EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

"TATANKA vs THE BLACK SNAKE"

"Tatanka vs The Black Snake": Environmental/Native American.

Designed for 9th to 12th grades and adult audiences.

 In 2017, funded again by the Queens Council of the Arts, and later on supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, it is an environmental production aimed at high school and adult audiences.

 

Through traditional powwow dance, contemporary choreography, creative costuming,  dramatic contemporary and traditional music and framed by an intricate multifaceted media backdrop, the stunning performance challenges audiences to investigate the devastating effects that oil production and transportation has on the environment and the health of all peoples.

 

Tatanka not only saved the people from extinction but this production represents the champion of the environment and once again, saves the people from destruction.

 

This piece supports Indigenous communities all around America: Raramuris, Yaquis, Putumayo and the Amazon tribes and Mapuches fighting the destruction and the pollution of the waters, by the corporate fossil fuel industry. 

Originally created in 2016 by Cristina Cortes, Lance White Magpie and Orisha Franklyn. 

Voice overs: Harry Bridges, Orisha Franklyn, Phyllis Young (Dakota Elder), Bobby Gonzales. Video Installation by Carolina Cortes, Orisha Franklyn and Cristina Cortes.

"Balam Ajpu"

 Jaguar/Warrior: Meso-American. Designed to 6th to 8th grades and family programs.

 Introducing audiences to Meso-American mythology and Culture, help children  understand dance as a language of communication and expression and expose  children to dance vocabulary and symbols.  

 

A dance/story-telling/multimedia program inspired on ancient Mayan Cosmo-vision from the first chapter of the Popol Vuh:

the creation of the first fathers and mothers. This program is a combination of a 30-minute digital video, art and audio installation and 30-minutes of interaction with children through of Live Dance. We introduce children to 3 Mayan  mother  tongues: Tzutujil, Kaqchikel and K'iche.  Audience will learn  words, short phrases of  hiphop lyrics: parts of the body, name of  Nawals (animals) and the beings and  elements of nature and how all this is related to the Mayan Calendar.

Digital installation images a courtesy of Nicaraguan illustrator: Luis Garay from his book Popol Vuh and from the Smithsonian Museum. Script and digital creation by Cristina Cortes and Carolina Cortes. Audio, Lyrics and General Script Advisory by Tz’utu Kan.  

 

"QUETZALCOATL vs
THE BLACK SNAKE"
for children of Elementary Grades. 
 

Funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, DCA, in 2018, is also based on the dangers of fossil fuels, but aimed at elementary children and their families. In this production, Quetzalcoatl is the hero and is from the Olmec/Mayan/Aztec tradition.

 

Quetzalcoatl created humans and did all he could to protect and teach them. He gave them corn, a calendar, ceremony and shows up to save them once again. An environmental family-friendly piece suited for Pre-K and Elementary ages.

 

The story of the legendary fight between the good ancient snake coming from the territory of the Anahuac and the new evil corporate black snake. 

 

This piece will be performed without a digital installation and can be available in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues as there are few technical requirements. 

Script by Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Choreography and Artistic Direction by Cristina Cortes. Voice Over/Spoken Word by Irma Laguerre.