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Eveoke’s ‘Las Mariposas’ Goes To The Dominican Republic

San Diego Dance Troupe Gets Grant To Tour

Above: Eveoke Dance Theater's studio.

Aired 11/23/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Erika Malone, co-creator of "Las Mariposas" and Eveoke's artistic director.

Jessica Rabanzo-Flores, lead dancer playing Minerva in "Las Mariposas."

Transcript

San Diego's Eveoke Dance Theater will be bringing it's production "Las Mariposas" to the Dominican Republic this week. Artistic director and co-creator Erika Malone and lead dancer Jessica Rabanzo-Flores join us in studio to discuss the tour.

Eveoke Dance Theater adapted "Las Mariposas" from Julia Alvarez’s book "In the Time of the Butterflies." The book and dance production both focus on the Mirabel sisters, 4 Dominican women who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and paid a heavy price for their dissidence. Last year, Eveoke was able to bring Alvarez out to San Diego. The writer was so moved by the production that she started the ball rolling on getting the dance company and it's production to the Dominican Republic. This week the dance troupe leaves for the Dominican with more than a dozen dancers.

Malone, who co-created "Las Mariposas," also serves as Eveoke's artistic director. She describes the company as "social activist theater." She says that is often misunderstood as having a political agenda but that's not what it is.

"Our mission is to cultivate compassionate social action," Malone says, "People often forget compassion in that equation. What goes into that compassion is multiple perspectives, listening to wide range of perspectives and then presenting them to an audience."

Guests:

Erika Malone, co-creator of "Las Mariposas" and Eveoke's artistic director.

Jessica Rabanzo-Flores, lead dancer playing Minerva in "Las Mariposas."

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