• Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC). Photo courtesy of MAC.

    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC). Photo courtesy of MAC.

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2 May 2013

The ‘MIND THE GAP’: performative-symposium at firstsite on 2 May 2012, will now feature an associated event that will happen simultaneously in Puerto Rico. Artist Awilda-Sterling Duprey will perform her piece ‘Vejigante decrépito’ for both a virtual audience in firstsite, Colchester and a live audience in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Duprey’s performance will be followed by a round table of discussion on current performance art in Puerto Rico including researchers, theorists, philosophers, curators. The conversation will be filmed and available in the future both in the MAC’s archive and in ESCALA’s archive as a donation.

This event is related to 'Coreografía del error, CONDUCTA de Viveca Vázquez' with Taller de Otra Cosa at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico from the 19 - 21 April 2013.

Please note the performance will take place at 10:00am-12:00pm (Time in Puerto Rico) and be broadcast at firstsite at 2:55pm (UK time). 


Av. Juan Ponce de León, esquina Ave. Roberto H. Todd
Parada 18 San Juan, 00910, Puerto Rico
Tel. +1 787-977-4030

About the artist

Awilda Sterling-Duprey is an award-winning Puerto Rican folklorist-choreographer and fine artist whose work is internationally recognized for its ability to profile the everyday lives of those marginalized by society. Recently she has integrated the orixas of Cuban and Puerto Rican Santería into experimental and contemporary aesthetics. She was a founding member of Stomp, the first experimental dance collective in Puerto Rico, and has been a guest artist in Taller de Otra Cosa. She has performed in the United States, the Americas, and Europe. In 2010, she was awarded the United States Artists Fellows grant.


Lilliana Ramos Colladois the Chief Curator of the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art and tenured Professor of art and architecture theory and history at the School of Architecture, in the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus and professor of art and literature for the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. She is also a poet, writer and theorist. She has published Poemas para despabilar cándidos (1981) and Reróticas (1998); cultural commentaries for various professional journals, magazines, catalogues and books; and has directed the Editorial of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and has been senior editor of the magazine ArtPremium, amongst others. Some of her most recent books are: Jean-Michel Basquiat: una antología para Puerto Rico (2006), and Careos/Relevos: 25 años del Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico(2010).

Lowell Fiet currently heads the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and teaches in the English and Drama Departments of the College of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus. He is founding editor of Sargasso and the theatre critic of the weekly newspaper Claridad. His most recent books are El teatro puertorriqueño reimaginado: Notas críticas sobre la creación dramática y el performance (2004) and Caballeros, Vejigantes, Locas y Viejos: Santiago Apóstol y los performeros afro-puertorriqueños (2007).

Rey Emmanuel Andújar is a Dominican writer, and performer who has collaborated and worked in Puerto Rico. He has been researching the connection between body, writing, language and literature. His several fiction works have won various awards such as Candela (Puerto Rican Pen Club Award, Best Novel 2009); Amorcidio (Santo Domingo International Book Fair Fiction Award 2006); Saturnario (Ultramar Short Fiction Literature Prize, New York 2010) and UGDU (Santo Domingo International Book Fair Fiction Award 2011). His performance ‘Ciudadano Cero’ was the inaugural performance of the Puerto Rican International Theatre Festival in 2007. His interdisciplinary work ‘Antípoda’ has been shown in the Caribbean, United States and Europe.

Eduardo Alegría is an actor, performer, dancer and musician. He created postmodern dance and performance pieces both in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in New York, United States during the 1990s. In Puerto Rico, he was the founding member of the music group Superaquello and active member of Taller de Otra Cosa, experimental dance and performance group. He produced on 2011 “Esquina periferia” [Periphery Corner], a theatre-performance and music piece supported by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, from which his current musical project Alegría Rampante was born.

José (Pepe) Álvarez Colón focuses on dance, theatre and performance. He has a BA in Individualized Studies in Dance, Theatre and Multimedia of the University of Puerto Rico and an Interdisciplinary MA in Theatre and the Live Arts of the National University of Colombia. His most recent works are ‘Jardín de Fraudes Lentos’ (presented in Puerto Rico and in the 3rd Encuentro of Theatre and Live Arts of the National University of Colombia 2011-12) and ‘Lengua Me Traba’ (presented in Coribantes Theatre and in the Theatre of the University of Puerto Rico as well as in the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Bogotá 2008-09). He is active member of Taller de Otra Cosa and was founding member of the dance company, Hincapié and Jóvenes del 98 theatre group.

Freddie Mercado is a visual artist, costume designer, and performer, who uses his body to transform himself into the live canvas. His provocative performances have travelled to United States, Latin America and Spain. His everyday appearances in galleries and public spaces are known for their anthropomorphic and gendered transformations on the body. He has designed numerous costumes for artists and dance and theatre companies nationally and internationally. Mercado teaches on the School of Visual Arts of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.

Further speakers to be confirmed. Please keep checking our website or email Marina Barsy Janer at performthegap@gmail.com.



Awilda Sterling Duprey ‘Vejigante decrépito’ performed at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2013 from ESCALA on Vimeo.


MIND THE GAP: Panel Discussion at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Puerto Rico from ESCALA on Vimeo.


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