Sarasota Present-day Dance’s ‘Cuban Project’ is eloquent, wrenching

Ora Sawyers

Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, the inventive director of Sarasota Present-day Dance, grew up in Miami’s Hialeah community surrounded by the songs, dance and intense enjoy of her tight-knit Cuban-American household. Both equally of her moms and dads – Jose Miguel Bolaños and Laida Ruiz Bolaños – arrived in this region as young children by means of Operacion Pedro Pan, a program initiated in 1960 by the U.S. Point out Section and the Catholic Welfare Bureau that brought far more than 14,000 unaccompanied minors to the U.S. to steer clear of Communist indoctrination underneath Fidel Castro. 

The ultimate plan of SCD’s period – “Cuban Job: Mi Historia, Tu Historia, y Nuestro Historia (My Tale, Your Tale, Our Tale)” – which debuted at the FSU Theater for the Performing Arts Thursday evening, is devoted to Bolaños Wilmott’s ancestors, who produced the excruciating decision to deliver their little ones to The usa by yourself in hope of supplying them a much better everyday living. As the director states in plan notes, it was the “sacrifice and perseverance” of her grandparents that formed not only her character and vocation, but her determination to honor their tale in this globe premiere.

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