DANCE FOR A DOLLAR
Created by Mariana Carreño King and Daniel Jáquez
MAY 2-25, 2013
An original dance theatre production
New York City can be a lonely place. But there’s a little dance hall in Queens called Club Las Palmas, where a man can take the hand of a woman, embrace his culture and whirl away the cold. In Las Palmas, the muchachas que bailan run the joint and serve up los hombres a little homestyle dignity. Check your worries at the door and feel your body come to life among the joyful sounds of duranguense, folklórico and cumbia!
Dance for a Dollar: Across Borders to draw the community into conversations about the immigrant experience from the immigrant’s point of view. With the support of Oregon Humanities.
• Sunday, May 5, 3:30 p.m.: Birth of a Motion
Dance/Theatre is a hybrid art form in which the narrative and textual properties of theatre are fused into the expressionistic and modern dance. This process of crossing the borders between dance and theatre will be examined in this conversation. Panelists include: Daniel Jaquez, Dance for a Dollar director/choreographer; Mariana Carreño King, Dance for a Dollar; co-creator and writer; Mizu Desierto, co-founder and Artistic Director, of Water in the Desert and The Headwaters Theatre.
• Sunday, May 12, 3:30 p.m.: Wish You Were Here
Dance for a Dollar presents the stories of 9 immigrant adults trying to make the best of their circumstances. They experience feelings of loneliness, alienation and self-doubt and question their decision to move to the U.S. What personal and social resources exist to support health, productivity and happiness in an immigrant’s new life? Panelists: Cynthia Gomez, Exec. Director, PSU Multicultural Center; Yadira Gonzalez, Migrant Education Coordinator at the Intermountain ESD; and other invited guests.
• Sunday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.: De Colores
Some characters in Dance for a Dollar share stories of alienation, underestimation, and even dismissal by the dominant culture. Through the familiar songs the characters recover pieces of their former, stronger identities. Is there a physiological benefit as well as a sense of belonging that comes from the arts? Panelists: Maria Chavez-Haroldson, Associate Director for the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement at Oregon State University; Teresa Alonso, Diversity and Advocacy Coordinator for the Global Diversity and Inclusion office, Portland State Universit; Alberto Moreno, Executive Director, Oregon Latino Health Network
May 22, 2013 at 7:00pm/Suggested Donation $5: Amarillo
Boom Arts (Portland) and OntheBoards.tv (Seattle) in partnership with arts centers throughout the region will bring Teatro Línea de Sombra’s beautiful, poignant, timely theatre work Amarillo, in a high-definition filmed version, to El Centro Milagro.
Created by the acclaimed Mexican theatre troupe Teatro Línea de Sombra, Amarillo uses contemporary visual and multimedia theatre to evoke the hope and despair experienced by Mexican and Central American migrants attempting to cross the US/Mexico border. Amarillo, with its universal themes and compelling imagery, has toured throughout the US and around the world, resonating with audiences of all languages and backgrounds.
ABOUT THE CO-CREATOR, DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
Daniel Jáquez, co-creator, director and choreographer, (www.danieljaquez.com) a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, is a NY based freelance director, an Associate Artist at Miracle Theatre in Portland, Oregon and Teatro V!da in Springfield, MA as well as an Advisory Board member for The Lark's US/Mexico Word Exchange. From 2003 to 2006 he was Director-Producer of INTAR Theatre’s NewWorks Lab and he is the co-founder of Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre in Queens, NY and from 2003 to 2011 was its Artistic Director and choreographer. He has directed and produced shows Off and Off-Off Broadway at Queens Theatre in the Park, The Town Hall, INTAR Theatre, Vital, The Immediate, The Kirk, The Lion, HERE, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 78 Street Theatre and at renowned concert venues such as Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall. Regionally, he has directed across the United States at South Coast Rep, The Intiman, The McCarter, Artists Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre Institute, and others, and has also worked in Russia, Switzerland, France and Mexico. Jáquez has served as panelist and/or committee member for the NEA, TCG, New Dramatists, NYSCA, CUNY, etc. His teaching experience includes: Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College, Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, Guest Artists/Teacher at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College and many community workshops in dance and theatre.
In 2000 he earned an MFA in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute at Harvard University. Daniel studied acting, directing and dramaturgy at Circle Rep, Circle in the Square and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also attended the Saratoga International Theater Institute for The Viewpoints and Suzuki training in New York City. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and of NoPassport, a pan-American theatre coalition. Daniel grew up in Cd. Juárez, Mexico and studied Actuarial Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas and was a member of the Society of Actuaries.
ABOUT THE CO-REATOR AND WRITER
Mariana Carreño King, co-creator and writer, is a freelance writer, translator, director and actor. Her plays include Ofelia’s Lovers, developed as part of a 2-year residency at Mabou Mines; Darkroom written as member of the Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab at INTAR; The Wake, produced at INTAR's NewWorks Lab; Fool’s Journey, a finalist of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Two Minutes in the Lobby, Waiting for the Post Office to Give Birth to Time and Dessert Stories which received stage readings at LAByrinth Summer Intensive Retreats and at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre; Pitahayas, a finalist for the 2003 Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award. Night of the Cat-Sitter, Clowns, Static and Mexico 68 have been presented or workshopped at The Public, The Milagro, Theatre @ Saint Clement’s and with LAByrinth Theatre Company. Mariana’s directing credits include a bilingual production of Eduardo Machado’s The Cook for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX, workshop productions of Space Oddity at Aaron Davis Hall, Dinner with Jobita and la Chacha at INTAR and Pilgrim at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, all written by Henry Guzmán.
Her column, En español, por favor, was published from 2004 to 2006 in the VNU’s magazine Marketing y Medios, and it was a finalist for the 2006 American Business Media’s Neal Award. She has also written for National Geographic Traveler Mexico, Marie Claire en español, Colombia’s El Tiempo, offoffoff.com and Portada magazine.
Mariana is a member of LAByrinth Theatre Company.
May 2 to 25 2013
Presented in English with traditional dance and original music.