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International Connections: 50 Years of SRBCC

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Chicago's Bomba con Buya and Barcelona's all-female Mancha e Plátano share the stage with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

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In the context of MacArthur's International Connections Program, SRBCC presents Bomba con Buya, Mancha e Plátano and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre sharing the stage for the first time.

About the MacArthur International Connections Fund

The International Connections Fund (ICF) was established in 2008 with the goal of helping Chicago nonprofit organizations advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad. These projects have enabled Chicago artists, audiences, and arts and culture organizations to participate in international exchanges with counterparts from 63 different countries on six continents. Bomba con Buya (Chicago) and Mancha e Plátano (Barcelona) are part of the second SRBCC-produced International Connections Project since 2017.

Bomba con Buya

Bomba con Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among the island's African descendants, bomba is Puerto Rico's oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, and the group strives to embody this idea. Bomba con Buya released Buya Live in 2015 and Southern Sessions in 2019.

Mancha E' Plátano

Mancha ‘E Plátano is a percussion, song, poetry and dance group focused on Bomba. Their repertoire varies between traditional songs and poetry, compositions by contemporary artists, as well as original songs. Dancing is a key element that accompanies the experience of each concert, where the bailadora invites those who feel drawn to the rhythms of the Bomba to participate. Mancha ‘E Plátano has performed in various venues, including the Jamboree, the Marula Café and the Diobar. Past performances include: Gràcia, Poble Sec, Sants, and 8M Barcelona 2020.

Special Guests: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

With an intense focus on personal narratives, the combined talents of its diverse collective of artists, and the multiple artistic languages with which they communicate, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre engages audiences in magnetic human stories at once new & deeply familiar.

Cerqua Rivera will perform a 35-minute piece including content from their newest original work: Shiver, Culture Loop, and ROOT.

Producer: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is the longest-standing Latino cultural center in Chicago. Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, a Puerto Rican patriot and member of a secret abolitionist society that freed slave children under Spanish rule. In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage.

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Organizer Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is a community-based nonprofit organization serving the neighborhood of Hermosa located in Chicago’s northwest side. SRBCC is the longest-standing Puerto Rican cultural center in the city. Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, the Puerto Rican founder of a secret abolitionist society that bought and freed slave children during Spanish colonial rule.

In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, specifically its African heritage.

SRBCC realizes its program philosophy by developing multi-disciplinary programs highlighting the presence of African cultures in Latin America. We utilize dance, music, theater, and other artistic mediums to celebrate Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino cultural traditions.

In 2007 SRBCC completed the purchase of a 13,000 square feet retail and office space in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood. The space, formerly the Karlov Theater, was built in 1925 and includes five retail spaces, two apartments, and a theatre area. SRBCC is proud to announce the completion of stage one of a capital campaign. The funds raised were used for the rehabilitation of the retail areas and the conversion of the former theater into a multipurpose arts space. 

 Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and After School Matters partner to offer paid apprenticeships to teens (ages 14-18) to learn Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba and Music Video Production. We also offer weekly and monthly percussion classes, live music events, and community workshops.

 SRBCC evolved from a community arts project developed by Association House of Chicago and community activists of the Latin American Defense Organization (LADO). These organizations supported the economic and democratic rights of the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Chicago, focusing on the areas of civic involvement, citizenship, cultural identity, public education, health, safety and security, housing, and economic opportunity.

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