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Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People!

Team Sunshine Performance Corp.

Bienvenidos Blancos

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome! What a plea­sure! Please come in. Theater artist Alex Torra and Team Sunshine Performance Corp. present this Spanish­language, ensemble­devised performance work that examines privilege, exploitation, and the complexities of Cuban American history and cultural identity. Drawing on Torra’s personal experience as a Cuban American, the work “endeavors to make apparent the particularities of a certain corner of the current American landscape—that of the Latino American with one foot in their ethnic heritage and one in a dominantly white culture.” Devised by a collective of Cuban, Cuban American, and Caucasian American performers, the project explores Cuba’s long history of appeasing/revolting against dominantly white nations and eco­nomic forces, including the U.S. The piece showcases how this history has shaped the ways contemporary individuals of Cuban descent understand themselves and their culture.

¡Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People! premiered at FringeArts in spring 2018, and was developed at Teatro Ludi (Havana auditions); Swarthmore Project in Theater, Swarthmore College; Taller Puertorriqueño; and FringeArts. Major support was provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the William J. Cooper Foundation and Swarthmore’s Department of Theater, the Wyncote Foundation, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the Puffin Foundation, as well as the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program.

Master class 1

Master class 2

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, 7 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center, Pearson–Hall Theatre