Experience a play about hope that explores Cuban artists, immigration and Afro-Latinx themes of jazz, dance, salsa, and spoken word.
If you could take the Island of Cuba and The United States and fit into one album that would be sound of “We Have Iré!.
“I wanted the ancestors and the musical traditions of Cuba to shine throughout,” says Paul S. Flores of his decision to collaborate with composer Yosvany Terry.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 AT 4:30 PM PDT – 6 PM PDT
We Have Iré ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING RELEASE PARTY
Free · Facebook Live.
The audio-only version of We Have Iré drops on September 18th!
The multidisciplinary play by Paul S. Flores recounts stories in the lives of four Cuban-born artists living in San Francisco who go back to their Island after years abroad—and features a score by leading Cuban Jazz musician Yosvany Terry with hip-Hop and monologues.
Award-winning poet, performance artist, and playwright Paul S. Flores’ latest interdisciplinary theater work, We Have Iré, comes to life with a soundtrack release. The all-star cast includes director Rosalba Rolón, jazz composer Yosvany Terry, choreographer Ramón Ramos Ayaló and DJ Leydis.
Meet the artists in a live stream featuring a behind-the-scenes video by filmmaker Amilcar Navarro and a talk-back with the artistic team, cast members, and producers’ representatives.
Grammy-Nominated Afro-Cuban jazz Luminary Yosvany Terry with his quartet perform in the new soundtrack with original cast in selected monologues, including Paul S. Flores and Oakland based hip-hop artist DJ Leydis – the first Afro-Cuban female DJ to play at the White House.
Paul S. Flores, Rosalba Rolón and Yosvany Terry explore the true stories of immigrant Cuban artists living in the US in their National Performance Network and Creative Capital project WE HAVE IRÉ.
Experience theater with live Latin jazz and timba beats, dance, and spoken word to explore Cuban artists, immigration, and Afro-Cuban themes. Developed with jazz composer Yosvany Terry, DJ Leydis, choreographer Ramón Ramos Alayo, and director Rosalba Rolón. We Have Iré is a play about blessing, good fortune, balance, and destiny.
“We Have Iré celebrates Cuban immigrants while giving them space to tell their stories on their own terms, through dance, music, and theater.
I chose to set the play in a club called ‘Que Rico, Asere!’ ( ‘It’s good to be Cuban, my friend.’) to highlight the joy Cubans bring to all whenever they get together to share their talents,” remarks Flores.
“We Have Iré also focuses on the nuances of Latinx identity, including Afro-Cuban, by breaking down stereotypes and revealing the complexities of being Black, immigrant, female, and bilingual. The artists in We Have Iré are well known in the Bay Area, and have accomplished a high level of excellence in the United States, Cuba, and abroad. This is a chance to know their personal stories of how they became who they are today, what they risked, and how they are inspired to stay connected to their homeland, while living between two countries.”
In We Have Iré, the cast of characters gather to party, dance, and play music, while sharing stories about their traditions, lives in Cuba, and individual journeys from Cuba to the United States and back. Flores’ deeply personal dive into themes of transnationality and citizenship is supplemented by traditional Yoruba songs and dance from Alayo, live Cuban jazz from Terry, Latinx hip-hop and timba beats from DJ Leydis, and bilingual spoken word, to underscore the virtuosity of Afro-Cuban and Cuban-American artists.