Thursday July 23, 2015 – 08:00 PM (Sold Out)
Friday July 24, 2015 – 08:00 PM
Saturday July 25, 2015 – 02:00 PM
Saturday July 25, 2015 – 08:00 PM
Sunday July 26, 2015 – 08:00 PM
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East, Toronto.
On June 15, 1824 20-year-old Cuban revolutionary exile José María Heredia wrote his immortal poem Niágara on the precipice of Niagara Falls. This remarkable event in the history of Cuban-Canadian friendship forms the basis of a play staged July 23 – 26 as part of the Panamania arts and cultural festival at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.
NIÁGARA ~ A Pan-American Story is conceived and directed by acclaimed Canadian producer, director and filmmaker Veronica Tennant, written by Guillermo Verdecchia, and starring René Millán and Paula Rivera. Heredia’s passionate and courageous story explodes onstage in a dramatic fusion of storytelling, imagery and music making NIÁGARA an event not to be missed.
José María Heredia was a man of astonishing courage, who fought for Cuba’s independence from Spanish rule, and opposed slavery and the Spanish Empire’s genocide of Cuba’s indigenous peoples. Exiled in 1824, Heredia passed through Niagara Falls and composed his epic poem studied and cherished to this day by every Cuban and generations of Latin Americans.
NIÁGARA ~ A Pan-American Story fuses dramatic English and Spanish text with a cast of 2 actors, onstage musicians, and a wealth of original Cuban music with its unique African, Spanish and Aboriginal roots.
Heredia’s poem was translated to English by Keith Ellis, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and published in the book José María Heredia and “Niagara Falls.”