Past Event

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 8 PM

Saturday, June 1, 2019

By: Julia Gutiérrez Rivera

Step Up Artists In Residence

Developmental showing of first full-length solo show by young master of the Puerto Rican Bomba folk dance genre Julia Gutiérrez Rivera. Highly expressive vignettes from an accomplished dancer who savors tradition and also takes joy in breaking it open! I Am Julia juxtaposes a dancer’s fundamento or foundation, earned in the bosom of Los Pleneros de La 21—one of the most revered Puerto Rican folk ensembles of all time, with other equally powerful influences and passions. Her choreography draws varied inspiration from growing up NuyoRican, and challenges preconceived, uncritical, or overly reverential notions of “what it means to dance Bomba.” Rich with the sensual art of faldeo or skirt flying, footwork and intimate reflections, this performance is one of sheer athleticism and poignant artist’s commentary on culture, race, gender, and age.

Created and performed by Julia Gutiérrez Rivera

With creative advisement from Jorge B. Merced

Accompanying musicians:
Nelson Matthew González
Nina Dilet Rodríguez
Alex LaSalle
Juan Gerena

I Am Julia is being developed with support from Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and its Step Up Artists In Residence initiative, established with a grant from The New York Community Trust.

 

A featured event of retroACTIVO, the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2019, presented in partnership with Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education and Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr. The South Bronx Culture Trail engages artists, scholars, and community members in developing a physical and virtual trail connecting sites that played a significant role in spawning the rich cultural history of the South Bronx. The initiative also includes intergenerational performances, exhibitions, dance parties, the gathering and dissemination of oral histories, a website, and guided tours of the Culture Trail. This year’s retroACTIVO festival theme and artists refer to the past in order to re-interpret traditions, artworks, and genres as a form of resistance. Visit the festival webpage for information on many other fantastic, family-friendly events running May 24 – June 29!

More About the Artist – Click to Open

Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, also known as Julia Loiza, is the youngest daughter of master plenero, Juan Gutierrez (Los Pleneros de la 21). Bomba and Plena have been the epicenter of her life since childhood, raised and taught by numerous luminaries of the tradition, including her father and other noted founded members of Los Pleneros de la 21. Performing and teaching since 2003, Julia has morphed into one of today’s most respected Bomba dancers.  From being featured in Sesame Street as a child to International World Music stages as an adult, her unique style combines both traditional influences and urban swag, telling her story of complicated DiasporaRican identity and experiences. Julia has been a core member of Los Pleneros de la 21 since 2002, and is credited with being responsible for the revitalization of the group’s programming and new sounds. In 2017 she formed Redobles de Cultura (RDCNYC), along with several friends and top NuyoRican bomberos, a group that is rapidly being regarded as NYC’s top Bomba ensemble. Julia has performed with and been part of numerous ensembles and special projects, including Alma Moyo, The Legacy Women, Bomplenazo Artist Collective, Elio Villafranca’s Jass Syncopaters and more. When she is not performing or teaching, Julia advocates for cultural arts representation across different platforms and stages as an arts manager and producer.

Directions to Pregones in THE BRONX – Click to Open

Pregones Theater
575 Walton Avenuet
(b/w 149th & 150th Streets)
The Bronx, NY 10451

#2, 4 and 5 Trains to 149th St & Grand Concourse

For more information call us at 718-585-1202

Past Event

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 8 PM
  • Location

    at Pregones in THE BRONX

  • Conceived by

    Julia Gutiérrez Rivera

  • Creative advisement by

    Jorge B. Merced

  • Featuring

    Julia Gutiérrez Rivera

    Musicians:
    Nelson Matthew González
    Nina Dilet Rodríguez
    Alex LaSalle
    Juan Gerena

  • A project of

    Pregones/PRTT’s
    Step Up Artists In Residence