3rd Annual Loisaida Festival TheaterLab 2016

Anchored at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, the Loisaida Festival Theater Lab presents a wide variety of theatrical presentations ranging from well-established veteran companies, up-and-coming theater troupes to local youth productions in a green family-friendly outdoor environment.

Anchored at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, the Loisaida Festival Theater Lab presents a wide variety of theatrical presentations ranging from well-established veteran companies, up-and-coming theater troupes to local youth productions in a green family-friendly outdoor environment. Presentations are engaging, interactive and captivating. La Plaza Cultural Community Garden serves as a wonderful outdoor venue and provides an alternative from the noise and crowd of the street with diverse performances for all tastes and ages.

Schedule of activities:

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

“DJ Set” – featuring timeless salsa, plena and bomba music.

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

“BombaYo for kids” – A Bomba workshop for all ages by: BombaYo


BombaYo ignites the ancestral rhythms of Bomba, an African derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. The synergy of call and response singing, drumming and dance provide the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the solo drummer and dancer. BombaYo stirs the soul in a way that only music and dance can to uplift and celebrate our deeper humanity.BombaYo creates an intergenerational and participatory experience that honors people of all ages and abilities. In the spirit of Sankofa-looking to your past for a better future, BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives and embrace their cultural legacy.Through workshops, cultural presentations, performances and partnerships, BombaYo engages communities throughout NYC area to raise awareness of Afro Puerto Rican culture and to connect Bomba to the vast traditions of the African Diaspora.

BombaYo has presented and performed to diverse audiences at numerous schools, community based organizations, conferences, concert halls and festivals across NYC and the Tri State region. The group recently presented at Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist program. BombaYo has shared their musical talents with family folk musican, Dan Zanes; and recorded an inspiring rendition of Our Deepest Fear (Marianne Williamson) with Corbin Bleu and Afro Rican jazz artist, William Cepeda on a track from the album Dare To Go Beyond, produced by Revolución Latina. In 2011, BombaYo received the prestigious Union Square Art Award for promoting social change through arts.

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

“Hungry Diasporican” – A poetry performance by Puerto Rican rising poet: Omar Iloy


Puerto Rican artist and poet Omar Iloy Colón grew up between the cities of El Paso, Texas (USA) and Puerto Nuevo, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his studies at the Central School of Visual Arts and in 2006 he joined the theater ensemble TeatRUM at the University of Puerto Rico. It was there where he began his political activism. He has presented his poems at Barco de Papel in a show that blended rhyme, rhythm and performance. The event called “Spoken Word” was swarmed by local young poets attracted by the growing positive feedback that Omar has received in Puerto Rico, who has been described as “one of the more independent, creative and deep emerging voices of the island”

1:30 pm – 1:55 pm

“La Mano / The Hand Lives” – A theatrical workshop performance by: Casa Cruz de la Luna


Casa Cruz de la Luna Theatre with Alejandra Maldonado, Christopher Cancel and Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya

An icon, an All-Powerful-Hand, is born to a Puerto Rican couple and begins to walk the streets of New York in search for faith, freedom and sabor. Migrations, loves, hopes and crimes converge in this fantastical theatrical story. The main plot is framed by images of travelers waiting at a phantasmagorical train station.

1:55 pm – 3:30 pm

MEZCOLANZA – Multi-disciplinary artistic interventions


Mezcolanza is a cultural event which occurs in different spaces of Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico and now returning for the second time to New York City. This cultural platform receives and presents multi-disciplinary pieces, provoking a gathering; a meeting place for creative artists with an interest in the concept of “crossings” as a territory of exposition. Mezcolanza is a varieté which proposes short artistic interventions. A world of hybrids which calls in and activates the herd, opening one more channel for the local and international scenes, betting on the concept of mixture as a sign in which each location it visits, and now joining the folks and movement which is Loisaida.

Invited Artists: Mila Cotto (Stilts, 20 min), Veraalba Santa & Marili Pizarro (Contemporary Dance, 10 min) with collaborators: Kira Davies and Brett Erzinger, Jeanne D Arc Casas & Lio Villahermosa (Flamenco and Bomba, 15 min), Lizbeth Román (Caribbean Bohemia, 40 min)

Read more about the troupe here.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

(TRIO) – featuring Singer/Songwriter Fernandito Ferrer (guitar, voice and looping) Gabo Lugo (percussion) and Meritxell Neddermann (keyboard)


Born on july 27th 1978, Fernando Antonio Ferrer Cruz has been a young pioneer among the new breed of singer-songwriters in Puerto Rico. He first appeared on stage in Lares ’97 and from then on has gotten himself known all around the Island and abroad. Originally from San German, Ferrer draws from the Nueva Trova giants of the ‘70s but has also developed his own language within his work. His percussive guitar technique and impressive vocal abilities together with the good use of subtle yet powerful melody and poetic imagery puts this small-towner’s music in a much wider context. His style is best compared to the works of Tracy Chapman, Annie D’Franco, Antonio Caban Vale, Silvio Rodriguez and Nick Drake. In January ’02 he published his self-produced dedut album “Después de Tanto Tiempo” recorded in Santo Domingo. In it he merged his prior influences as a drummer, his love for jazz and his passion for folk music from around the globe. The end result is a soothing sound that although undeniably latin overcomes all territorial boundaries. Since then he has appeared in several festivals and recordings in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Honduras, the United States, Mexico and Venezuela.

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm

“Nu-Yo-Fu-To” – A poetry performance by renowned Nuyorican poet: Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres explores the timeless concrete jungles of Eco-Nuyo-Futurism, climbing the heads of language gods Jorge Brando and Bimbo Rivas in a performance where improvised poetry, music-& puppetry collide. In collaboration with Casa Mucaro, who construct puppets with waste materials — while the Rude Mechanical Orchestra breathes life into the Loisaida air. Words will fertilize revolutions when improvisations collide…etc

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm

Puppet Pageant – by artist collective Casa Múcaro


Casa Múcaro is a collaborative project on a forested mountaintop near Las Marias, Puerto Rico. They are multidisciplinary artists in pursuit of self-sufficiency for themselves and others, through “the sharing of tools, materials, and know-how.” The collective envisions “termitopia” cities, like termite mounds, in which by means of re-use, or recycling of materials, their citizens understand the benefits of self-managing “waste” generated by their neighborhood and can actively participate in the construction and maintenance of their own city.

You can learn more by visiting their site.

4:40 pm – 5:10 pm

Rude Mechanical Orchestra – will bring big band meets punk to the street!


The Rude Mechanical Orchestra is a 30-odd-piece New York City radical marching band and dance troupe. Through their music and performance, they strive to support people and communities working for social justice. RMO play protests, demonstrations, direct actions, picket lines, marches, benefits and events for good causes. They function as a democratic collective through consensus-based decision-making.

You can learn more by visiting their site.

All presentations to be held at Southwest corner of 9th Street and Ave. C at La Plaza Cultural