“EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean”—Performance and Symposium


This is just a reminder that the exhibition “EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” is still on view until March 4, 2018, at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, California. Here are two upcoming events hosted by MoAD: a performance by the Alayo Dance Company (bringing a fusion of Afro-Cuban modern, folkloric and popular Cuban dance) and the symposium “Engage: Beyond Feathers & Glitter.” See more info below:

PERFORMANCE | The Alayo Dance Company: Thursday, February 8, 7:00-8:00pm

Join MoAD for a carnival-inspired performance by Ramón Ramos Alayo and the Alayo Dance Company. Alayo will choreograph a site-specific work in conjunction with the current exhibition En Mas: Carnival and Performance Art in the Caribbean.

In 2002, Ramón Ramos Alayo founded the Alayo Dance Company. As director and choreographer, his work is an innovative fusion of Afro-Cuban modern, folkloric and popular Cuban dance. He eloquently articulates his aesthetic vision through a synthesis of these dance styles, citing from each traditions, movements, narratives and concepts indicative of Cuban culture. 2003 Ramos co-founded and became artistic director of CubaCaribe, a non-profit with the mission to preserve and promote the rich cultural and artistic traditions of the Carribbean and its diaspora. Alayo Dance Company is the resident company of CubaCaribe.

Engage: Beyond Feathers & Glitter: Saturday, February 10, 10:00am – 5:00 pm

Join MoAD for their first annual symposium, ENGAGE: Beyond Feathers & Glitter. The day-long event is an interactive symposium where visitors will have the opportunity to explore Carnival through engaging conversations and hands-on learning interwoven with lively performances. It is our hope that attendees will gain a better understanding of the global influence of Carnival and its greater cultural implications. The symposium is being organized in coordination with the exhibition, En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, on view at MoAD through March 4, 2018.

Admission includes attendance to all events:

Panel Discussions with:
Jacqueline Francis, PhD., Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts
Jovan Scott Lewis, PhD., Assistant Professor of African-American Studies and Geography, UC Berkeley
Jocelyne Guilbault, PhD., Professor of Music Scholarship, UC Berkeley
Kafi Payne, Doctoral candidate in Urban Education and Leadership, UC Berkeley
Lucia Cantero PhD., Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of San Francisco
Mechelle Best, PhD., Associate Professor of Recreation and Tourism Management, Cal State University Northridge

Performances by:
Mas Makers Massive
Rara Tou Limen
Roberto Borrell
Shabang! Steel Drum Band

Film Screening & Discussion with the Director: Play the Devil (2016), written and directed by Maria Govan

Please visit MoAD website for ticket information.

[Above: Ebony G. Patterson, “Invisible Presence: Bling Memories,” performance, April 27, 2014, Kingston, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photograph: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden. Source: http://curatorsintl.org/events/en-mas-at-museum-of-the-african-diaspora.]

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