Thomas Abercombie (Ph.D. University
of Chicago, 1986) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU. Based
on his first field work in a Bolivian Aymara pueblo and his historical
researches in both Spanish and Bolivian archives, he has published several
articles. He is the author of Ethnology and History of an Andean People
(University of Wisconsin, 1998) about social memory as displayed in rituals
and other performances, poetically organized (such as dance, storytelling,
drinking). He has also worked on the orureño Carnival and the history
of festival performances among people (or "popular class") in
an Andean city. He is involved with gender issues and the study of storytelling
in cases of transgression of social norms.
Dr. Arizpe is Professor of
Anthropology at the Universidad Nacional AutÛnoma de MÈxico,
and former Assistant Director-General for Culture at the United Nations
Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She is currently
a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at New York University's Center for Latin
American and Caribbean Studies and King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.
Her visit has been organized under the auspices of the Andres Bello Chair
in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations. The Andres Bello Chair was
established at the King Juan Carlos Center thanks to the generosity of
the CITGO Petroleum Corporation, the US affiliate of PetrÛleos de
Venezuela. The Chair enables the Center to bring eminent figures to campus
for research, teaching, and participation in public programs.
Gage Averill is Professor of
Music, Chair of the Music Department, and Coordinator of the Program in
Ethnomusicology at New York University. He is author of A Day for the
Hunter, A Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Chicago
1997) and Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop
Harmony (Oxford, forthcoming). His research interests include Caribbean
popular music, music and power, North American vernacular music, and public
Susana Baca is the foremost
singer of Afro-Peruvian music. Her music, on Luaka Bop lable, has promoted
an awareness of the many cultural contributions of African-Peruvians.
Also to this aim, she and her husband Ricardo Pereira are the founders
and co-directors of the Instituto Negrocontinuo in Lima.
Gisela Canepa Koch
Ms. Koch is a Professor of
Anthropology in the Social Studies Department at Pontificia Universidad
Católica del Perú where she also co-chairs the Taller de
Antropologia Visual (Visual Anthropology Workshop). She received her Master's
in Anthropology at the Pontificia Católica and her doctorate studies
at the University of Chicago, Illinois. She was awarded with scholarships
from Century Fellowship and Consejo Latino Americano de Ciencias Sociales-CLACSO.
She is the author of Máscara, Transformación e Identidad
en los Andes (Mask, Transformation and Identity in the Andes; Lima: PUC,
1998) and has edited Identidades Representadas: performance, experiencia
y memoria en los Andes (Acted Identities: performance, experience and
memory in the Andes; Lima:PUC, 2001). She has also directed four documentaries
for the series Video Etnográficos del Centro de Etnomusicologia
Andina de la PUCP (Ethnographic Videos for the Andes Ethnomusicology Center
at PUCP) and the CD-ROM Multimidia, musica y ritual en los Andes peruanos
(CD-ROM Multimedia, music and ritual in the Peruvian Andes; Lima: PUCP,
Las Agencias is not a closed collective group of artists and political
activists. It is a movement that was originated in Barcelona more than
a year ago. People from different cities and countries - with experiences
in intervention art - got together to share a mutual interest: to investigate
the ways of making art where the most creative and ambiguous trends of
political activism feed the contemporary tactics and artistic techniques.
Las Agencias create, grow and destroy themselves in due time according
to the projects they are involved in. Thus, the Agencia Grafica played
an important role in the campaigns "Dinero Gratis", "BCN2001
- Contra el Banco Mundial, or "La Bolsa o la Vida." The Agencia
de Medios was quite important in the gestation of IndyMedia in Barcelona.
The Agencia de Moda y Complementos worked on projects such as "Prêt
a Revolter" or the "tutte bianche" Hispanics. The Agencia
Fotografica develops an important work concerning documentation in collaboration
with solidarity networks dealing with migrants in the southern border
of Spain. The Agencia Espacial has developed a series of vehicles from
the ShowBus to the Video-Bicis or the Bicke-writers. The latest developed
projects have been "New Kids on the Black Block"(www.newkidsontheblackblock.com)
and Guerra Mítica (www.guerramitica.com). During the summer of
2002, under the title of "Ninguna Persona es illegal"(Nobody
is illegal) Las Agencias will develop a project of exhibition and intervention
related to migration and globalization issues in Madrid.
Pablo Delano was born in San
Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to the USA at age 18 to attend university.
He holds a BFA degree in painting from Tyler School of Art (Temple University)
and an MFA degree in painting from Yale School of Art. He began to photograph
when he moved to New York City in 1979, focusing on Caribbean communities,
both in the US and in the islands. He has completed numerous community
based public art projects, including commissions from the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs and the U.S Department of the Interior.
He is the author of Faces of America (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992)
Currently, he is working on a book of photographs about cross-cultural
worship and celebration in Trinidad, West Indies.
Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder
of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), the group that developed
Virtual-Sit In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities
in Chiapas, Mexico. He is Senior Editor of The Thing (bbs.thing.net).
He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble (1987 to 1994), the originators
of the theory of Electronic CivilDisobedience). He recently presented
a 12 hour streaming media net.performance with Coco Fusco, entitled ÒDolores
from 10h to 22hÓ from Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma,
in Helsinki (www.kiasma.fi/ars/dolores), 2002. Ricardo was a Fake_Fakeshop
Worker from 1997 to 2000 (www.fakeshop.com), a hybrid performance group,
that was one of the first net.art projects presented at the Whitney Biennial
2000. Dominguez has collaborated on a number of international net_art
projects. His first digital zapatismo project took place in 1996 - 97,
a three month RealVideo/Audio network project: The Zapatista/Port Action
at (MIT) with Ron Rocco. His essays have appeared at Ctheory (www.ctheory.org)
and in "Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas," (Routledge,
2000), edited by Coco Fusco. He edited EDT's forthcoming book Hacktivism:
network_art_activismÓ, (Autonomedia Press, 2002).
Lowell Fiet (born in 1948) received his M.A, (1971) and his Doctorate
in Languages (Ph.D., 1973) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Since then, he has been studying theatre, the Hispanic Caribbean culture
as well as the literature, language and culture of the English- and French-speaking
regions in the Caribbean. Between 1992 and 1994, his student theater group,
Taller de Imágenes, toured around the Latino communities of New
York through the exchange program CUNY-UPR and also in the Dominican Republic
and Cuba. Besides his published works in magazines, he has edited various
volumes of essays: West Indian Literature and Its Political Context (1988),
re-Definiciones: Espacio - global/nacional/cultural/personal - Caribeño
(Definitions: Space - global/national/cultural/personal - Caribbean) (1977),
Hablar/nombrar/pertenecer: el juego entre el idioma y la identidad en
las culturas caribeñas (Speaking/naming/belonging: the game between
language and identity in the Caribbean cultures) (1998), Un convite de
poetas e teatreros: Voz y performance en las culturas caribeñas
(An invitation to poets and theater people: Voice and performance in the
Caribbean cultures) (1999), Performance and text in Caribbean Literature
and Art (2000) and (con)Fusion cultura?: Performance e performeros transcaribeños
(con-Fusion culture?: Performance and trans-Caribbean performance artist)
(2001) among others.
Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani
Yuyachkani is a quechua word meaning Ï am thinking", "I
am remembering." Yuyachkani has dedicated to theatrical activities
since 1971. The most fundamental feature of the group's experience
is to claim for a theater of creation which feeds itself from dance,
music, traditions, masks, signs and elements of the Peruvian culture.
They have produced 25 spectacles which aims at thinking Peru in
theatrical terms. At present, Yuyachkani has opened a space called
CEXES - Centro de experimentacion escenica (Center for theatrical
experimentation). For the past few years, Yuyachkani has traveled
throughout Peru, presenting their spectacles, teaching and getting
to know the life and customs of the Peruvian villages. Yuyachkani
has always been present at events for education and International
Theater Festivals in Latin America, U.S., and Europe. Nuestra Casa-Teatro
is permanently open to the community aiming at encouraging experimentation
and promoting cultural and multidisciplinary artistic expressions.
The Nuestra Casa consists of a permanent workshop for research and
construction of masks, a library with texts on theater and Peruvian
and world cultures, two show rooms, a video library and an area
for publications about Yuyachkani's own experiences and other groups
alike. With the occupancy of 250 seats, Nuestra Sala Teatral is
used for several purposes where they present their works as well
as other theater, dance and music groups from Peru, Latin America,
Europe and Asia.
Gómez-Peña is a writer and performance artist. He
was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. in 1978. Since then, he
has been researching issues such as the border and trans-cultural
identity. Through journalism, performance, radio, video, poetry
and installations, Gomez-Peña has looked into the relationship
between Latinos and the U.S. From 1984 to 1990, he founded and participated
in the "Taller de Arte Fronterizo" and contributed to
the public national radio show "Crossroads." Lately he
has been one of the editors of "High Performance" and
"Drama Review" magazines. He has been awarded with the
Prix de la parole at the Festival Internacional de las Américas
(1989), a Bessie in New York (1989) and a fellowship from the MacArthur
Foundation (1991) among others. He is the author of "Warrior
for Gringostroika" published by Graywolf Press in 1993. His
book "The New World Border" received an American Book
award in 1997.
Josh Kun is Assistant Professor
of English at UC Riverside and an arts columnist for the San Francisco
Bay Guardian and The Boston Phoenix. He is a 2000-2002 Sundance Writers
Fellow whose writing has appeared in the popular press (SPIN, Rolling
Stone, Village Voice, LA Weekly), scholarly journals (Theatre Journal,
American Literary History, American Jewish History), and book anthologies
(James Baldwin Now, Everynight Life, Dangerous Border Crossers). He is
the host of two Latin music video and culture shows (The Red Zone on MTV-Espanol
and Rokamole on KJLA) and is a resident DJ with the US-UK-Latin America
nightclub La Leche. He is currently completing his first book for UC Press,
Strangers Among Sounds: Listening, Difference, and the Music of America.
Zeca Ligiero received his Doctorate in Performance Studies from NYU. He
is the founder and coordinator of NEPPA at UNIRIO. He is a theater director,
artist, writer and co-founder of the graduate and the doctorate programs
in theater at UNIRIO where he has taught since 1989. He is the author
of the essay "Candomblé is a religio-life-at" published
in the book "Divine Inspiration" by New Mexico University Press.
He is also the author of "Iniciação ao Candomblé"
(Initiation to the Candomblé) (1993), "Umbanda: Paz, liberdade
e cura"(Umbanda: Peace, freedom and healing) (1998) and "Carmen
Miranda: An Africa-Brazilian Paradox"(to be released soon). He is
an expert in both Brazilian and Afro-Indigenous performance studies.
Vivian Martínez Tabares
Vivian Martínez Tabares
is a theater reviewer, researcher, editor and teacher. She is the author
of Teatro por el Gran Octubre, José Sanchis Sinisterra: explorar
las vías del texto dramático (José Sanchis Sinisterra:
exploring the paths of the dramatic text) and Didascalias urgentes de
una espectadora interesada. Several of her works have been part of anthologies
about theater and she has been a collaborator for publications in Argentina,
Brazil, Bolivia, Cuba, Spain, E.U., France, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Sweden.
She is an Associate Professor at the Instituto Superior de Arte and has
lectured at universities in Latin America and Europe. She is a member
of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UENAC) and general
secretary to the Centro Cubano de la Associación Internacional
de Críticos de Teatro (AICT). She was awarded with a fellowship
from "Programa Caribe 2000" from the Rockefeller Foundation
at the Universidad de Puerto Rico (1996-97). She is chair of the magazine
Conjunto and the Departamento de teatro de la Casa de las Américas,
in Habana, Cuba.
Professor Emeritus of Universidad Nacional San Cristóbal de Huamanga
(Ayacucho, Peru) and Professor of the Literature Doctorate program of
the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. He was a visiting Professor
at the University of Texas, Austin (1987), Stanford (1986) and Princeton
(1991). He is a researcher for the Seminario Interdisciplinario de Estudios
Andinos (Lima, Peru) and also a researcher at the Museo Etnológico
Nacional de Japón in 1980 and 2000. He has published several works
on Andean religions and ethnicity. He is the author of Dioses Familiares:
Festivales Populares en el Perú Contemporáneo (Familiar
Gods: Popular Festival in Contemporary Peru) (2001); Perú: el Legado
de la Historia (Peru: the legacy of History) and Dioses y Demonios del
Cuzco (Gods and Devils of Cuzco) (2001).
Luis Guillermo Nugent
Mr. Nugent is a historian at Pontificia Universidad Católica del
Perú. He attended his graduate courses in Mexico and the United
States. He is a Professor at PUCP, Universidad de Lima and the Universidad
Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peruvian University of Applied Sciences).
He is a contributor to the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Peru. He is the
author of "El Conflicto de las sensibilidades"(The conflict
of sensitivities), "El Poder Delgado", "El laberinto de
la Choledad"(The labyrinth of Choledad), "Composición
sin título"(Composition without a title) about the forms of
representation of power in Peru and Latin America from the perspective
of oral, written and audiovisual communication. He's currently a researcher
for DESCO, in Lima, Peru.
Mr. Peirano is the founder and dean of the School of Sciences and Arts
of Communication and the coordinator of the master's program in Communication
at Pontificia Católica del Perú (PUCP). A sociologist at
PUCP, he completed his post-graduation course in Social Communication
at the University of Southern Illinois and the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. From his first year studying at the School of Languages and Literature
and also at the Theater of Universidad Catolica (TUC), he has participated
in numerous productions and audiovisual projects. He has been a professor
and director at TUC and has taught at several colleges since 1969. Mr.
Peirano has been a researcher and chair of the education field as well
as the president for DESCO(Center for Studies and Promotion of Development)
and has been an expert in education and communication for 25 years. Mr.
Peirano has been in the Editorial Board of the magazine "QueHacer"
for many years. He has also been writing and directing communication projects
for radio, video, cinema and video. He is the author of several works
on the reform of media, culture and problems related to education in Peru.
In 1997, in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the foundation of
PUCP, Mr. Peirano directed "Cristales Rotos" by Arthur Miller
and the auto Ël Gran teatro del mundo"by Pedro Calderón
de la Barca. In 2001, he directed "Galileo Galilei" by Bertold
Mary Louise Pratt
Mary Louise Pratt is professor
and chair of Spanish and Portuguese and professor of Comparative Literature
and at Stanford University. Her publications include Imperial Eyes: Travel
Writing and Transculturation (1992), Women, Culture and Politics in Latin
America (co-authored), Linguistics for Students of Literature (with Elizabeth
C. Traugott, 1980), and Toward a Speech Act Theory of Literary Discourse
(1977), as well as several essays on literature, culture and politics.
Books in progress include Mujer y ciudadanía: historia de discursos,
1820 1997/Gender and Citizenship: Latin American Women Engage the Nation,
1820-1997; and In This Together with Renato Rosaldo.
Iñigo Ramirez de
Mr. Ramirez de Haro is an aeronautics engineer, diplomat and philologist.
He is the programming director at Casa de America in Madrid. As an actor,
his theatrical background began at the Centro de Estudios Teatrales de
José Luis Gómez (José Luiz Gómez's Center
of Theatrical Studies) in Madrid in 1978. He also attended courses at
Estudio de Martin Adjemin as well as New York's Actor's Studio and seminars
with Dominique de Facio, John Strasberg etc. He has worked on several
theatrical and movie projects. He was awarded Best Actor for the film
"Acosado" by Rafael Moleon. As a theater director, he started
as an assistant director at Teatro Maria Guerrer, in Madrid, under the
direction of Lluis Pascual and assistant director at Teatro Español
under the management of Miguel Narros. He directed "La Buhardilla"at
Bogota's T.P.B. Mr. Ramirez de Haro has directed productions and acted
at Teatro Nacional de Bogota along with artists from Colombia, Argentina,
and Spain. He has been a visiting professor at some universities.
Gustavo Remedi, Uruguayan,
Associate Professor at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Obtained
his M. A. and Ph. D. in Hispanic Literature and Comparative Studies in
Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Author
of Murgas: El teatro de los tablados (Montevideo: Trilce, 1996; soon to
by published in translation by the University of Minnesota Press) for
which he was awarded the 1997 First Prize in the category Essay on Art
from the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture and Education, and La Modernidad
Desbordada (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2001) the
Spanish translation of Arjun Appadurai's major work. While discussing
various kinds of cultural artifacts and manifestations (popular theatre,
urban space and its impact on politics and culture, community radios,
global flows and local cultural mediation) his many publications at home
and abroad revolve around the fundamental question of the reconstruction
and reorganization of the urban public sphere in the aftermath of Uruguay's
Milla Cozart Riggio
James J. Goodwin Professor
of English at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct., specializes in Caribbean
Carnival, Shakespeare, and medieval English drama. She guest edited a
special issue of TDR on Trinidad and Tobago Carnival (1998). Her publications
also include The Play of Wisdom: Its Texts and Contexts (1999), Teaching
Shakespeare Through Performance (2000), and Culture in Action: Trinidad
and Tobago Carnival (forthcoming in the Routledge Worlds of Performance
series, 2003). She has worked as a professional dramaturg on Richard Schechner's
Hamlet, and with Mark Lamos on Romeo and Juliet, Sheridan's the Rivals,
Cymbeline, and currently Much Ado About Nothing.
Ms. Rodríguez is an actress and director. She was born in Mexico
in 1955. She was awarded Best Actress for El Concilio de Amor at the Montreal's
Festival de Las Americas in 1989. In 1990, she was awarded with a Guggenheim
grant. In 1994-1997, she received an Arts ad Humanities grant from the
Rockefeller Foundation. Along with Liliana Felipe, she renovated the Teatro
la Capilla and founded the cabaret El Habito in which she has acted and
directed more than 320 productions in ten years (1990-2000). In 1996,
she directed a video version of Mozart's opera Cosí Fan Tutte and
Da Ponte. In 1997, she directed a version for the opera Primero Sueño
de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz's
first dream). In 1998 and 1999, she acted in "Las Horas de Belén"
in Mexico and New York. In 2000, she presented José Ramón
Enríquez's El Fuego (The Fire). Renato Leduc's Prometeo Sifilítico
(Prometeus stricken with syphilis) and adapted Esquilo's Prometeo Encadenado
(Prometeus in chains). In 2000, along with Liliana Felipe, she was awarded
with an OBIE from New York's The Village Voice. In 2000, Ms. Rodríguez
opened the Teatro Brava, in San Francisco, CA, with her play Belén.
At present, she is working on Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Mr. Romero is the coordinator and Professor of the master's program in
Anthropology at Universidad Nacional Mayor at San Marcos. He is also the
Executive Director of the Pontificia Católica del Perú's
Centro de Etnomusicologia Andina (Center for Andean Ethnomusicology).
He is the author of "Música, Danza and Máscara en los
Andes (Music Dance and Mask in the Andes, Lima, 1993) and Debating the
Past, Music, Memory and Identity in the Andes (New York, 2001).
Mr. Rosales was born in Mexico
in 1956. He graduated in Sociology at Escuela Nacional de Estudios Profesionales
Actlán, received his master's in Urbanism at the Facultad de Arquictetura
and his doctorate in Latin American Studies. All his degrees were obtained
from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Mr. Rosales
is responsible for the Program Institutions, Politics and Cultural Diversity
from the Centro Regional de Investigaciones Multidisciplinares (Regional
Center for Multidisciplinary Research). At present, Mr. Rosales is working
on two projects: Diversidad, Cultura y Creatividad (Diversity, Culture
and Creativity) and Theater and Thought in Latin America. He is responsible
for the webpage: www.crim.unam.mx/cultura.
Profesor in the Cinema Studies
Department at New York University. His many books include Tropical Multiculturalism:
A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Cinema and Culture (1997);
Brazilian Cinema, co-authored with Randal Johnson (1995); Unthinking Eurocentrism:
Multiculturalism and the Media, with Ella Shohat (1994), which won the
Catherine Singer Kovocs "Best Film Book Award"; Subversive Pleasures:
Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism, and Film (1992) andFilm Theory: An Introduction.
Unthinking Eurocentrism and Film Theory: An Introduction are both forethcoming
in Spanish versions from Paidos Publishers.
Mr. Vich received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He is a researcher
at Pontificia Católica del Perú's Instituto de Estudios
Peruanos (Institute for Peruvian Studies). His work focuses on the use
of language on the street, therefore, the public spaces as centers of
construction and deconstruction of social imaginary and popular opinion.
He is the author of El Discurso de la calle: los comicos ambulantes y
las tensiones de la modernidad en el Perú (The discourse of the
street: the traveling actors and the tension of the modernity in Peru).