La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (Sugar Routes)
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 Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gil. La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (“The Siren: 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, based in her own family history, 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.
Fall season 2016 @ JACK: http://www.jackny.org/jadele-mcpherson.html
Tickets $18/night, Weekend Pass $45 (discounts for Hatchfund campaign donors)
La Mesa Blanca (The White Table) - Workshop 2017-18
Our second project is a full-length play entitled "La Mesa Blanca/The (white) Table" about an Afro-Caribbean family in The Bronx told by main character Odymaris who reveals her world through magical realism, song, poetry, Afro-Cuban spirituality and her grandmother's cooking to grapply with life, career, education, spirit, poverty, racism and oppression in an Afrodescendant community.
Past Performance Work
Wemilere: Songs & A Just Meditation, 12/04/2015 at JACK (Brooklyn, NY). We're still buzzing from the great energy of this room and community!
Debajo del Laurel, December 14th, 2013
Mi China de Oro: A Rumberas Anthem of Love, Life & Song happened on May 5th, 7-9pm at The Brecht Forum. Here are some pictures from the event commemorating the lives of past Afro-Cuban rumberas and artists whose voices have become silenced in contemporary Afro-Cuban arts in the U.S.
Dancing Graves, Theater/Multidisciplinary
Rita Macias dances Yemaya w/Ensemble, UChicago Intl. House, October 2008
IréIroso: FourMirrorWomen This is monologue-music based hour long performance about hair, beauty and color in African American and Afro-Latina/o communities in our hemisphere.
This is monologue-music based hour long performance about hair, beauty and color in African American and Afro-Latina/o communities in our hemisphere.