Sep 16

Boro-Linc Manhattan: La Casita


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Lincoln Center's Boro-Linc presents Grito de Poetas, Arooj Aftab, and Mariachi Academy of New York as part of its La Casita series.


An impressive lineup of artist-activists convene to explore the far-reaching social, political, and expressive powers of oral and visual tradition. Here, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians and dancers to uncover how poetry, song, movement, and storytelling can unleash personal truths, construct identity, and fundamentally alter historic narratives.




Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs are not provided; audiences are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs.


Don’t miss the Community Resource Fair starting 30 minutes before each event! Stop by to learn more about the cultural organizations and serivce providers in the neighborhood.



MC: El Grito de Poetas

El Grito de Poetas collective is a group of diverse Latinx poets dedicated to the craft and performance of modern-day poetry. With their Latin roots and culture entrenched deeply within urban New York City, they are firmly committed to spreading knowledge of their various cultures, heritages, and traditions through spoken word.


Arooj Aftab (South Asian Sufi Poetry)

Arooj Aftab processes the Sufi tradition through an open-minded approach to sonic matter, reminiscent of jazz improvisation, and a contemporary production that does not shy away from incorporating subtle electronic undertones. With this method, the Lahore-born, Brooklyn-based artist completely reworks classical Pakistani and North Indian forms, like thumri, khayal, and kafi. With those broad inspirations, she creates a fascinating mix of sounds and cultures.


Mariachi Academy of New York (Mexican Traditional)

The Academy meets at the St. Paul School on 118th Street in East Harlem, in the middle of a growing Mexican community. Ramón Ponce, Founder and Director, says that the Academy is the first mariachi school “east of the Mississippi.” Classes are held after school from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and students range in age from seven-years-old to seventeen. There are seven instructors to teach three skill levels on the following instruments: trumpet, violin, vihuela, guitarrón (traditional Mexican bass), guitar, harp, and vocals; a music theory class was added about seven years ago. The students must audition before they enter the program. The students are shown the various instruments that are taught and decide which one they would like to learn. In the first year, students take two classes a week (their instrument and a music theory class), and then take part in a group rehearsal.



Generous support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Member I. Daneek Miller

Lead Corporate Support is provided by Time Warner

Additional Corporate Support is provided by DISNEY

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