En Garde Arts
Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)
By Andrea Thome
Directed by José Zayas
Music by Sinuhé Padilla
Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America
Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) collects inspiration from interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York City. The piece takes the form of a fandango, a community celebration in which stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance.
On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gathers in an undisclosed community center in New York 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 to get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds among the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.
“The heartfelt and sometimes exquisite Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) stokes empathy, understanding, and righteous ire,” writes a reviewer for Time Out New York. “… Beautifully embodied by a winning ensemble of actor-vocalist-musicians, the characters have dreams and desires that go beyond the difficulties they face. And when they launch into Sinuhé Padilla’s gorgeous Spanish-language folk numbers, the show sings in every sense.”
After the performance and weather permitting, audience members are invited to participate in a short fandango on the Eisenhower Auditorium patio.
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This presentation is part of The Reflection Project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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