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Alt Title(s): Antanas Mockus
Location: Interviewed on March 18, 2005 as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: A Colombian mathematician, philosopher and politician, Antanas Mockus left his post as vice-chancellor of Colombian National University in Bogotá in 1993, and proceeded to preside over Bogotá as mayor for two eventful terms. His surprising and often humorous initiatives tended to involve grand gestures, often including local artists or personal appearances by the mayor himself - taking a shower i...
Alt Title(s): Vicky Takamine
Location: Interviewed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Mar. 19, 2005.
Synopsis: Vicky Holt Takamine is the founder and kumu hula (master teacher) of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, a school of traditional Hawaiian dance. In addition, she teaches hula at UH Mānoa and Leeward Community College. She graduated through the 'ūniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake. Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai'i. She is well respected throughout the Hawaiian com...
Alt Title(s): Beverly Singer
Location: Interviewed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Mar. 14, 2005.
Synopsis: Beverly Singer is a Native American of Tewa and Navajo heritage from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose video productions explore the subject of cultural revitalizing in Native American communities. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies and former director of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at ...
Alt Title(s): Megaron Txucaramãe
Location: Interviewed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Mar. 12, 2005.
Synopsis: Megaron Txucaramãe, (leader of the Mebêngôkre/Kaiapó) is one of the most important native leaders in Brazil, with outstanding performance on behalf of his people, Mekragnotire, and of other Brazilian native people. Working at Funai, he acted in Contact Fronts of the Ikpeng and Panará People. In 1984 he took part in the setting of the land boundaries of the Native Land Kapôt - Jarina and, in 1992/...
Alt Title(s): Indigenous question in Brazil
Location: Address delivered on Mar. 11, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Megaron Txucaramãe, (leader of the Mebêngôkre/Kaiapó) is one of the most important native leaders in Brazil, with outstanding performance on behalf of his people, Mekragnotire, and of other Brazilian native people. Working at FUNAI, he acted in Contact Fronts of the Ikpeng and Panará People. In 1984 he took part in the setting of the land boundaries of the Native Land Kapôt - Jarina and, in 1992/...
Location: Address delivered on Mar. 13, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Keynote address delivered by Mary Schmidt Campbell at the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 2005 (http://hemi.nyu.edu/eng/seminar/brazil2005). Titled The Role of the Arts in a Time of Crisis, the keynote addressed the theme of the role of artists and intellectuals in times of cultural, political and economic crisis. Ms. Campbell focused her lecture on the current...
Alt Title(s): Safeguarding cultural heritage, Salvaguarda do patrimônio
Location: Address delivered on Mar. 15, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Ana Gita de Oliveira holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the Universidade de Brasília. Coordinator of Brazil's Programa Nacional do Patrimônio Imaterial (National Program for Intangible Cultural Heritage) of the Secretaria de Patrimônio, Museus e Artes Plásticas of the Brazilian Ministery of Culture, Ana specializes in research related to themes of intangible heritage, national borders, and in...
Location: Performed on Mar. 18, 2005, at the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Video documentation of Giramundo's 'Cobra Norato', performed in the context of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro, titled 'Performing Heritage' (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2005 http://hemi.nyu.edu/eng/seminar/brazil2005). 'Cobra Norato' explores aquatic myths of the Amazonian region. Written by Raul Bopp, its one of the most important poems of the Modernismo Brasileiro. The Giramundo piece fe...
Alt Title(s): Antanas Mockus: Cultural agents (keynote address), Cultural agents, Keynote 4: Cultural agents (Antanas Mockus)
Location: Address delivered on Mar. 16, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: A Colombian mathematician, philosopher and politician, Antanas Mockus left his post as vice-chancellor of Colombian National University in Bogotá in 1993, and proceeded to preside over Bogotá as mayor for two eventful terms. His surprising and often humorous initiatives tended to involve grand gestures, often including local artists or personal appearances by the mayor himself, taking a shower in...
Alt Title(s): Dancing Earth
Location: Interviewed on Mar. 19, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Dancing Earth is an array of indigenous dance artists who work as a collective under the leadership of Rulan Tangen, striving to embody a unique essence of Indigenous identity and perspective by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals. 'Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion. We cultivate our individual artistry on be...
Alt Title(s): David Pleasant
Location: Interviewed on Mar. 14, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: David Pleasant is a musical stylist who was raised in the Gullah/Geechee culture of Georgia (Sapelo Island, Darien/McIntosh County and Savannah). His work is driven by the wealth of African retention in Gullah culture, particularly juba, hand jive, pattin', rhappin' and shout, which have played a major role in the development of David's RiddimAthon!®, a performance and teaching method developed f...
Alt Title(s): Luisa Calcumil
Location: Interviewed on Mar. 16, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Luisa Calcumil is a Mapuche actress, director and playwright from the South of Argentina (Patagonia). She began her career as an actress in 1975. After performing in twenty plays, five films and various television programs, she felt she was not represented in the roles she played. So she decided to write her own scripts: 'Hebras' and 'Es bueno mirarse en la propia sombra.' In this interview, cond...
Alt Title(s): Pamyua
Location: Interviewed on Mar. 14, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Synopsis: Pamyua is a musical ensemble from Alaska and Greenland that reinterprets modern traditions of the Inuit and Yup'ik people through storytelling, music and dance. Performing Yup'ik danced stories and harmonizing ancient and original music, their sound redefines the boundaries of Inuit expression. In this interview, conducted by Andrew McLean at the Hemispheric Institute 5th Encuentro (Belo Horizont...
Alt Title(s): Interview with Marcos Malafaia, Marcos Malafaia
Location: Interviewed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Mar. 19, 2005.
Synopsis: Interview with Marcos Malafaia, one of the directors of Brazilian puppet theater company Giramundo, conducted by Marcos Alexandre in the context of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics 5th Encuentro, Performing Heritage, celebrated in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in March of 2005. In this interview Malafaia discusses the origins and history of the group, their construction and manipula...
Alt Title(s): Susana Baca en concierto, Susana Baca
Location: Performed at Palácio das Artes on Mar. 17, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Susana Baca is the foremost singer of Afro-Peruvian music. Her music, on the Luaka Bop label, has promoted an awareness of the many cultural contributions of Afro-Peruvians. Also to this aim, she and her husband Ricardo Pereira are the founders and co-directors of the Instituto Negrocontinuo in Lima. She dedicated this concert in Belo Horizonte to women, and--with her infinite grace, her wide smi...
Alt Title(s): Grupo Galpão: an imaginary Molière, Molière imaginário, Imaginary Molière, Grupo Galpão, Malade imaginaire
Location: Performed at Palácio das Artes on Mar. 16, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Grupo Galpão was founded in 1982 in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil (north-west of Rio de Janeiro), and has come to be internationally renowned during its successful twenty-five year trajectory. 'An Imaginary Molière' is a musical based on Molière's 'The Imaginary Invalid,' and is performed using a mixture of styles that combine Brazilian popular culture with commedia dell'arte, circus performa...
Alt Title(s): Pamyua: Yup'ik tribal funk from Alaska
Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 12, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Alaska's performance group Pamyua reinterprets modern traditions of the Inuit and Yup'ik Eskimo through storytelling, music and dance. Pamyua performs Yup'ik storydances that refect the traditions of Yup'ik culture in Southwestern Alaska. The quartet also harmonizes ancient and original music that redefines the boundaries of Inuit expression. Pamyua mixes R&B, jazz, funk and world music to create...
Alt Title(s): Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe: Prehispanic cabaret : the goddesses's navel, Cabaret prehispánico: el ombligo de las diosas, Cabaret prehispánico
Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 15, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: 'Prehispanic Cabaret' is an act of protest against multinational agricultural biotechnology corporations (such as Monsanto) whose introduction of genetically-modified corn into Mexican agriculture severely threatens the country's intangible cultural heritage by all but eliminating natural corn. 'We are corn people,' says writer, director and performer Jesusa Rodríguez, who has been politically ac...
Alt Title(s): Luisa Calcumil: it's good to see ourselves in our own shadow, Es bueno mirarse en la propia sombra, Luisa Calcumil
Location: Performed at Teatro da Cidade on Mar. 12, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Luisa Calcumil's 1987 solo show, 'Es bueno mirarse en la propia sombra' is a plea for the preservation of Mapuche indigenous culture in the face of the homogenizing forces of globalization. The play opens with Calcumil's voice in the dark, introducing herself in the Mapuche language as 'a person of the earth.' We then see her as a grandmother singing in Mapuche and being killed by white invaders ...
Alt Title(s): Coatlicue Theatre: Caracol, heart of the earth, flower of hope, Caracol, corazón de la tierra, flor de la esperanza, Coatlicue Theater
Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 14, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Elvira and Hortencia Colorado, Chichimec Otomi storytellers, playwrights, performers and community activists are founding members of the Coatlicue Theatre Company. Based in New York City, they are also members of danza Mexica Cetiliztli, New York Zapatistas and the American Indian Community House. 'Caracol, Corazón de la Tierra, Flor de la Esperanza' was created after the Colorado sisters lived a...
Alt Title(s): Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA): Soledad and Esperanza, Soledad and Esperanza, Soledad y Esperanza
Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 14, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA) is run by Petrona de la Cruz Cruz and Isabel Juárez Espinosa in Chiapas, Mexico. Their programs educate indigenous women and children in Tzeltal, Tzotzil and Spanish as well as offering an extensive array of vocational skills and theater workshops. FOMMA also provides services like childcare, women's rights education and healthcare. Partly based on Isabel's life...
Alt Title(s): Melange of contemporary American performance
Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 13, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: Mélange of music and dance by contemporary Native American and African American performers, presented at the Francisco Nunes theater in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as a part of the 5th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, titled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices (http://hemisphericinstitute.org/eng/seminar/brazil2005/index.html)....
Alt Title(s): Nock-Ma: el shame-man meets el Mexican't y la hija apócrifa de Frida Cola y Freddy Kruger in Brazil, Nock-ma
Location: Performed at Teatro Francisco Nunes on Mar. 17, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: 'Nock-ma' is a largely improvised three-hour collaboration between Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Mexican/Chicano), James Luna (Native American - Luiseno), and Violeta Luna (Mexican). This multimedia performance/installation was conceived as a 'sampling of apocalyptic post-colonial nightmares for an imaginary photo shoot': on its two main platforms, Violeta Luna and James Luna perform warped versions of v...
Alt Title(s): Welcome ritual for the Hemispheric Institute's Fifth Encuentro
Location: Performed at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais on Mar. 11, 2005, as part of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.
Synopsis: At the opening for the 5th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute, held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and titled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices (http://hemisphericinstitute.org/eng/seminar/brazil2005/index.html), participants were welcomed with traditional songs performed by two indigenous Brazilian groups: the Maxakalí (or Maxacalí) from Minas Gerais, and ...