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CHICAGO, IL: International Connections - 50 Years of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

CHICAGO, IL: International Connections - 50 Years of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center


Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre


Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639


Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 7:00pm



Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

In the context of MacArthur's International Connections Program, SRBCC presents Bomba con Buya, Mancha e Plátano and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre sharing the stage for the first time.


About the MacArthur International Connections Fund

The International Connections Fund (ICF) was established in 2008 with the goal of helping Chicago nonprofit organizations advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad. These projects have enabled Chicago artists, audiences, and arts and culture organizations to participate in international exchanges with counterparts from 63 different countries on six continents. Bomba con Buya (Chicago) and Mancha e Plátano (Barcelona) are part of the second SRBCC-produced International Connections Project since 2017.

Bomba con Buya

Bomba con Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among the island's African descendants, bomba is Puerto Rico's oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, and the group strives to embody this idea. Bomba con Buya released Buya Live in 2015 and Southern Sessions in 2019.

Mancha E' Plátano

Mancha ‘E Plátano is a percussion, song, poetry and dance group focused on Bomba. Their repertoire varies between traditional songs and poetry, compositions by contemporary artists, as well as original songs. Dancing is a key element that accompanies the experience of each concert, where the bailadora invites those who feel drawn to the rhythms of the Bomba to participate. Mancha ‘E Plátano has performed in various venues, including the Jamboree, the Marula Café and the Diobar. Past performances include: Gràcia, Poble Sec, Sants, and 8M Barcelona 2020.

Special Guests: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

With an intense focus on personal narratives, the combined talents of its diverse collective of artists, and the multiple artistic languages with which they communicate, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre engages audiences in magnetic human stories at once new & deeply familiar.

Cerqua Rivera will perform a 35-minute piece including content from their newest original work: Shiver, Culture Loop, and ROOT.

Producer: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is the longest-standing Latino cultural center in Chicago. Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, a Puerto Rican patriot and member of a secret abolitionist society that freed slave children under Spanish rule. In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage.

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