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Celebrando 2005 - The Folklore of Loiza
Workshop with William Cepeda & AfroBoricua

Celebrando 2005 focused on the rich folklore of Loiza, a project which started with a year-long historic investigation into Loiza's rich traditions. On Feb 16-20, 2005, we were honored to bring William Cepeda and members of AfroBoricua (Maribella Burgos, Victor Fuentes) to Austin for a week-long, master-level workshop on the Bomba dance, percussion rhythms, and songs unique to Loiza, including the Seis Corrido and Corbe. We also learned about the celebrated Festival of Santiago Apostal which brings to life Loiza's historic devotion to Santiago Apostol (St. James the Apostle), a tradition first brought to the new world by colonizing Spaniards and transformed into something uniquely Puerto Rican with West African influences. The Musicos enjoyed intense rehearsals of original traditional and experimental music written by William Cepeda, while the dancers had great fun learning the games and songs of the Baquine, a tradition that celebrates the death of an innocent child who will surely go straight to heaven. This workshop built artistic material -- music and choreographies in both traditional and experimental styles -- that we performed together when William and his team returned to Austin for our project's culminating, joint performance Celebrando 2005, on June 25-26, 2005. Enjoy these scenes from our fabulous workshop!

The Fabulous Trio teaches!

Characters from Loiza Carnaval!

William directs PRFDance Musicos

Maribella leads PRFDancers

We can't wait for June!

Thanks William, Maribella & Tico!

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