eSe Teatro, in partnership with The AFrican ConeXion Project, was awarded a generous grant from the Seattle Center Foundation to produce free, artistic programming for the public at the Seattle Center grounds during the Spring/Summer of 2012.
Our first program, el Son de los Diablos (Devil’s Dance Parade) took place on May 5, 2012. After months of rehearsals the “diablo” troop which included members of eSe Teatro as well as members from West Seattle’s Balorico Dance Studio, invaded not only the Seattle Center grounds, but the Monorail and Westlake Center as well!
El Son de los Diablos was choreographed by visiting artist Luis “Lucho” Sandoval, Artistic Director of Lima’s Teatro del Milenio, whose visit was made possible by funds from the Next Fifty as well as a partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center which housed workshops lead by Sandoval in dance, directing and movement, as well as a last-minute invitation from Seattle Theatre Group (STG) to perform at the first annual Taste of the Season community gathering.
This was an incredible experience for all of us, from learning the traditional AfroPeruvian Stepping Dance, working with visiting artist and Master Dancer Luis Sandoval, partnering with local organizations, engaging with our youth as well as the community at large, and just plain having a blast celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Seattle’s World Fair!
Did you catch the diablos? If so, let us know where and what you thought! If you took pictures with us, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them on facebook (or post them yourself on our wall, we’d love to see them!)Recap of Programming: Free, family-friendly, inclusive, cultural presentation. Partnerships: The AFrican ConeXion Project, Seattle Center Foundation, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, STG Presents, Monorail, Balorico Dance Studio. A special thanks to Luis “Lucho” Sandoval who shared with us not only his talent, but his art, experiences, history and spirit. Muchas gracias, Maestro.
Immediately after the performance, there was a short workshop lead by Luis Sandoval in the Global Classroom, which you can watch here: http://n50.onetotheworld.net/arts12