October 9 & 10, 2021
What is COCOBALÉ?
Cocobalé is the stick fighting dance of Puerto Rico which was forgotten and taken out of the Bomba Communal practice. Reminiscent of Brazil’s Capoeira, Cocobalé was a “dance” used to disguise the enslaved and free people of color’s fighting practices when the Spanish government in colonial Puerto Rico prohibited people of color from using/ practicing with arms.
Milteri Tucker Concepción, Bomba practitioner, cultural warrior, choreographer and scholar has researched this form for the past 8 years, uncovering and re-discovering the powerful meaning that unites Puerto Rico to the rest of the Caribbean basin. Cocobalé, the forgotten dance of Puerto Rico, not only shares its valuable history and pedagogy with a live audience, but also brings forth social justice themes from the 17th century to the present day.
Researched and choreographed by Milteri Tucker Concepcion and Bombazo Dance Company, Cocobalé was developed with support from Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s Step Up Artists in Residence initiative.
In-person performances at PREGONES THEATER (575 Walton Avenue in The Bronx)
This event is open to the general public. Key to NYC vaccination mandate and face mask safety protocols will be observed. Capacity is limited. Please use the online Box Office link at the top of this page.