Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name M. Ronald and Laia Dans
Email rondans@yahoo.com, laiadans@yahoo.com
Phone 505/216-0882
Address 53 Camerada Rd.
Santa Fe, NM  87508
US
Biographical Info The original plays of Ron Dans and Laia Obregon as Puppet's Revenge are inspired by the old puppet and folkloric theater traditions of Europe as well as the history and folklore of the Southwest. They combine multiple puppet techniques and perform in theater festivals in the Americas and Europe, as well as in African villages. Laia was a theater professor for 25 years at the University of Barcelona.
Program Title THE CONQUISTADOR CONQUERED: The Epic Journey of Estevanico and Cabeza de Baca
 
Program Description The play is based on Cabeza de Vaca's own autobiography. Shipwrecked in Florida, suffering as slaves of native tribes, both of them became shamans. After walking 3,000 miles barefoot, Cabeza de Baca rejoined the world of the Spaniards and became a defender of the native populations of the New World. Estevanico, a black Moorish slave, became a scout for Coronado, and was the first "white" man to enter New Mexico (Hawiku). This play gives another point of view completely opposite to the black legend of la Conquista.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Program Title LADY BLUE'S DREAMS
 
Program Description Lady Blue was a XVII century mystic, visionary nun who bi-located from Agreda, Spain to New Mexico and the Southwest without leaving her cloistered convent. She appeared to the Natives and communicated without words. Both were fascinated by the other. A prolific writer, geographer, and advisor of King Phillip IV, she was twice confronted by the Inquisition. Her myth connects to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Teresa de Avila and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Historians and scholars continue studying Lady Blue for her role in the building of Spanish New Mexico.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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