Peruvian Dance Festival

Photo: Peruvian dancers in traditional dress
A still from the film Soy Andina.

Photograph by David Camacho

Photo: Peruvian traditional dancers

Members of Mamauca perform

Photograph courtesy Mamauca

Sunday, July 17
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dance workshop and demonstration with Mamauca
Free – No tickets required
Experience the joy of Peruvian dance in this fun workshop and demonstration. Members of Mamauca, a Washington-area dance group will teach some basic steps and also demonstrate their best moves. Music provided by Tahuantinsuyo del Inca.

1 – 3 p.m. Soy Andina screening and original dance demonstration
Tickets: Adults: $10; Children: $5
Mitchell Teplitsky’s film Soy Andina tells the story of two women who explorer and affirm their Peruvian identity through dance. NĂ©lida Silva, a performer of Peruvian traditional dance, is an immigrant living in New Jersey when she decides to return to her Andean hometown of Llamellin to host the annual fiesta patronal. Cynthia Paniagua, a native of New York City, travels to Peru on a Fulbright scholarship to study dance and explore her own Peruvian roots. The screening will be followed by a dance demonstration by Cynthia Paniagua, and a conversation with Ms. Paniagua and filmmaker Mitchell Teplitsky.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Danzak screening and Scissor Dance demonstration
Tickets: Adults: $10; Children: $5
Based on a short story by the great Peruvian writer Jose Maria Arguedas (whose centenary is also being celebrated this year), Gabriela Yepes’ short film Danzak tells the story of Nina, a young Peruvian girl whose father, a master of the traditional Andean Scissors Dance, is dying of a respiratory ailment. Her loyalty to her father, who is determined to pass the tradition on to her, causes her to defy her mother. The role of Nina is played by Hellen Sly Sanchez, who is a professional Scissors Dance performer (known as “The Whirlwind of Mayo Luren) in real life. The screening will be followed by a live demonstration of the Scissors Dance.

12 – 3 p.m. Andean music performed by Cesar Villalobos
Free – No tickets required
The leader of the acclaimed Andean contemporary music group Inca Son performs live outdoors on our Courtyard Stage.

Co-presented with the Embassy of Peru.

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