Commissioned, developed and produced by Nightswimming
Oct. 14 @ 10.15pm
Carmen Aguirre leads a public Latin American dance lesson, woven together with hilarious and moving stories of her own experiences in the hidden world of dancehalls in Canada. DJ Don Pedro Chamale creates an irresistible musical environment to get even the most reluctant dancer up on their feet! Daring, sexy and above all – fun, each dance lesson flows into Carmen’s stories of intimacy, politics, culture and the forgotten origins of each dance. Gather together to listen, move and be moved. No dance experience necessary!
Cast & Credits
About The Artist
Carmen Aguirre is an author, actor, and playwright. She has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne, in which she explores exile and internalized racism through the eyes of an eight-year-old girl, The Refugee Hotel, about the first batch of Chilean refugees to arrive at a Vancouver hotel in 1974, The Trigger, about a violent childhood rape, Blue Box, which interweaves two stories, one about being hunted by the secret police when she was in the Chilean resistance, and the other about chasing an unavailable man, and adaptations for the stage of Eduardo Galeano’s, Jorge Amado’s, and Julio Cortazar’s work.
Carmen’s first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter received rave reviews on the international stage, won CBC Canada Reads in 2012, was nominated for several national and international awards, and is a #1 national bestseller.
Carmen’s second memoir, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution, a sequel to the first, in which she explores healing from PTSD has already landed on the Globe and Mail’s, The Ottawa Citizen’s, Quill & Quire’s, and 49th Shelf’s most anticipated books of 2016 lists.