Cuban Happy Hour & Meet the Cast
Thursday, May 2, 6pm – 8:30pm
Join us for a fun evening of music, conversation and cocktails as we kick off the upcoming world premiere of We Have Iré with Paul Flores, cast members, and Afro-Cuban artists who have been very influential in the Bay Area performance scene. Facilitated by award-winning filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantouzzi, the evening will feature a conversation with renowned dancer and choreographer Ramon Ramos Alayo, Cuban Folkloric and popular dancer Susana Arenas, and prolific DJ in the clubs and on stage DJ Leydis. Come early for happy hour music with DJ Jigue, starting at 6pm, and specialty Cuban cocktails.
50 Cent Tabernacle
Saturday, May 11, 11am – 2pm
FREE (no ticket needed)
The 50 Cent Tabernacle is a series of open, mixed-level dance classes with some of the Bay Area’s foremost masters of the craft. We believe in making art accessible, and for just 50 cents, participants can attend as many classes as they like. Each Tabernacle is shaped around different types of dance and movement, so there’s something for everybody. This tabernacle will feature dance styles from Cuba, exploring the depth of its diverse dance genres with three 1-hour dance classes taught by: Ramon Ramos Alayo (Modern Cuban dance styles), Susana Arenas (Afro-Cuban folkloric dance styles), and Yismari Ramos (salsa styles). Come ready to move on the dance floor!
Conversation with Jazz Musician Yosvany Terry
Sat, May 11, 3:30pm
Join Grammy Nominated jazz musician and composer Yosvany Terry as he discusses the process for composing dynamic jazz music for theater projects he has worked on, including the upcoming We Have Iré. Yosvany comes from a gifted musical family in Cuba. His musical range spans Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban folklore, classical, post be-bop and more. Come find out how he integrates these musical languages with performed narratives for the stage.
Cafecito y Cubilete
Sat, May 11, 4:30-7:30pm
FREE (no ticket needed)
Cafecito y Cubilete by Amy Vazquez is an interactive installation in the form of a mobile cart through which participants are offered un cafecito and are invited to play a Cuban dice game. Evoking the intimacies and hospitality of Cuban homes and bringing it into public spaces, cafecito y cubilete is a celebration of the traditions, rituals, and connections that transcend political barriers. It is a personal ode to the generosity of spirit inherent in Cuban culture and brings into question the spaces we create to play, be intimate, and share moments of joy with each other.
Visual Expressions of Afro-Cuban Culture with Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Sat, May 11, 5:30pm
Join Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi for his new films Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba as well as short documentaries and music videos he created in Cuba. We will explore digital storytelling and Afro-Cuban musical traditions in a contemporary context, to open up broader conversations of transnational solidarity, race, technology, religion and media.
Related Performance: We Have Iré
A new multidisciplinary theater work by award-winning poet, performance artist, and playwright Paul S. Flores, We Have Iré, explores the true stories of Afro-Cuban immigrants living in the United States, as well as their influences on and experiences with American culture.