En Garde Arts presents FANDANGO FOR BUTTERFLIES (AND COYOTES) - Inspired By The True Stories Of Undocumented Immigrants
Fandango For Butterflies (and Coyotes)
An En Garde Arts Production
Directed by José Zayas
Written by Andrea Thome
Music by Sinuhé Padilla
Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, the piece will take the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance.
On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gather in an undisclosed community center in NYC for a fandango. As fear encroaches — fear for family left behind in their home countries, fear for loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to New York, fear of leaving the sanctuary of the community center simply just get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds between the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.
The performances will be in English and Spanish with supertitles, making it fully accessible to Spanish and English-speaking audiences. We’re also partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs who will have a booth at select performances, which will provide both immigrants and allies with resources and actionable steps.
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