April 8, 1999
Geneva, NY — A Latin American Cultural Extravaganza will be presented by Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Latin American Organization beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, in the Colleges’ Winn-Seeley Gymnasium. The evening will include a special performance by the Bronx dance company, La Santa Luz (the Holy Light); a talk by English professor and author Helena Maria Viramontes; as well as authentic Hispanic food. Tickets are available at The College Store, and general admission is $7 per person.
La Santa Luz Dance Company, formed by Anthony Rodriguez in the Bronx in 1997, combines a kaleidoscope of jazz, ballet, modern, flamenco, African, Latin, and urban styles, while also incorporating the distinctive use of sign language in its performance. The company has earned several impressive gigs. It performed with Marc Anthony and Tito Puente at Madison Square Garden and was invited to dance at a party thrown by Madonna for her friend Ingrid Casseres at the Kit Kat Club. Rodriguez hopes his dancing “inspires and motivates people from all walks of life to live free of inhibitions.”
Viramontes, currently an assistant professor in the Department of English at Cornell University, has won several awards for her fictional writing. Many of the characters in her writings have been inspired by the East Los Angeles, California community where she grew up. She is the author of Under The Feet of Jesus (1995), The Moths, and Other Stories (1995/1985), Chicana (W)rites: On Word and Film (1996), Chicana Creativity and Criticism (1996), and American Literature (1987). Some of her work has been translated into Hindi, Spanish, and German and has been taught in courses ranging from geriatrics to art. Several universities use Viramontes work as required reading in American literature and Women’s literature courses.
Event organizer Reinaldo Llano, a Hobart senior, welcomes the community to the event. “We hope many will join the Latin American Organization for the event of the year,” he says.