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2012 Guest Artists: Puerto Rican Artists

Pedro Adorno and Agua, Sol y Sereno

In January 1998, anticipating the 1999 exhibition Diego Rivera: Art & Revolution, Parade the Circle looked for ways to forge deeper ties with Cleveland’s Hispanic community. Following a promising lead, parade artistic director Robin VanLear traveled to Puerto Rico to meet Pedro Adorno and his fledgling company Agua, Sol y Sereno (Water, Sun, and Mist). She arrived in San Juan during the dress rehearsal for Pepe & Rosa, Pedro’s satire on the Dick and Jane readers. After three hours of rehearsal and a night swapping stories with Pedro and his wife, Cathy, she was hooked!

Pedro’s charisma, multi-dimensional talent, and passion for involving the community in the creative process was just what Parade the Circle needed to excite our Hispanic neighbors and engage them with the art museum through the venue of parade workshops. After VanLear’s week in San Juan there was no doubt in her mind that Pedro was the perfect choice.

In May, Pedro traveled to Cleveland and worked his magic with youth at Julia de Burgos. Capitalizing on our success, Pedro returned in 1999, adding the Hispanic Senior Center and Sagrada Familia Church as parade outreach sites. Pedro returned four more times to work with Community Arts, helping to expand the connection between CMA and Cleveland's Hispanic community and encouraging travel from the west side of the Cuyahoga to our doorstep. For Parade 2012, Agua, Sol y Sereno company member Angel Flores will join Pedro in a collaboration with youth from Julia de Burgos and the Cleveland Public Theatre Brick City program.

For Parade 2012, Agua, Sol y Sereno company member Angel Flores joined Pedro in Cleveland. They created a major ensemble piece, 1212: Voz del Silencio and collaborated with youth from Julia de Burgos and the Cleveland Public Theatre Brick City program at Lakeview Terrace Community Center.