Join Cunamacue and Studio Grand for an opening performance to welcome master dancer and teacher, Pierr Padilla Vasquez direct from Perú to the Bay. Pierr will be in Oakland offering free dance intensive workshops on the Afro-Peruvian dance Son de Los Diablos, a street masquerade dance that dates back to times of colonization. This event starts a year long project culminating in a public street performance and procession. This project is made possible in part with the support of CA$H Grant, Akonadi's Beloved Community Fund. Fiscally sponsored by World Arts West. 

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Pierr Padilla Vasquez 

Pierr Padilla Vasquez is a professional dance artist convinced in the power of the arts as a tool for social change. As a child he was exposed to various artistic and cultural manifestations having been born into a family of cultural bearers and masters of Afro-Peruvian folklore, the Vasquez's. He attended the Escuela Nacional Superior de Folklore "Jose Maria Arguedas" (National Superior School of Folklore "Jose Maria Arguedas"). He directs the Festival de la Musica Afroperuana(Afro-Peruvian music festival), and is the director of the artisic association, Colectivo Palenke, as well as directs his own school of Afro-Peruvian folklore, DanzAfro.


Carmen Roman

Carmen Roman is the founder and Artistic Director of Cunamacué, an Oakland based music and dance company whose mission is to promote the continuity of Afro-Peruvian culture representing it not as a point in time but as a living, vibrant and evolving form whose music and dance can be used as a means of expression. Carmen is also researcher her dance research has been published in the African Performance Review. In 2015-2016 she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Dance to Peru where she conducted research on Afro-Peruvian dance through practice, performance and observation in Lima and El Carmen. Carmen’s award-winning dance documentary “Herencia de Un Pueblo (Inheriting a Legacy)” shot in El Carmen, Peru has screened in various cities across the U.S. and internationally in Peru, Tanzania, England, and Germany.


Pedro Rosales

Pedro Rosales is a percussionist and singer who has been playing cajon for over 25 years. He is one of the Bay Area’s premier resources on the cultural traditions of the coast of Peru. Previously, Rosales was the co-director of De Rompe y Raja for 18 years. Currently he directs Proyecto Lando, a band that combines traditional Afro-Peruvian music with elements of jazz and 70's salsa, specially crafted on a two saxophone section. 


DOORS 5:30 PM; SHOW 6:00 PM
$15-25 sliding scale at the door

*No refunds or exchanges permitted*

**Sliding scale is made available to offer options that might make the event more affordable. Seating is general admission. There is no seating preference for the ticket price. Studio Grand is an intimate venue. The experience is great from any seat in the house.**