Local performance artists and theatre instructors, Nicolas Valdez and Maria A. Ibarra, along with the help of Chicano Theatre legend and Director of Programs of the Guadalupe, Jorge Piña, have teamed up for a fourth year to help create an original and thought-provoking performance for Grupo Animo, and this time, it is entirely online.
“I have always been constantly amazed at the creativity of our instructors and students of our Grupo Animo program, but this year, because of the COVID pandemic, we have been challenged to have classes and rehearsals in a virtual reality online”, said Piña. “Our participants and students have been meeting daily online and working hard to create a special production with a unique title called ‘Grupo Animo QuaranTeen Edition: Burnt Beans, Technical Difficulties and Unfinished Business’, please join us for a wonderful QuaranTEEN performance.”
The performance will be streamed on Facebook and later will be published on Guadalupe Cultural Arts’ YouTube Channel where you can find other original Guadalupe Cultural Arts performances and tutorials.
Emceeing the performance from the historic Guadalupe Theater will be Ibarra and Valdez. Don’t miss it!
GRUPO ANIMO ONLINE CLASSES
What is Grupo Animo? : Grupo Animo is a company consisting of youth from all backgrounds and areas of San Antonio and beyond. Under the guidance and mentorship of professional teaching artist and directors, company members, along with other youth performers from throughout the city make their voice heard with a month of thought provoking, engaging and culturally relevant Teatro.
Mission: Our mission in Grupo Animo is to use Teatro to instill an understanding of the value of culture, creativity, and community. Students are taught to use their talents to express themselves and work cooperatively with others in order to archive a goal. We strive to provide a safe space for our members to feel comfortable no matter what race, sex, economic background, or sexual orientation. Lastly, we understand that through Chicano, Latino, and Native American arts and culture, we can revolutionizes how we imagine the world.
Goal: Our goal at the end of the program is to have taught students, basics of teatro, acting, teamwork, poetry, creative writing, and videography. This will all be showcased at the end of the program with an online performance created by the Grupo Animo Members.