Posted on:October 10, 2016
For four days, singer/performer Jadele McPherson offers a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gil. La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (The Siren: Roots of Sugar) probes Cuban revolutionary José Antonio Aponte's libro de pinturas, a book of paintings of black heroes that served as a catalyst for an attempted rebellion against colonists, leading to the first conspiracy and abolition charge in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Through sound and movement, McPherson maps the connections between West Indian and Haitian migrations to Cuba to harvest sugarcane and repositions the Cuban ingenio (sugar mill) as a birthplace of freedom that extends beyond borders and waters.
Each show will be followed by community events led by artist-scholars in Caribbean performance and spirituality featuring Danielle Brown, PhD (Brooklyn/Trinidad), Nathalie Guillaume (World Healing Traditions-Haiti), Goussy Celestin (Interdisciplinary Artist-NY-Haiti), Osvaldo "Bembesito" Lora (Artist-Priest-Scholar-NY-DR), and Val Jeanty (Afro-Electronica-Haiti). Thursday evening is an opening panel “Mapping the Caribbean” featuring performer-scholar Danielle Brown, Friday night is a Dance Afterparty with DJ Val Jeanty, Saturday night is an Afro-Cuban Rumba for the Vispera de Santa Barbara-Chango (the eve of Saint Barbara-Shango’s Day) featuring the La Sirene cast, and Sunday afternoon there is a closing panel “Healing Quisqueya and Beyond” with Dr. Nathalie Guillaume, Goussy Celestin and Osvaldo Lora.
Director: Charlotte Brathwaite
Playwright-Choreography: Jadele McPherson
Consultant/Producer: Nathalie Guillaume
Music Composition: Jadele McPherson & Caridad Paisan
Cast/Ensemble: Jadele McPherson, Val Jeanty, Caridad Paisan, Daniel Gil, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Bembesito Akpon, Hansel Vaillant, Miguelo Valdes, Diosvany Valladares, Charles Hart
Sound Design: Val Jeanty & Charles Hart
Lighting: Tuce Yasak
Set-Installation - Carlos Mateu