La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (loose translation: Black Mermaid: Sugar Routes) takes as its inspiration 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. Singer/performer Jadele McPherson in collaboration with Director Charlotte Brathwaite
In the year of the thaw between Cuba and the U.S., singer/performer Jadele McPherson creates a musical and theatrical bridge connecting the Cuban-American experience of today with black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from two hundred years ago. Scenes of a young Cuban-American woman discovering her own rebellious ancestry are swallowed by music, dance and ritual featuring some of the great dance and music artists this city has to offer, many coming out of Cuban and Haitian traditions, including Osvaldo Bembesito Lora, Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey, Daniel Gil, Hansel Vaillant, Miguelo Valdes, Charles Hart and Diosvany Valladares. Themes of black resistance both historical and contemporary swell in this colorful and immersive spectacle.
Photos copyright Sokari Ekine 2016.