Lives of the New Kind of Saints: A geo-located theater/music/sound piece in seven locations in Battery Park, New York City. Created to center energy and intentions for justice, social harmony, equality and shared humanity.
Designed to live up to and including Election Day, November 3, 2020, also the Feast Day for San Martín de Porres, the saint of work for inter-racial harmony & justice.
Selected by the USITT PQ23 jury and curators to be featured in the USITT Prague Quadrennial 2023 National Exhibit and competition (USA).
Originally commissioned by INTAR Latino Theater (NYC) and The Radio Drama Network
Music/Sound/Original Concept_Cristian Amigo
Orisha Santos Sculptures/Images_Jorge Luis Rodriguez
Musicians_JD Parran, Cristian Amigo, Henry Webster, Guillermo Cardenas, Cuco Pacha Kuti. Actors_Carlos Ibarra, Desiree Pinol, Michael Leon, Ashley Alvarez, Yadira De La Riva, Jacqueline Guillen, Daniela Thome, Stephanie Chloe Hepner, Benjamin Manno, Camila Pérez Producers_Lou Moreno, Paul Slee Rodriguez, Alejandra Maldonado Costumes_Harry Nadal Stage manager_Amanda C.Lopez Photos/Video_Mike Shane --- YouTube Audio for Event: https://youtu.be/z_mOTw0c89Y
All original audio/text/image content. OHM Sound_copyright 2020-2023
I am deeply grateful to the many beautiful people and organizations who contributed their time, energy, and creativity to the realization of this piece in the world. - C. Amigo -- NOTES:
Written for ten to twenty-four voices/actors: 7 Saints, 7 Orishas, 7 Archangels, 3 Guardian Angels. The actor’s lines will be written in threes, but one actor could read all three lines. Recorded sound will be a sound enhancement to the live action by the actor(s) present.
Each circle will have 1-3actors: an Orisha, a Saint and an Archangel.
If there is only one actor per circle, then that person will personify all three characteristics—Orisha, Saint, Angel. Ideally there will be 7 circles. And the “set” may be a large tarot card for each circle, and the “costumes” will reflect either an orisha, a saint or an archangel—or all three in one.
All of it should look simple, elegant, but perhaps homemade.
1-3 Guardian ANGELS can walk around the audience and the circles and help with questions, getting people signed in, etc. I imagine this person dressed like San Martín de Porres or perhaps with black to light brown wings—a spectrum/kaleidoscope of color.
Tune IN info is posted on Large Tarot Cards featuring different symbols for each circle. Circle One features the Magician on one side and instructions on the other which could be a QR code on the sign so people can point at the card and get connected to the Echoes App. Or the YouTube streaming of the sound? There can also be a fixed placard at the center of Circle One with all the instructions.
(Notes on Prologue: Eleggua opens and closes the path to mankind. He rules the crossroads. One prays…
This circle honors Obatalá. Obatalá is the eldest of the Orishas, the creator of all mankind, called…
This circle honors Changó (or Shango). Changó is a king. He is synonymous with justice. He uses ligh…
This circle honors Oyá (Ollá). She has fierce female warrior energy, eases communication between the…
This circle honors Oshún. Oshún is the goddess of love and abundance. She will heal hurt with love a…
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