About the Grant

$25,000 to support Tesoro Escondido (MAP 2012), a new site-specific dance work choreographed by Joanna Haigood.

About the Project

 The South Bronx historic theaters and dance clubs that played a major role in creating the distinctive New York Latin sound have vanished and have since become Duane Reades, Radio Shacks, and the like. In Tesoro Escondido, an interdisciplinary work by site-specific choreographer Joanna Haigood, the back lots of two historic theaters—Hunts Point Palace and the Spooner Theater—will teem with the vibrant spirit and thriving cultural life of their surrounding neighborhood during the mid-twentieth century.
Images of musicians and dancers who populated the venues during the 1940s through 1970s will be projected ontothe buildings’ back walls; mambo dancers will perform on fire escapes and in second-story doorways leading into thin air; and music, dance, and street games will fill the lots—emulating the deep connection between child’s play and artistic creation that fueled neighborhood teenagers to transform into legendary musicians.
Bobby Sanabria will serve as music director, and Bronx-based musicians Dave Valentin, Orlando Marin, Benny Bonilla, and Angel Rodriguez will perform. Haigood is creating Tesoro Escondido in response to oral histories that she will gather from surviving musicians, dancers, and community members who created and participated in the Latin music explosion of the South Bronx. The work will cap The South Bronx Culture Trail (a collaborative two-year initiative produced by Dancing in the Streets and Casita Maria Center for Artsand Education), which includes the creation of a physical and virtual culture trail,and marks the astounding cultural history of the South Bronx.

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