A piece for Cuban dissidents, exiles, and descendants using their voice as a catalyst for change and revolution.
Manteca is a multi-media dance theater tribute to the world of dominoes— with a feminist twist. Four women stand in as the game players while the domino table represents Cuban culture at large. It is a physicalized, satirical take aiming to preserve an iconic cultural expression while simultaneously challenging its embedded patriarchal nature.
As Cuban American women Cecilia and Stephanie have always stood at the intersection of two distinct cultures, allowing their cultural identities to deeply influence our artistic endeavors. Coalescing their varying talents, they use the media of dance, writing, photography, and videography to explore ideas surrounding our identities as Latina women. They believe that our bodies are an amalgamation of vast experiences, and that by being multicultural, our creations are the nexus between the personal and the political— whether the intended work is overtly political or not. What began as a partnership to create dance on film has slowly developed into larger proscenium inspired works and site-specific performance art pieces. They are especially interested in movement-based pieces that serve to critique and challenge the notion that creation is monolithic.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.