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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

7:30 pm Thursday, September 30, 2021

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.”

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Adult $42
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $32

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This presentation is part of The Reflection Project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Community Fandango
Fandango de la Comunidad

6:00 pm Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
S. Fraser Street,
between Calder Way and Beaver Avenue,
State College

FREE and open to the public

The cast and creative team of En Garde Arts’ Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) will lead a traditional community celebration in which attendees are invited to participate. The En Garde Arts professionals will guide participants through the steps of the Zapateado, a lively and percussive dance typically performed during Mexican fandangos. During the two-hour event, they will also share the ways in which improvised musical verses are created.

A fandango is a traditional community gathering — originating in Veracruz, Mexico — in which stories are brought to life through music and dance.

In case of inclement weather, the Community Fandango will be canceled. 

The Debra Lee Latta and Dr. Stanley E. Latta Endowment provides support for the Community Fandango.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, September 30, 2021

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Anne Hamburger, En Garde Arts founder and artistic director, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints seating is available on a first-arrival basis.