Lukumi Arts is an interdisciplinary arts collective dedicated to creating innovative projects. Founded (January2008) as an open and growing collective of artists, orisha/palo priests and practitioners, singers, dancers, percussionists, MCs, and producers; we narrate stories that reflect the history, struggles, perserverance and beauty of our community. Amidst a negative array of stereotypes, images and misinformation about Afro-Cuban religions and culture, we communicate the positive, empowering nature of Afro-Cuban arts.
La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (Sugar Routes)
For four days, singer/performer Jadele McPherson in collaboration with Director Charlotte Brathwaite, 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, Bembesito Akpon, Hansel Vaillant and Daniel Gil. La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (“The Siren: Routes 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.
If you missed the chance to donate to our Hatchfund campaign, you can contribute to our GoFundMe La Sirene support campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/lasirene.
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
Healing Spaces Presentation/Panel
Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ/Curated by Dr. Courtney Bryan September 27, 2015