Theatre group explores culture

By Fiorella Casella

Thursday’s production of “Sin T_Òå_tulo,” meaning “Without Title,”
by theater group Teatro Nueva Alma – Theatre New Soul – at the
Bronco Student Center featured young Latino artists exposing the
uniqueness among the different nationalities that make up current
Latin culture.

The young artists demonstrated their cultural experiences
through a variety of skits, as well as original poetry and dance
that they developed.

John Miyasaki, director and creator of the group, wanted to
start it so students could have a venue in which they could voice
their opinions and express themselves creatively.

“The production was a way to play out the experiences of all
people; it was an opportunity to provide a platform to represent
the underrepresented,” said Miyasaki.

The production is not only educational experience, but it is
also moving and inspirational to many students, according to
Miyasaki.

The group’s motto, “Not only a Latino experience, but a human
one,” connected with the skits that were part of the production.
The skits included the famous Latin American folktale “Mary
Magdalane” and other original skits such as “Dirty Dancing” and
“Barbershop.”

Estevan Vigil, writer of the skit “Dirty Dancing,” described it
as a dance with a monologue, a way to show communication between
Latin men and women.

“When it comes to women and men, women call the shots, and it
was easy to show it through a beautiful Latin dance,” said
Vigil.

Each skit illustrated the individual experience that each actor
wanted to demonstrate to the audience.

“[The skits] were a good portrayal of California and the way
things are for Latinos here,” said senior public relations student
Rachel Padilla.

All members of the group identified with the skits on different
levels; many thought the skits related to Latinos and a reality
that is never seen except outside of the media.

“We want people to see what they think should not be seen,” said
theater group member Sara Ceballos.

Students who attended the production found they could relate to
the message of each skit.

“Even though I don’t racially identify with Latinos, I saw a lot
of similarities that I can relate with,” said second-year
mechanical engineering student Charles Gopez.

The coordinators of the event, the Xicano/Latino Heritage Month
Committee, thought this form of expression would be a good learning
experience for the campus community to learn about Latinos and
their culture.

“We wanted to contribute. We are Hispanic, and we are seen as
all the same. We wanted to show our differences within our
cultures,” said senior political science and gender, ethnicity and
multicultural studies student Rigo Estrada, who is also a co-chair
of the committee.

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