Artist Talk | “WE HAVE IRÉ”
685 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival and MoAD present
An artist talk and excerpts of the theater project (work in progress) We have Iré – an exploration of Cuban artists, immigration and Afro-Cuban religious themes. Featuring DJ Leydis, Ramón Ramos Alayo, recorded music by Yosvani Terry and video by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.
Paul Flores is a published poet, performance artist, playwright, and well known spoken word artist. He was raised in Chula Vista, CA and spent much of his youth in Tijuana, Mexico. Flores plays have been produced at Brava Theater, GALA Hispanic Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Pregones Theatre, Abrons Art Center, Taller Puertorriquena, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, InterAct Theater, DiverseWorks, Su Teatro, South Coast Rep, and many more. Flores is a Doris Duke Artist, a MAP Fund awardee, a Gerbode-Hewlett Theater commission recipient, a NALAC Fund for Arts recipient, and 2011 SF Weekly Best Politically Active Hip-hop Performer. He is co-founder of Youth Speaks, and currently an adjunct professor of Theater at the University of San Francisco. His last play “On The Hill: I am Alex Nieto” (2016) dramatizes the life and death of Alex Nieto who was killed by San Francisco Police Department, using music, dance and theater as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity to discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification. Flores previous play PLACAS (2012) was based on testimonies of members of MS-13 in California barrios. One of his newest plays “We Have Iré” is commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and follows Afro-Cuban immigrant artists and their connection to Lucumí religious traditions.
$10 Advanced Purchase | $15 Door
The 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival, June 15-24, 2018, features two weekends of performances at Laney College in Oakland (Weekend 1, June 15-17) and the Brava Theater in San Francisco (Weekend 2, June 22-23), as well as an evening lecture & film series at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). This year, our focused theme is “The Movements of Migrations.” The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. More at cubacaribe.org