We Have Iré
Written by Paul S. Flores / Developed with and Directed by Rosalba Rolón
Original Musical Composition by Yosvany Terry
Choreography by Ramón Ramos
Sound Design by Dj Leydis
Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Co-Produced by Pregones/Puerto Rican Travelling Theater
Blessings. Good Fortune. Balance. Destiny. Iré comes from Lucumí, a language and religion in Cuba derived from Africa. WE HAVE IRÉ tells the true stories of Black Caribbean Spanish speaking immigrants living in the United States, and their influence on and experience with American culture. A poet, a musician, a dancer, a DJ. All are Cuban. WE HAVE IRÉ is a bilingual musical play about their inspiring, difficult yet triumphal journeys from Cuba’s countryside to the big city, to the United States, and back. A 12-piece ensemble brings these true stories to life through a vibrant performance of Afro-Caribbean music, contemporary dance, spoken word, storytelling, and Jazz. Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Co-Produced by Pregones Theater in New York City, “We Have Iré” features the performances of Grammy Nominated jazz musician and composer, Yosvany Terry and his quartet, award winning choreographer and dancer Ramon Ramos Alayo, Oakland based hip-hop artist DJ Leydis, who is the first Afro-Cuban female DJ to play at the White House, as well as the bilingual spoken word performance of Youth Speaks co-founder Paul S. Flores. Directed by Rosalba Rolón of Pregones Theater with videography from filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, "We Have Iré" looks at the challenges of being an immigrant artist and the triumph of establishing one’s voice in a new country.
WE HAVE IRÉ premiered May 2019 at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco, CA. Co-commissioned by six Arts organizations including Pregones Theater, GALA Hispanic Theater, Miami Light Project, MACLA, MECA- Houston and the National Performance Network, WE HAVE IRÉ will be on a National tour 2019-2020. Funders include The MAP Fund, Creative Capital, Creative Work Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, The Center for Cultural Innovation and The National Endowment for the Arts. To support the development, production and tour of WE HAVE IRÉ please visit www.patreon.com/PaulSFlores.
Run Time: 80 minutes with no intermission, in Spanish and English with English Supertitles