RUEDA, A DEVISED THEATER PERFORMANCE
Using the performative matrix of the rueda de casino, this devised performance work explores the liminal spaces created by the politics and poetics of home, loss, displacement, and (r)evolution through the lens of three women caught in the middle. RUEDA (wheel) traces journeys in Cuba and the U.S., and the liminal spaces in between. It pierces through transnational borders, sea monsters, and co-opted national narratives of oppositionality to illuminate the intimacy of encountering each other, of courage and (r)evolutionary future thinking.
Conceived and directed by Evelyn Serrano
Devised with Cuban and U.S. performers as part of El Acercamiento / The Approach.
Cast: Anisley Gonzalez, Heaven Gonzalez, Alvin Hernandez, Derek Jackson, Fernando Mitre, Talya Levine, Eloy Neira, Diana Teixeira, Elizabeth Noriega, Karina Fathi, Inobe Thomas, Yuneisy Martinez, Micah Mora, Osmel Pentón Crespo, Luis Romero, Ruben Rubio, Evel Suarez, Lisbett Valdés, and CalArts faculty Carmina Escobar
Design Team: Dan Gower, Briana Patillo, Tanya Orellana, and Juliana Romero
RUEDA was performed at El Ciervo Encantado Theater (La Habana, March 2018) and Plaza de la Raza (May 2018). RUEDA was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is part of the CalArts Center for New Performance and Duende CalArts.