Queens Theatre in the Park Presents the CHASE 2010 Latino Cultural Festival

July 29th – August 8th

Queens Theatre in the Park announces the Chase
2010 Latino Cultural Festival, which will take place from July 29 to August 8
at Queens Theatre in the Park.  This is the 14th year of the
festival, which will feature 13 events including music, dance, comedy, spoken
word, film, and family-friendly performances, such as a concert by Leon
Gieco,
a pop-folk musician who has been called the Argentine Bob Dylan; Carlos
Varela,
one of Cuba's most talented and emblematic artists; Colombia folk
musician Jorge Velosa, who will perform his creation, a new musical
style called carranguero music; and singer Susana Baca, who has been
instrumental in the international popularity of Afro-Peruvian music.  This
year's participants hail from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador,
Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela.

  

"The Chase Latino Festival is the Theatre's
signature program. It represents everything our Theatre strives to be in terms
of reflecting and celebrating the cultural legacies of the communities living
in our Borough, and inviting international, national and local artists to
showcase their work at our venue. Despite the severity of the economic
situation, this Festival continues to flourish, due in large part to its many
supporters and sponsors, and of course, the curatorial vision of the Festival's
artistic director, Claudia Norman, who has brought over 200 companies and
artists to perform at the Festival since its inception in 1997," said
Jeffrey Rosenstock, Executive Director of Queens Theatre in the Park.

 

 Here are some highlights of the Festival:

 

Saturday,
July 31, 2010 at 2pm

Pistolera
(Moona Luna) /
Family
Performance
(New
York)

Moona Luna is the new musical project brought to you by
the Latin-Alternative group Pistolera. Inspired by the birth of her first
child-during the making of the last album-Pistolera's lead singer and
songwriter Sandra Velasquez now brings us family-friendly songs in Spanish and
English that continue the band's tradition of positive messages and toe-tapping
beats. Fans of all ages have already enjoyed Pistolera's music; Moona Luna
continues the party with songs that are educational and inspiring to girls and
boys–and their parents!–everywhere. Moona Luna is the first female-led bilingual
band of its kind, but most of all, it's fun, fun, fun! A bailar!

Tickets
FREE

  

Sunday,
August 1, 2010 at 7pm

Tango
y Vida /
Dance (Argentina/New York)

Tickets
$35 day of, $30 advance, $28 multi-show

Six dancers, seven musicians, a singer and an actor
present the tango live on stage.  In a seductive revue that is Tango y
Vida, Tango and Life, these international artists embody the heat , the energy,
the controlled abandon that is the Argentine Tango.  A truly
multi-cultural experience.

Tickets
$35 at door, $30 advance, $28 multi-show

 

Tuesday,
August 3, 2010 at 7:30pm

Alejandro
Caceres Dance Company /
Dance
(Chile)

For this year's commissioned dance piece, a co-commission
and co-presentation with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, contemporary
choreographer Alejandro Cáceres was born on January 13th, 1968 in Santiago de
Chile.  His work has been characterized for establishing collaborations
with other artists and for the mixture of the different disciplines he has
studied, such as theater, dance, music and martial art.

Tickets
FREE

  

Wednesday,
August 4, 2010 at 8pm

Los
Chantas Tango Quartet

/ Milonga-Dance (New York)

Los Chantas Tango Quartet, in collaboration with the
dancers Jennifer Wesnousky and Daniel Raphael, will be performing this night of
milonga that, by definition, is a tango dance party. This form of social dance
was born in Buenos Aires and has become extremely popular in New York City and
around the world. During a milonga three to five songs are played in a row
followed by a short musical break to give dancers a chance to find new
partners. Wesnosky and Raphael (very well know tango instructors), will be
giving a "fast course" for audiences dancing tango for the first
time.  Los Chantas Tango Quartet is a multinational tango ensemble
based in New York City. Their repertoire draws from the great Argentine tango
tradition from the guardia vieja to the present. The group has been playing in
milongas, clubs, theaters, and other venues in and around New York since its
inception in 2002.

Tickets
FREE

 

Thursday,
August 5, 2010 at 8pm

Leon
Gieco /
Concert (Argentina) with opening act Claudia
Acuña / Aquiles Baez y Lucia Pulido

Leon
Gieco i
s a pop-folk music composer and interpreter known for mixing
popular folkloric genres with Argentine rock, and for lyrics with social and
political connotations. This has led to him being called the Argentine Bob
Dylan.

Tickets
$25 at door, $20 advance, $18 multi-show

 

Friday,
August 6, 2010 at 8pm

Carlos
Varela /
Concert (Cuba)

Cuban singer/songwriter Carlos Varela is considered one
of the most talented and emblematic Cuban artists of his generation. Born in
Havana on April 11, 1963, he began his music career playing the drums in his
school's rock band and composing his first songs. He soon joined the Nueva
Trova movement of Cuban singer songwriters and began performing in theaters and
small venues in Havana and other cities throughout Cuba.  This marks the
first time in eight years that the festival will present artists traveling from
Cuba.

Tickets
$30 at door, $25 advance, $23 multi-show

 

Saturday,
August 7, 2010 at 8pm

Jorge
Velosa /
Concert (Colombia)

Jorge Velosa
is a Colombian folk music composer. His music is from the Andean region of the
country, but its influence is felt throughout the nation. Velosa created a new
musical style called carranguero music, which represents the dreams and hopes,
words, and soul of popular art.

Sunday,
August 8, 2010 at 7:30pm

 

Susana
Baca /
Concert (Peru)

Susana
Baca
is a
prominent Peruvian singer of Afro-Peruvian descent. She has been a key figure
in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music within Peru (see, for example, dancers
from the Perú Negro troupe, as well as "Festejo" music), which, like
the culture that produced it, had previously been little recognized, but which
is now regarded as an important part of Peruvian culture. Baca has contributed
much to its international popularity, which began in 1995 with the release of
the compilation CD The Soul of Black Peru. The album, which features the
Baca song "Maria Lando", was released by the Luaka Bop record label,
which belongs to ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

Tickets
$30 at door, $25 advance, $23 multi-show

 

 

Tickets are available:

* Online at www.queenstheatre.org.

* By phone at 718-760-0064, Tue-Sat, 12-6pm.

* In person at Queens Theatre in the Park,
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY.