• INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART 118 South 36th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States

The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and AfroTaino Productions invite you to RESIST/RELEASE,  a celebration of the arrival of the summer season as part of a ongoing Gather series. 

As part of the ongoing Gather series at the Institute of Contemporary Art, AfroTaino Productions and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival invite you to join in a celebration of the arrival of the summer season. This event, RESIST/RELEASE, will be a jam-packed evening of art, dance, film, music, and mucho sabor.

Harnessing the energy of the solstice, we come together to reflect on the histories of Afro-Diasporic resistance and survival throughout the Americas. With every song, every movement, and every story of resistance told, we will build new tomorrows by releasing joy.

RESIST/RELEASE will share stories through artistic expressions: Choreographer Leilani Chirino explores the struggle of the divine feminine via Afro-Cuban deity worship & modern dance. Polyrhythmic messages of Puerto Rican pride are sung and chanted by the folkloric group Los Bomberos de la Calle. A short documentary featuring Otura Roso Mun focuses on his journey from everyday African-American culture to a soulful rebirth in the Yoruba faith of Ifa. Bittersweet melodies of banned Afro-Mexican songs are sung and strummed by the jarana guitar-wielding ensemble Son Revoltura. Moko*Motion enhances self-awareness through the art of stilt-walking, embodying the Afro-Caribbean “jumbies” who will serve as the “spiritual guides” of the gathering. DJ/producer Rahsaan maintains the energy by seaming the performances together with musical selections central to the theme.

This celebratory gathering is for all audiences, but especially for aficionados of Afro-Caribbean folkloric arts and cultural studies, and for those familiar with the resilience of the Afro-Latino legacies born from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

This event is free and open to the public; register at www.icaphila.org.