| April 25-29, 2024
la convivencia is an artist-fueled, intergenerational exchange of movement-based performing artists who self-identify as Puertorriqueñxs, having ancestry in the archipelago and living in Puerto Rico (Borikén) or in los Estados Unidos (Turtle Island). la convivencia in MANCC (convivencia: roughly translates to “living together”) will be exactly that, spending time together, something that doesn’t happen enough with institutional and creative support. Part of our colonial history and legacy is one of dispossession and separation, and sometimes alienation from one another. There are not many opportunities for us to be in communion—on the island, off the island, straddling the diaspora—and our intention is that this gathering will lead to more convivencias, seeding fresh ways of being, imagining, and activating together.
la convivencia is a call to congregate, to support one another, to share practices, and grapple with making work inside the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It is three days of exchange, of scoring, improvising, and dancing, intermixed with meals and conversations.
We chose MANCC for this initial conversation because of Florida’s relation to the Caribbean. It is part of the Caribbean and home to many in the diaspora and yet, MANCC, has not yet been a part of these necessary conversations. We welcome this start.
Yanira Castro Negroni, nibia pastrana santiago and a group of artists to be announced are kicking off and organizing this convivencia.