Imagine a Place: El Puente’s Three Kings Day show celebrates 30th anniversary

“It is most important that we continue to exercise our right to celebrate and honor our culture our language our history as Latinos in this country and Latinos in this community.”

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Three Kings and the leaders of El Puente were front and center to greet those coming to the show. Pictured (l to r) are Osvaldo Budet, Assistant Director – Williamsburg Leadership Center; Frances Lucerna, El Puente Executive Director and Co-Founder; Eugenio “Gino” Maldonado, Chief of Operations and El Puente Co-Founder; Luis Garden Acosta, El Puente Founder and President; and Franklin “Tap” Tapia, Community School Student Engagement and Leadership Specialist.

On January 15th El Puente celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Three Kings Day Show. This year’s show was named “Imagina un Lugar” (Imagine a Place) and paid homage to El Puente’s 35-year legacy of uniting and uplifting the Southside of Williamsburg.

As in many shows before, BombaYo churned up the energy by weaving their songs and rhythms literally throughout the aisles of the audience.

Then Frances Lucerna, the executive director of El Puente, made an inspiring introduction saying, “Let us be clear, in a time that we live in now, when there is so much anxiety, so much uncertainty about what our future will hold, and how and in which way we will continue to be the great country that we are, it is most important that we continue to exercise our right to celebrate and honor our culture our language our history as Latinos in this country and Latinos in this community. This journey is one of being able to open up our souls, open up our hearts in the most powerful way, the most creative way: through music, dance, art — because that’s the universal language.”

The journey on stage began featuring original story, music (including hip-hop), spoken word performances, dynamic choreography, and an enticing set design. The painted backdrop, a pastel cityscape in bold outlines made one want to go inside the picture to see more stories. The performers are students of El Puente’s teaching artists. Teaching Artist Jana Lynne Umipig served as the writer and director of the show, as she has for the past six years. “Our show connects the children of our community to magical worlds and speaks to their power to make change in this world,” stated Umipig.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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