Seattle Fandango Project workshop

Sat­ur­day, March 2
El Cen­tro de la Raza
2425 16th Ave S
Seat­tle, WA 98144

What is Fan­dango / Que es el Fandango

Fan­dango jaro­cho is a four-hundred-year-old tra­di­tion from Ver­acruz, Mex­ico born from the encounter between Euro­pean, Indige­nous, African, and Arab cul­tures. After being can­on­ized by the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment, El Nuevo Movimiento Jaranero reclaimed the musi­cal cel­e­bra­tion of fan­dango in the 1970’s as a space for com­mu­nity trans­for­ma­tion and empow­er­ment. Over the last twenty years, Chi­cano and Mex­i­can com­mu­ni­ties in the U.S. have engaged with com­mu­ni­ties in Ver­acruz to use fan­dango as a tech­nol­ogy for com­mu­nity build­ing and social jus­tice that tran­scends national borders.

The Seat­tle Fan­dango Project joins this move­ment by using the fan­dango to build and trans­form com­mu­nity. As a tech­nol­ogy (in the ana­log), fan­dango con­tains pro­to­cols within dance, music, verse, and par­tic­i­pa­tion that pro­vide new chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­nec­tion, and under­stand­ing. Peo­ple find them­selves through musi­cal inter­ac­tion with oth­ers, and both indi­vid­u­ally and com­mu­nally real­ize new pos­si­bil­i­ties and ways of being. This is con­viven­cia, to con­vene and coex­ist. Once peo­ple leave fan­dango, this new sense of self car­ries over to other parts of their lives.


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Current research project The Multi Dimensions of Blackness: Cultural Hegemony in the US and Abroad I am interested in how the concept of race and identity plays a role in how we perceive difference. Moreover, I would like to investigate how colonial powers such as the United States have shaped ideas of race and identity while maintaining colonial rule abroad. This past summer (2012) I was a participant in the Summer Institute in the Art & Humanities. This opportunity allowed me to explore questions concerning race and representation. Why were my peers studying abroad and returning with the same preconceived notions of developing countries? Why were my college classmates representing people and places in the Global South as underdeveloped, religious radicals, uneducated, disease stricken, and confrontational? These questions have driven my interest in globalization, power, borders, and how a variety of people and institutions located in "the West" represent the Global South.

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