"El Pueblo de los Olvidados" (The Village of the Forgotten) is a dance-theater performance in the genre of science-fiction, focusing on Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria and the connection to its people. The process of creation of movement also serves as a healing process, with dance serving as movement therapy for PTSD. Through this creation, Antonio and Awilda are able to tell queer Puerto Ricans stories and become inspired by it. Particularly for Antonio, these stories need to be felt through Awilda’s personal connections and experience.
The funds raised would cover Awilda's travel, per diem, as well as honorarium. As important as it is towards Antonio’s work, it is also important for Awilda’s creative practices so she may explore her craft outside of the painful environment of trauma. It is in the hope that Awilda will relax into the creation and feel taken care of in the process.
Through "El Pueblo de los Olvidados," Antonio’s goal is to shift the perspective of dance from an entertainment aspect to a position of healing, particularly towards PTSD. The project is on the mission of letting the audiences know the stories of Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria is still present and we need to continue the conversation. There are amazing Puerto Rican artists, hidden gems that have not been seen and with current conditions may never get the chance. It is up to Antonio and Awilda to shed light on these issues and get people listening.
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