Known as an expert on Afro-Cuban culture, he studied sociology at the University of Havana, under Fernando Ortiz , the pioneer of Cuban anthropology. He had escaped and lived as a maroon before slavery was abolished in Cuba. Barnet's style of testimonial in this work became a standard for ethnography in Latin America. This literary background has informed Barnet's approach and works of anthropological writing.
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Catherine of Siena in the Riverside section of Greenwich. She was referring to indecent acts committed by Esteban Montejo, the real-life slave of the title, who lived alone in the forest for years after escaping the Cuban sugar plantation where he was born in Bestiality aside, a Catholic church in this leafy hedge-fund homeland might seem an unlikely place to stage a rare revival of Mr. His left-wing politics and homosexuality made life difficult in Germany, his native country.
His music also initially received a hostile welcome, deemed too expressive for the postwar avant-garde but too thorny for general consumption. All four performers play percussion in this eclectic score. The baritone Eugene Perry using the English version by Christopher Keene offered a theatrically gripping portrayal of the runaway slave, whose chromatic vocal line is often in the half-spoken, half-sung sprechstimme style and ranges from very low notes to high falsetto.
Perry conveyed the full emotional scope of the work, poignantly expressive while recalling the abuse of slaves, funny while describing his forest life and womanizing, and feisty when describing the Cuban revolutionaries. There were no props or scenery on the simple black stage, with a battery of percussion instruments arrayed against the back wall.
Wearing suspenders and a straw hat, Mr. Murdock depicted a swaggering plantation overseer with arrogant movements, for example. The dancers wore masks during a scene about spirits and ghosts. Home Page World U.
The ‘Cimarrón’ in the archives: a re-reading of Miguel Barnet’s biography of Esteban Montejo
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