While the independent arts movement in Puerto Rico continues to grow, especially in the fields of literature, visuals and music, other art forms like performance and theater are also coming out to provide entertainment and social commentary on the island’s current political and socioeconomic status. Among the many presentations to balance these elements is CiRcO dE La pLaZa, which has been celebrated mainly in Mayagüez for the past four years. Mainly organized by members of the Vueltabajo Sitio collective, CiRcO dE La pLaZa has been known to be a series of events that bring together the community while providing entertainment, education and political commentary, and this year’s closure was no stranger to that.
Starting the event by walking from Taller Libertá towards the public plaza in Mayagüez, this year’s closure consisted of all sorts of puppets, dancers, musicians and performers. Among the many activities presented in the event were songs that inspired audience members to participate, storytelling for both pure entertainment and political commentary, music, spoken word poetry, acrobatics and theater performances which encouraged all sorts of participation and thinking.
Like in the previous seasons, CiRcO dE La pLaZa’s commitment to their community continues to stay alive and well. The group of performers still manage to entertain and inform their audiences with a variety of presentations that feature a wide variety of art forms from literature and visuals to performance and music making it a great place for people to gather around and connect while being entertained, informed and, probably, inspired
All of the pictures in this article were taken by Fernando E. E. Correa Gonzalez
As part of their efforts to support the artistic community at large, Mayaguez’s Off The Wall these past few months has been providing a space for painters and other visual artists each Tuesday. In the weekly event adequately named “mARTES,” artists are given the opportunity to display their skills while making an original design that takes into consideration the location and the classic Volkswagen bus. Among the many who have stepped into the spot to put their work out there have been Marisely “Sely” Lugo, Jose Julian Rivera, Eva Ortiz and Paula Zoe Acosta. Recently, young artist and designer Karla Heloise took the stage to bring her own vision into the project.
(promo for the event by Derick Joel)
It was a regular Tuesday night and members of the young community in Mayaguez had recently finished the first summer session offered by the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez allowing them to enjoy the remaining days of the season. As Off The Wall’s doors maintained open for the people, Karla Heloise had some of her work in display as she started to paint live. Later, as the night progressed fueled by a very varied playlist of music, friends and audience quickly arrived to her side to admire and question her work. At one point, it seemed like it would become too hard for her to focus. However, it was good to see so much support for a young up-and-coming artist.
(works by Heloise and the artist at work, pictures by Fernando E. E. Correa Gonzalez)
(Heloise's contribution, picture provided by the artist)
Though a spot like Off The Wall might be a little difficult for artists to completely focus on their work due to the amount of people that might interfere them, it is still a great location for young up-and-comers to present their work. Last Tuesday July 10th, 2018 was another night for a young artist, in this case Karla Heloise, to put her work in display while also showing part of her creative process. Hopefully, places like Off The Wall in Mayaguez continue to provide a space for artists to work on new creations and forms of expression while interacting with the audience at large.
Fernando E. E. Correa González is the author behind over 20 self-published poetry books. He has been published by literary magazines & journals [Id]entidad, El Vicio del Tintero, Sábanas Magazine, Smaeralit, The Occulum and Tonguas. Other than writing, Correa is also a filmmaker, photographer and master’s student. He currently lives in his native Puerto Rico.