El Puente’s 36th Celebration of the Three Kings
English language version
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El Puente opened the doors of its headquarters in “Los Sures,” Williamsburg, to invite everyone to celebrate the 36th Annual Celebration of the Three Kings.
We begin our journey, joining the pilgrimage of the Three Wise Men through the lands of our planet; from the Desert to the Mountains, crossing Valleys and Rivers, diving into our Oceans, always in motion, like the water in our bodies.
Co-written and co-directed by Jorge Luis Berrios and Jana “JL” Lynne Umipig, we attended this memorable theatrical experience, “REMEMBERING THAT WE ARE FROM THE EARTH.”
The evening begins with the ancestral rhythms of “Bomba” by “BombaYo” a local band that with their songs, maracas and drums unite us all and bring the warmth of Afro-Puerto Rican culture and soon gave way to a warm, beautiful welcome by Frances Lucerna, producer, artistic director, president, and co-founder of El Puente.
And then the play begins! The scenery, down to the smallest detail, is simply wonderful. Conceptualized and handmade by the youth of the community is full of cacti, a whale surrounded by fish, and an octopus, a smiling lion, a playful monkey, and a fox, open skies, and birds, and in the background “The Door of Dreams” of El Puente next to tall buildings rising on the hard asphalt.
These young people—our future—are the ones who repeatedly remind us, “REMEMBER—WE ARE THE EARTH; WE ARE OUR HOME! WE ARE THE EARTH, WITHOUT THE EARTH THERE IS NO LIFE!’
This cry for Climate Justice is a clear message that our Two Kings and the Queen will forcefully reiterate at the end of this play: “We can still achieve it if we stay alert; if our response to the Earth is that, together, we can take care of it! We hope you listen to the message of our young people!”
Next to me sits a six-year-old girl named Melinda. Do you like it? I asked her “Yes!” she replies, beaming with a beautiful smile. “Everything is very beautiful and special; it is very special because they are the Three Kings!” Elena, her mother, was part of this same celebration when she was the same age Melinda is now.
El Puente: a vital organ in our community, preserves our traditions honoring the memory of Luis Garden Acosto, co-founder, and his commitment with love, peace and justice with the world, ideals that continue to be the bulwark of this organization.