about the complex Latin American/Afro-Indegenous/Latinx experience.

How much does it cost to participate in the Pláticas?
There is no cost to be involved. We ask only that you sign up to be on our mailing list so you can receive a Zoom link and invitations to upcoming virtual events.
For more information contact: Tatyana-Marie Carlo
These weekly pláticas, held every Monday during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) and then once a month thereafter, are meant to open up dialogue among all people of color, with an emphasis on the Latinx experience.

Participants will learn about, explore, and break-open the construct identities often imposed on individuals who identify as Latin American and Latinx people. The line-up of speakers include activists, theater-makers, scholars, and artists.
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      La Cosmovisión y La Resistencia del Pueblo Maya en Guatemala

      FREE and open to all
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      Catarina Lorenzo, Director of Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR)
      Catarina's plática, entitled La Cosmovisión y La Resistencia del Pueblo Maya en Guatemala, will be held primarily in Spanish.

      Catarina is a Maya-Q'anjob'al woman from Guatemala. Growing up in a small town in the mountains of Guatemala, she was the first person in her family and one of the first in her community to graduate from college. In Guatemala, Catarina worked in various organizations that defend human rights, women's rights, and indigenous rights.

      Since moving to Rhode Island, she has worked as a community organizer, and in June 2017 she began working as the director of AMOR. Catarina also actively participates in the large transnational community of Guatemalan migrants from her region of origin, producing and hosting a weekly radio program called "Rights in Action" that is broadcast online and via FM in Guatemala.
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        La Negrofobia en el Contexto de las Relaciones Raciales en La República Dominicana

        Open registration: There are no limits to the number of participants.
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        Elvys Ruiz is a cultural writer, playwright and scholar.
        Elvys's plática, entitled La Negrofobia en el Contexto de las Relaciones Raciales en La República Dominicana, will be held primarily in Spanish.

        His presentation will address how in the Dominican Republic the education system as an ideological apparatus of a State where the white population is very minimal, has denied the Dominican people the right to know the contribution of blacks. Ruiz will analyze negro-phobia in the context of racial relations, demystifying racial categories that have endowed the Dominican with a false identity and will discuss the impact of claiming an Afro identity against nationalist phobias.

        Elvys Ruiz is a writer, playwright and cultural essayist. He studied Anthropology at the Antropología en la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and graduated with honors obtaining a Bachelor of Science with distinction "Summa Cum Laude" and a Master of Science from Springfield College, Boston Campus. Ruiz is the author of the books: “Café y Domino”, “Latin American Theater of the Diaspora” and “The Black Imaginary in Dominican Collective Memory.
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          Colombia: Historias y Literaturas del Trópico

          FREE and open to all
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          Felipe Martínez-Pinzón is Director Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Hispanic Studies at Brown University
          Felipe's plática, entitled Colombia: Historias y Literaturas del Trópico, will be held primarily in Spanish, with some translation.

          Felipe Martinez-Pinzon has had a lifelong fascination with stereotypes and the development of cultural identity. He examines how literature, cinema, and other elements of history and culture can affect the identity and perceptions of whole regions in Latin America — Colombia in particular.

          As a child growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, he observed that people from other Colombian cities were often perceived differently. Bogotá, at more than 8,500 feet above sea level, was cooler. Its residents were considered more active, more productive than, say, residents of Cartagena, a much warmer place.
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            The Afro-Taino Culture

            FREE and open to all
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            Mar Parrilla is an award-winning choreographer and the founding Artistic Director of Danza Orgánica
            Mar's plática will talk about the Afro-Taino Culture. It will be in both English and Spanish.

            Born and raised in Borikén (Puerto Rico), she moved to NYC where she pursued a Master's degree in Dance Education from New York University. Parrilla is a Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. She is a proud recipient of several grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Foundation. Parrilla was awarded a Creative Development Residency at Jacob's Pillow, and a Brother Thomas Fellowship by the Boston Foundation. Parrilla’s work has been featured at Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston- among others. Most recently (2019), Parrilla was awarded an Outstanding Community Arts Collaboration Award in Dance from the Arts/Learning Organization.
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              Nahuatl: Other Histories of México

              Open registration: There are no limits to the number of participants.
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              Iris Montero Sobrevilla is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University
              Iris's plática, entitled Nahuatl: Other Histories of México, will be in both English and Spanish.

              Iris Montero is a Mexican historian of science fascinated by the relationship between knowledge and power. Growing up in an industrial town in Northern Mexico, she always wondered why some knowledges were more valued than others, and how that hierarchy had come to be. These questions brought her to specialize in Colonial Latin America, and to focus on what exactly happened when indigenous ways of knowing were confronted with European science. She teaches in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown University.
            The Teatro Latino @RILA Pláticas are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
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            La Casa de Los Vejigantes | @Rhode Island Latino Arts

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            La Casa de Los Vejigantes @RILA is a flexible Black Box space, and now the home of Teatro Latino del Pueblo | Rhode Island. It is located on the premises, behind La Galería del Pueblo, 209 Central St., Central Falls, RI 02863