La leyenda del cemí (1986) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: La leyenda del cemí
  • Alternate Title: The Legend of the Cemí
  • Duration: 00:18:44
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1986
  • Location: University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: University of Puerto Rico 'Drama Activities' students.
  • Credits: Rosa Luisa Márquez, producer, director ; based on a story by Kalman Barsy ; Oscar Mestey-Villamil, creative collaborator ; Osvaldo Rivera, video.

La leyenda del cemí (1986)

La Leyenda del Cemí was created by Rosa Luisa Márquez in collaboration with Puerto Rican artist Oscar Mestey as a final project with her students of the course "Drama Activities" at the University of Puerto Rico. Based on the eponymous story by writer Kalman Barsy, the piece tells a mythical account of the birth of the island of Puerto Rico. Indigenous Taíno iconography, performing objects made of everyday artifacts, experimental storytelling, live music and infectious Caribbean rhythms create a submarine world where sea creatures join together to reshape the Earth, fulfilling an island?s secret dream. This piece consolidated the group of students who later became the "Teatreros Ambulantes" (Itinerant Performers, 1987-1990).