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Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival
Friday July 16 to Sunday July 18 at Harbourfront Centre


Harbourfront Centre
celebrates the global influence that is current Latin culture at this year's Ritmo y Color festival from Friday July 16 through Sunday July 18. This free admission festival embraces the innovations and struggles that define today's Latin artists. By partnering with two of Toronto's most forward looking arts presenters, Ritmo y Color filters Latin American traditions through a contemporary lens. Event highlights and complete event listings below.

Ritmo y Color festival highlights include rare free concerts from Los Angeles Rock legends Los Lobos and Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles. The multiple Grammy nominated Puerto Rican's Plena Libre, Cuba Timba group
Azúcar Negra, Montreal's Yousy Barbara and Mandinga all make Toronto debuts. Dance premieres include performances by acclaimed Mexican dancer/choreographer Serafín Aponte as well as the premiere of the Toronto work Angels of the World. The AluCine Film and Video Festival has assembled a stellar film showcase series while events like Alter-latino - New Sounds, New Voices, The Comparsa, Lotería and a Peña Literaria Bajo Las Estrellas (Peña under the Stars) highlight the diversity of experiences available at Ritmo y Color. All events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. For more information call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

MUSIC
(times and dates below):- In partnership with Toronto's Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), Ritmo y Color presents a rare free concert with Los Angeles Latin Rock legends Los Lobos. Acknowledged as one of Rock music's most distinctive and original bands, the group merges multiple musical styles with traditional Spanish and Mexican music. From La Bamba to The Neighbourhood to side projects like the Latin Playboys - Los Lobos returns full force this year with the star-studded new release The Ride. Also in partnership with LAMC Venezuelan Disco Funk Latin-House ensemble Los Amigos Invisibles perform hot on the heels of their new release Venezuelan Zinga Son, produced by House music legends Masters at Work. Los Amigos Invisibles are also busy remixers as seen by their collaborations with the Beastie Boys and Basement Jaxx. In addition, LAMC is presenting concerts and panels at Harbourfront Centre and at Lula Lounge.

Plena Libre  - This Puerto Rican group have single handedly revitalized the traditional Puerto Rican rhythm of Plena with contemporary dance-floor styles. The group's multiple Grammy nominations have led to worldwide touring and acclaim. This will be their Toronto debut. Azúcar Negra - this Cuban group make their Toronto debut with a sizzling set of Salsa-infused Timba. Mandinga - Montreal's 10 piece ensemble showcase their unique fusion of Latin World Jazz with Afro-Peruvian rhythms and percussion at their Toronto debut. Yousy Barbara - originally from Cuba, current Montrealer Yousy Barbara makes her Toronto debut with Cubason - consisting of some of Montreal's hottest Latin musicians. Only 24 years old, Barbara has already performed at profile festivals in Cuba, Spain and Montreal. Maracatu Nunca Antes - traditional sounds from Toronto's 20 strong Afro-Brazilian percussion group. New Cuban Generation - this Toronto project blends Afro-Cuban with Jazz, R&B with Latin and Jazz with Classical with original compositions . Aires de Nuestra Tierra - This Toronto Colombian Choral group performs traditional Colombian music from different regions accompanied by guitars and percussion. Mario del Monte Jr., principal instructor of the Cuban Percussion School, teaches a percussion workshop where audiences learn some techniques of different percussion instruments, basic musical terms of Cuban music and how to feel, play and recognize the clave pattern. The workshop teaches appreciation for the creativity of Cuban rhythms and how to recognize instruments. Mario del Monte Jr. a graduate of the National School of Arts in Cuba with extensive experience as a performer and teacher.

DANCE (times and dates below) - Ritmo y Color features the world premiere of Angels of The World. Choreographer Newton Moraes and Indigenous dancers Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza create two new works exploring common themes, traditions, values and ideas. The works, with the first portion in Ritmo y Color and the second at the Planet IndigenUs festival, explores the interplay of two women encountering life in a new environment, sharing their dreams and their despair.

Serafín Aponte  - this celebrated contemporary Mexican dancer/choreographer performs Retratro de Inocencio X. This solo piece is inspired by Velázquez's portrait of Pope Inocencio X, later re-interpreted by Francis Bacon. Aponte takes both images and through observation dances to represent two unique states of being, each presenting a different version of solitude. Serafin Aponte will also improvise dance and dialogue through movement with the musical group Santerías.

Toronto's Yoruba Havana features a rhythmic dance performance by Roberto Torres as well as an Afro Cuban Workshop. Through this drumming and dancing piece, audiences learn of  "The Wemilere", a religious celebration in honor of Orisha Goddess Chango in which all Gods and saints participate showing their powers and abilities through drum performances.


Los Danzaq del Perú - The Tijeras, or "scissors" dance has been part of the Peruvian Andes region's indigenous culture for hundreds of years. This one-on-one competition is a test of strength, agility, imagination and artistry. Each dancer must keep the particular scissors rhythm going while at the same time his moves become increasingly more difficult and acrobatic.

Yoruba Factor - one of Toronto’s youngest and most exciting Afro-Cuban dance companies perform Orishas dances. Betty Colón Salsa workshop teaches Cuban movements. Basic turns are taught and incorporated into dance. The Ritmo Dance Jam! features festival artists joining Pedro Salazar and DanzArte for a celebratory dance jam to end the festival:  features Newton Moraes, Serafín Aponte,  Maracatu, Los Danzaq del Perú, Liliana D’Irrisari, Yoruba Havana and others.

FILM
(times and dates below) - Ritmo y Color in partnership with AluCine Film and Video Festival (A Southern Currents Production) presents a socially-conscious lineup of films from some of Latin America's best emerging directors. Two films are presented in partnership with LAMC and explore historical and contemporary Latin music issues. Richard Montes' riveting documentary Pass de Mic presents first generation Latin artists reflecting about the roots of Latin hip-hop culture; Resistance: Hip Hop In Colombia radically explores how Columbia's finest emcees, DJs and breakdancers feel about the situation in their homeland. The AluCine Film and Video Festival also presents 12 exceptional films throughout the Ritmo y Color weekend including award-winning documentaries Choropampa, El Precio Del Oro Choropampa (Chorompampa and The Price of Gold) as well as an exclusive screening of the 2003 Cannes Jury Fiction Prize-winning surreal short film L’Homme Sans Tête (The Man Without a Head) from director Juan Solanas. American director Leon Ichaso's drama, Piñero, tells the story of the Latino poet-playwright/actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized the basis for the rap and hip-hop movements.

LITERARY (dates and times below):

Alter-latino - New Sounds, New Voices: An evening of language and music presented by AlucinArte Arts Festival. This mixed program includes musical and spoken word performances by artists such as Zulema Clas, Michelin Calvert, Juana Awad, Spin, Ruben Esguerra, Edgardo Moreno and Amanda Martinez.

Peña Literaria Bajo Las Estrellas (Peña under the Stars): Featured performers Beatríz Hausner and Ramón Pacheco are followed by an open mic call for poetas and escritores. Musical performance by Amanda Martínez. Co-hosted by María Angélica Enríquez and Amanda Martínez.

THEATRE (dates and times below):

**Muiraquita - This Toronto capoeira group presents scenes from their upcoming play Capoeira: Journey of a Thousand Faces. Journey into the rich mythological world of a Brazilian art form that has spanned centuries. The voyage begins in the Amazon forest and continues in the plantations of colonial Brazil. It then spills into the dangerous streets of eighteenth century Rio De Janeiro finally to fall under the artful gaze of the Orixas, the Afro-Brazilian gods of the port city Salvador de Bahia.

Play reading: Extraño Juguete (Strange Toy) - Susana Torres Medina (en Español). Directed by Mario Tenorio.
"They are playing a game. They are playing they play a game. If I let them know that I see they are playing, I will break the rules and I’ll be punished. I must follow their game of not seeing that I see the game.“ (R. D. Laing)

Play reading: Three Fingered Jack & the Legend of Joaquin Murieta by Marilo Nunez (in English).
In July of 1853, in the grip of the Gold Rush fever, a vigilante posse ambush and murder a Chilean outlaw known as the Robin Hood of the Gold Rush. Murieta’s closest companion, Three Fingered Jack, witnesses the execution. The play follows Three Fingered Jack on his quest to avenge the crime and retrieve the head of his companion. A series of monologues and stylized scenes tell of a man done wrong, a ravaged wife, and a brother killed, all in the name of greed.

VISUAL ARTS (dates and times below):

** Lotería – This installation includes large prints of cards from the Mexican game of Lotteria (a form of Bingo) as well as music and dance. The game will be played five times throughout the weekend with participants from the audience Performance and installation by Alec Dempster, a Canadian raised in Mexico, and his wife and partner Kaliselene Niño Mendoza.

Photo Op! - Reflecting the festival theme of Past/Forward, Photo Op! is an open photo call for Latin American and Brazilian photographers, as well as photographers who explore those cultures through photography. Prize courtesy of Boulevard Cafe.

FAMILY (date and time below):

The Comparsa (activity for children/niños): The Comparsa is the part of a carnival which is danced and played with a specific theme. La Comparsita de Ritmo y Color is a project that involves masks, instruments and ribbons to create a burst of  movements and colored sounds. The first two hours of the project will concentrate on making and developing crafts and in the last hour the movements will be sculpted into a series of choreographed movements around the Harbourfront Centre.

FOOD DEMOS (times and dates below):
Chilean María Angélica Enríquez prepares Pastel de Choclo (Corn Pie) accompanied by traditional dances from Grupo Chile. Mario Cassini from Caju Restaurant prepares Feijão Tropeiro accompanied by Maracatu Nunca Antes. Rosa Sanchez from Peru prepares Escabeche de Pollo accompanied by Loz Danzaq del Perú. Javier Martinez prepares the traditional Tamales accompanied by Aires de Nuestra Tierra Colombian choral group.

Upcoming Latin performances at the Stella Artois Hot & Spicy Food Festival: The Island Soul Edition
    Cibelle (Brazil) - July 30 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) and Daúde (Brazil) - August 1 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
Watch for Latin American artists featured during the weeeked of July 30 through August 2 as two of Brazil's acclaimed new vocalists make Toronto debuts. Cibelle has captured international attention since appearing on Suba's classic downtempo gem Sao Paulo Confessions. Her current self-titled solo debut showcases her songwriting and vocal talents pulsating through Bossa Nova, Samba, Jazz and downtempo electronica with beats by Brazilian producer Apollo 9. Daúde is also a new Brazilian vocalist enjoying international success for blending Afro-Brazilian rhythms with electronic beats. Since 1997 she has toured through Europe and the United States while releasing four albums. Both concerts are free admission.


    Ritmo y Color: A Latin American Arts Festival
    Complete Event Listings - July 16 to July 18


    Friday July 16
Music - July 16 (7:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Aires de Nuestra Tierra
Music - July 16 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Yousy Barbara (Cuba/Montreal)
Dance - July 16 (9 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Betty Colón Salsa Workshop
Dance - July 16 (9 p.m.), July 17 (7:30 p.m.) and July 18 (6 p.m.) - Studio Theatre
Angels of The World (featuring Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza with choreography by Newton Moraes)
Music - July 16 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela)
LAMC Music - July 16 (11 p.m.- Brigantine Room -$5) - LAMC Battle of the Bands "La Gran Lucha
    Saturday July 17
LAMC Panel - July 17 (noon - Brigantine Room) - Q&A with Los Lobos' Steve Berlin (hosted by Richard Crouse)
** Theatre - July 17 (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - MuiraquitaCapoeira: Journey of a 1000 Faces” (with workshop)
Dance - July 17 & 18 (1:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) - Retratro de Inocencio X featuring Serafín Aponte (Mexico)
Music - July 17 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Santerías with dance improvisation by Serafín Aponte (3 p.m.)
Theatre - July 17 ( 2 p.m. - The Loft) -  Play reading (en Español) of Extraño Juguete (Strange Toy)
LAMC Panel - July 17 (2:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - LA to the MC
Food - July 17 (3 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Chilean María Angélica Enríquez prepares
Pastel de Choclo (Corn Pie)
accompanied by traditional dances from Grupo Chile
Music - July 17 (3:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Maracatu Nunca Antes (Toronto)
Dance - July 17 (4:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Yoruba Factor
Food - July 17 (5:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Mario Cassini from Caju Restaurant prepares
Feijão Tropeiro accompanied by Maracatu Nunca Antes
Theatre - July 17 (5:30 p.m.- The Loft) - Play reading (English) of
Three Fingered Jack & the Legend of Joaquin Murieta

Dance - July 17 (6:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Los Danzaq del Perú
Literary - July 17 (7:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Peña Literaria Bajo Las Estrellas (Peña under the Stars)
Music - July 17 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Plena Libre (Puerto Rico)
Music - July 17 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Los Lobos (Los Angeles)
Literary - July 17 (11 p.m.- Lakeside Terrace) - Alter-latino - New Sounds, New Voices
LAMC Music - July 17 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room- $5) - MRP Music Group showcase with Fito Blanko
    Sunday July 18
Music -
July 18 (1:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - New Cuban Generation (Toronto)

Dance - July 18 (2:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) -Yoruba Havana (Roberto Torres performance, Afro-Cuban Workshop)
LAMC Panel - July 18 (2:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Q&A with KEMO (from the Delinquent Habits)
Music - July 18 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Mandinga (Montreal)
Music - July 18 (12:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Percussion Workshop by Cuban Percussion School
Food - July 18 (3:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Rosa Sanchez
from Peru prepares Escabeche de Pollo accompanied by Los Danzaq del Perú
** Theatre - July 18 (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - MuiraquitaCapoeira: Journey of a 1000 Faces
Music - July 18 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Azúcar Negra (Cuba)
LAMC Panel - July 18 (4:30 p.m.- Brigantine Room) - Alterlatino en el Mundo-Global Impacts
Food - July 18 (5:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Javier Martinez
prepares traditional Tamales accompanied by Aires de Nuestra Tierra
Dance - July 18 (6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Ritmo Dance Jam! - Festival finale featuring Pedro Salazar and DanzArte with artists Newton Moraes, Serafín Aponte,  Maracatu, Los Danzaq del Perú, Liliana D’Irrisari, Yoruba Havana and others.
** Note:  These events explore the concept of cultural collisions
    Events occurring all weekend - Film:
Film -  (July 16, 17, 18) - AluCine Film and Video Festival (A Southern Currents Production) presents:
July 16 (7 p.m.) Choropampa, El Precio Del Oro Choropampa (Chorompampa, The Price of Gold - Canada/Peru)
July 17 (4:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Resistance: Hip Hop In Colombia (UK/Colombia) - presented with LAMC
July 17 (5 p.m.- Studio Theatre) AluCine Film and Video Festival short film program presents:
L’Homme Sans Tête (The Man Without a Head) (France); O Arco e A Lira (The Bow and The Lyre) (Brazil); Ricardo against Ricardo (Canada); Ligerita (Light) (Mexico); Tempo de Ira (Wrath Times) (Brazil); Hasta los Huesos/ (Down to the Bones) (Mexico); Cycle (Canada/Colombia); Serie Inmoviles (Immobile Series) (Colombia); Cows (Canada/Argentina); A Través de Tus Ojos (Through Your Eyes) (Canada/Argentina); Papi (Canada/Venezuela)
July 18 (1 p.m. - Brigantine Room) Pass de Mic (USA) - presented with LAMC
July 18 (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Piñero (USA)
    Events occurring all weekend:
Visual Arts  - Marilyn Brewer Community Space - July 16 to 18
** Loteria exhibit (July 16- 7 to 9:30 p.m., July 17- 1 to 9 p.m., July 18- 1 to 7 p.m.)
** Loteria performances (July 16- 7:30 p.m., July 17- 3 and 5 p.m., July 18- 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.)
Visual Arts - Marilyn Brewer Community Space - July 16 to 18
Photo Op! (July 16- 6 to 10 p.m., July 17- 1 to 9 p.m., July 18- 1 to 7 p.m.)
Families - The Comparsa (activity for children/niñas - Sponsor Tent) - July 17 (1 to 5 p.m.), July 18 (1 to 5 p.m.)


All Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com 
 
Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
Hi-res jpegs, discipline overviews and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php
 
Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com  
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