Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Caribe Negro: Rites and Reason Theatre

Thursday, March 2 –
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Africana Studies / Rites and Reason Theatre at Brown 155 Angell St, Providence, Rhode Island 02912

The performances are part of a curated series titled “Caribe Negro” that engages in and utilizes performance and music to examine the interwoven dynamics of race and national construction in the making of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. These events ask us to look at the Spanish Caribbean as a site of constant negotiation, exchange, movement and struggle to carve out spaces for Black communities and to interrogate the on-going centrality of race in these island nations and its diaspora. The events will further expand conversations and humanities scholarship on Blackness in the Spanish Caribbean engaging these alternative histories through performance, music and theatre.

These events are sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Department of Africana Studies at Brown, the Rites and Reason Theatre, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown, the Brown Arts Initiative, the Watson Institute and the Latino Heritage Swries and the Dominican Students Association at Brown.

Eddie’s Pereji ~ play/post play discussion with actor and director/classroom visit ~

Thursday, March 2 @ 7:00pm

A gripping solo written and performed by Edward Paulino about a working-class Dominican-American college student who stumbles upon a document describing a long-forgotten genocide against Haitians by Dominicans known as the 1937 Haitian Massacre, el Corte, and temwayaj kout kouto. This discovery and subsequent self-reflection sets him on an inescapable collision course with his romanticized notion of what it means to be Dominican in the Diaspora. More Information / Facebook Event Page

La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar ~ performance/post performance conversation ~

Friday, March 3 @ 7:00pm

Through performance and curated community events, interdisciplinary artist Jadele McPherson offers a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gil. La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (Black Mermaid: Sugar Routes”) 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. More Information / Facebook Event Page

Legacy Women ~ musical performance ~

Saturday, March 4 @ 7:00pm

Legacy Women is an all-women’s traditional musical group rooted in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. They are the next generation of NYC’s most gifted drummers, singers, and dancers of Afro-Caribbean music,including Palos, Congos, Salves, Bomba and other Afro-Indigenous roots music of the Caribbean.The group makes music that celebrates the fiery, nurturing, defiant, yet wise touch that mujeres (women) have. Featuring original and traditional songs, their sultry and booming vocals, precision drumming and expressive dances encourages everyone to enjoy! More Information / Facebook Event Page