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Directed by German Jaramillo

Written by Toby Campion

“Between Worlds” is a project in three parts by writer Toby Campion that celebrates the distinct music and culture of three Latin American countries: Colombia, Mexico, and Cuba. Campion’s trilogy is based on two plays that were produced separately in LA, and a third that will move beyond the Hispanic community in LA for its debut in New York. ID Studio will recreate the entire trilogy in the context of the immigrant community in New York. With colloquial humor, each play evokes a specific milieu—the first play, “Cumbia of my Heart,” explores the Colombian coast of the 1940s with its catchy cumbia beat; the second, “The Power of Pedro Infante,” looks at immigrant life in Los Angeles, with the nostalgia for “the golden age” of Mexican music/movies of the 1950s. The third play, “Heavenly Pachanga,” is set in the barrios of present-day New York. It will showcase the Afro-Cuban roots of salsa music by bringing back from the dead two luminaries who were there at its inception: Celia Cruz and Arsenio Rodríguez.

ID Studio will develop the trilogy with Toby Campion, the playwright, who is associated with the BILINGUAL FOUNDATION OF THE ARTS in LA. Director German Jaramillo will work with professional actors, musicians, and dancers to train a dozen young performers from African-American, Cuban and other Latino communities in the Bronx and Queens. Those who are musicians and dancers, especially, will be trained as actors over the course of three months to form a corps de ballet, and a chorus of six voices. For the play, Pablo Mayor will compose original music based on the work of Celia Cruz and Arsenio Rodriguez, and Daniel Fetecua – a world champion of salsa, dancer with the Jose Limón Company, and Director of Pajarillo Pinta’o–will choreograph dances based on Cuban, Mexican, and Colombian traditions.


Documentary Workshop Series and Video Exhibition

As part of its move to the South Bronx, ID Studio is partnering with the local government and our new next door neighbor, BronxArtSpace, to organize a series of workshops in documentary video making. During the workshops, noted directors and cinematographers who have shot TV shows and documentaries for MTV, BBC, Vice, Rolling Stone and more, will teach participants of all ages and backgrounds from the Mott Haven community the fundamentals of shooting and editing short documentary videos. Then participants will partner up to shoot their own documentary videos, using their homes and work places in the South Bronx as material. Inspired in part by the influential MTV show “Cribs,” “Mott Haven at Home” asks participants and viewers alike to take a fresh look at the spaces they live and work in, by taking us on narrated video tours of these places. Through community outreach and partnerships with a number of important institutions in the South Bronx—major low income housing developments, the police precinct, schools, churches, etc.—the project will include a broad range of perspectives on life in Mott Haven. The videos will be exhibited both in public spaces throughout the neighborhood, and for a longer period at BronxArtSpace.


A New Alliance between ID Studio, Folklore Urbano, and Pajarillo Pinta’o

Arts Latino NY is the latest music, dance, and theater venture to promote Latin American culture in the NYC area through educational and performance programs. Co-directed by German Jaramillo (ID Studio Theater company), Pablo Mayor (Folklore Urbano Music Production Company), and Daniel Fetecua (Pajarillo Pinta’o Dance Company), this multi-disciplinary alliance aims to serve Westchester, the Bronx, and the broader NYC area, utilizing the rich dance, music, and literary traditions of Latin America in collaborative performances, and through Spanish language-enriched educational programming.

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