FLAMBOYAN explores the emotional and physical sacrifices imposed on girls in order to come into womanhood. This story is woven through poetry and ritual using Puerto Rican traditions of brujeria, santeria, and a connection to spirits. Using the body as tool, instrument, and temple, the artists hope to engage audience with a confrontation of pain in growth, forgiveness, and hate. Who do we honor in our lives? Who do we condemn? And, most importantly, what do we choose to do for who? A vulnerable piece that taps into personal pains, FLAMBOYAN is in relationship with Borinquen and the women who hold Borinquen in this installation.
A portion of the proceeds for these performances will go directly to Hurricane Maria relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Both artists have been personally affected by the hurricane and dedicate FLAMBOYAN to their families, their island, and their people.
Jordan Elizabeth Reed is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Theater and a certificate in Multicultural Theater. Seeing herself as a theater-maker, rather than fulfilling one specific role, she engages in various forms of theater-making through performance, writing, devising, costuming/design, production, and dramaturgy.
Irisdelia Marie Garcia is a student finishing her last year at Amherst College and will be finishing with a degree in English with a concentration in Digital Humanities. She is also doing a certificate in Multicultural Theater. Her thesis explores Puerto Rican identity, embodiment, and colonization through poetry, virtual reality, and deconstructing the digital. She is a renowned poet, performance artist, and dramaturg in both the Pioneer Valley and NYC.