Brava and La Peña Cultural Center present
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 AT 7PM
Las Peteneras is the fourth and final installment of La Peña Cultural Center’s concert series examining the role of women in traditional folk music and dance from Latin America and the Caribbean. For this culminating event, La Peña and Brava! for Women in the Arts join forces to present a one-of-a-kind celebration of women in son jarocho music.
In the folk music traditions of Mexico, women are predominantly dancers and less often pregoneros (lead singers), musicians and poets. Taken at first glance, this may seem indicative of inequity and evidence of female submissiveness. But is this really the case?
In Las Peteneras, artistic director María de la Rosa, music director Patricio Hidalgo, and a cast of 12 primarily Bay Area female artists and cultural leaders, explore the different manifestations of feminine archetypes in son jarocho (music, dance and poetry) and examine the role of women in expressing these traditions. In Mexico, “La petenera” manifests as a son in various regions of the country, with lyric poetry that associates “la petenera” with “la sirena” or Siren, a mythical creature described as capable of enchanting people with her bewitching voice. Las Peteneras opens with an enchanting call from the Sirens to explore ancient voices, evoke our primal reaction to deep song and melodic harmonies, and perhaps question our inherent understanding of the female presence in our folkloric traditions.
The period preceding the concert in June will engage the Bay Area community in fandangos, workshops, and panel discussions. More information coming soon!
María de la Rosa, Artistic Director
Patricio Hidalgo, Music Director
Martha Celis De La Rosa
Yaratzé Hidalgo Sandoval
$50 VIP orchestra
Las Peteneras was made possible in part with the support of the National Endowment for the Art’s Art Works grant, Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists grant, National Association for Latino Arts and Culture’s Fund for the Arts, and Dancer's Group’s CA$H grant for individual artists.