Theatre Practices in Puerto Rico: Once in a Lifetime Experience

By Rachel Gubow

The Theatre Practices in Puerto Rico intersession was a once in a lifetime opportunity that allowed me to explore dance, movement, and theatre through a different cultural lens.

In Javier Cardona’s physical theatre class I was pushed to physical and mental limits as our ensemble explored unconventional ways of creating movement that connected body and voice as one whole instrument.  Our trip was filled with delicious food, meeting brilliant artists, seeing moving performances, and learning to dance bomba.

One of our many adventures in the city of Old San Juan included participating in a parade to celebrate San Sebastian Festival which fills the narrow city streets with over half a million people!  As we all enjoyed the beautiful weather and rich bonding experience, I came to a deeper understanding of how we can use art and theatre to break down barriers and tell stories that connect us within and across cultures.