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MCCLA September Workshops
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
-Traditional Haitian Dance Performance Workshop
-Las Calaveritas y el Posada, play & performance (bilingual)
Date: September 9 - October 21 (Master Class on 10/21)
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm
Cost: $110 (7 weeks) / Studio B
Costume: $50 (paid 1st day of class)
Minimum Students: 20 / Level: Mixed
Performance: October 17, 6:30-8:30
This is a two part interactive workshop and performance of Haitian dance, rhythm and culture led by master artists and cultural practitioners from Haiti. The workshop will be accompanied by a performance by the master artists into which students will be integrated, giving them an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Each class will be centered on one of three distinct rhythms: "Kongo" dance of love and seduction, "Petwo" dance of fire and revolution, "Rara" dance of happiness and celebration. All classes will be led by a master artist of Haitian descent and will explore the cultural roots of the practice through stories and hands-on experience. The workshop will conclude with students learning choreographies to be performed in the group performance with the master artist on stage.
Featured Artists: Florencia Pierre, "Fofo," Cultural Director, is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, singer, actress and educator, as well as a Mambo (a priestess in the Vodou religion).
Djenane St. Juste, Artistic Director Afoutayi
Dance Company. A native of Haiti, Djenane is an accomplished
choreographer, dancer, actress and vocalist specializing in Haitian
traditional dance and folklore.
Jeff Pierre, Music Director, recently graduated from San Francisco's School of the Arts, where he majored in instrumental music.
'LAS CALAVERITAS Y EL POSADA' - is a high energy theater training that develops well rounded performers and Young adults. This five week production program for aspiring actors, 7 to 14, is taught by working Bay Area artists and it will culminate with a staged production of "Calaveritas y el Posada," a Spanish/English play based on the Día de los Muertos celebration, and the famous etchings by Jose Guadalupe Posada.
The play is set in a giant "Día de los Muertos" altar. Students will learn the story behind this celebration and the basics on papel picado, papel mache, altar making, masks and paper flower elaboration.
Hector Zavala: Has worked with youth for the last 15 years reaching over 3000 students receiving "Teacher of the Year" award on two occasions. He developed the "Theatre in the Classroom" program for the "Universidad Estatal Pedagogica," mentoring MFA students and professors. As a professional performer, he has toured to many countries and is currently working as production manager for 42nd Street Moon.
We have a limited number of scholarships to help aid with the cost of
tuition, please contact Hector Zavala for more information. (415) 361-1073,
Students will learn how to work with digital Motion Graphics: they will create visual effects using video layers, and make the impossible possible. They'll also learn amazing software for creating great animations, after effects - from beginning to final render in easy steps, 3D environment, lights and cameras, track and stabilizing motion, croma key technics for changing backgrounds and combing elements, and take their creativity to the next level.
Note: You may bring your laptop but it's not necessary. Software is available online.