From the Living to the Dead

"Jaunt", a play with Caribbean rhythms, poetry, dance...and chaos

Published on LatinoLA: April 18, 2002

From the Living to the Dead

Jaunt is a story about a woman's transition from the living to the dead.

Angela wakes up after a brutal death at the Gates of Death and meets Sofia, the keeper of the Gates, who informs her that in order to complete her transition into the Afterlife, she must go back to relive her life and take responsibility for herself and the choices she made while she was still living.

Fighting for Angela's soul are the gods of good and evil, Huracan and Ave de Paraiso. In returning to her life, Angela must face an alcoholic, uncaring mother, Tormento, and her loving husband, James.

Bringing the story to life are rich Caribbean rhythms -- rumba, salsa, clave -- all original music by Alberto Mirabal. Lucy Vargas, the writer, born in New York, is of Dominican heritage. The rich Latin dances are choreographed by Marcellina de Luna, a local Flamenco Dancer and Ludo Vika who plays the role of Tormento in the show. The show's artistic personnel as well as the actors are all Latinos from the Caribbean.

Jaunt (A play with Caribbean rhythms, poetry, dance y Chaos!) is Tropical
Illusion Productions' first event. This non-profit organization is dedicated to presenting artistic productions by and with Latino artists from the three Spanish Antillean islands. The combination of African, Spanish, and the now extinct indigenous Taino Indian is in the heritage of the people who come from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

This unique Creole blend creates a culture rich in rhythm that can be found everywhere from salsa and merengue, to the unique manner in which Spanish is spoken. The mission of the organization is to mark the artistic presence of these
people, specifically on the West Coast, with the art and culture and the unique Latin style of the Caribeno.

The show closes April 28, 2002, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.

Gascon Center Theatre
8737 Washington Blvd.
(between LaCienega and Robertson)
Culver City

Reservations: 213. 481. 2176 or JauntTickets@aol.com.

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