Theater and Co-Artistic Director-Germán Jaramillo
Germán Jaramillo, from Manizales, Colombia, co-founded one of the most important repertory theater companies in Colombia, Teatro Libre, and its School of Acting, where he worked as resident actor, director and producer for almost 30 years in close to forty productions, touring nationally and internationally.
In August 2001 he came to New York and founded iD Studio Theater in NYC, now a non-profit located in the South Bronx, with a mission to advance the artistic and social development of immigrant communities through innovative work in the performing arts. As Artistic Director he has directed and produced over 20 plays within 20 years, several of them jointly with the Theater for the New City in New York. Among these, the “Juan Rulfo Trilogy” was awarded the prize for “Best Play” in the Hispanic Theater Festival sponsored by the Dominican Cultural Commission in 2011. Jaramillo received the prize of “Best Director” for the Trilogy there as well as from ATI (the Association of Independent Theaters). As Director, Jaramillo has participated in the XIII Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá, Colombia, and directed “Risaralda,” in Pereira, Colombia.
As actor, several of his roles earned him recognition as best theater actor of the year in Colombia. In 2000 he starred in the internationally acclaimed film “La Virgen de los Sicarios” (“Our Lady of the Assassins”), directed by Barbet Schroeder and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Venice Film Festival (2000), where he was nominated for Best Actor and became famous internationally for his work as an actor, in addition to other films and TV productions in Colombia, and abroad including “La Bruja” “The Hostage,” and the popular Netflix series “Narcos.” As theater actor, Jaramillo has starred in works ranging from “King Lear” adapted for Spanish Theater in Mexico City, and has been featured in various roles at Repertorio Español, for which he has received the three most prestigious prizes in 2014 for Best Actor in Hispanic Theater in the USA: ACE (Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo), ATI, and HOLA. In 2019, he received the honor of acting the role of Jorge Luis Borges in a new play by John Guare, “Nantucket Sleigh Ride,” at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Jaramillo most recently appeared at Teatro Colón as the “Colonel” in “El Coronel no Tiene Quién le Escriba” under the legendary director Jorge Alí Triana.
Composer, Pianist, Music and Co-Artistic Director-Pablo Mayor
Pablo Mayor established his musical production company Folklore Urbano NYC in 2000, shortly upon arriving to New York City, with a mission of #GlobalMusicToUnify. Winner of the 2020 Artist Award from ArtsWestchester, Folklore Urbano NYC Artistic Director Pablo Mayor is first and foremost a creator. From Cali, Colombia, Pablo dedicated his first sixteen years in NYC to writing, producing, and promoting Colombian music via his first three albums of his band the Folklore Urbano Orchestra and an international tour, and as founder and producer of NYC’s Colombian music festival Encuentro NYC spanning over 16 years.
Mayor’s music has been featured by Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (his Colombian porro “Mercado en Domingo” recorded on ALJO’s Grammy award-winning album “Offense of the Drum”) and his arrangements recorded by Colombia’s legendary folk singer Totó la Momposina. Pablo’s versatility ranges from Colombian to Cuban to Puerto Rican music, from his orchestra’s most recent salsa album: “El Barrio Project-SALSA,” to being the only non-Puerto Rican member as pianist of the folkloric Puerto Rican establishment Los Pleneros de la 21, and over 20 years pianist with the legendary Cuban charanga Orquesta Broadway. As his 21st year as composer-in-residence of Germán Jaramillo’s iD Studio Theater in the South Bronx, he has written over 100 compositions bridging styles and genres. After having created Amalgama music and dance project together with his other long-term collaborator Daniel Fetecua, he was most recently commissioned by Daniel and his partner Blakeley White-McGuire to create the music their latest dance piece “The Tongue of the Flame.”
As educator, Mayor worked 16 years at the historic center for Latin music in Harlem know as “Boy’s Harbor” and created the Colombian educational program Cumbia for Kids/Cumbia for All, which has reached thousands of young people all over the NYC area. His compositions are featured in Berklee City Music’s Pulse Latino software in rhythms from South America and Mexico, and he has traveled throughout Latin America with Berklee’s educational program making connections between music education and the cultural roots of a country. Winner of the 2021 Voices for Change grant from ArtsWestchester, his latest musical theater production premiered in 2022 “Brave New Frogs-Los Sapos Valientes,” continues his work promoting environmental awareness and celebrating cultural diversity.
Dancer, Actor, Choreographer, and Co-Artistic Director-Daniel Fetecua
Daniel Fetecua has been a soloist member of the Limon Dance Company for ten years (2006-2016) dancing lead roles in Jose Limon’s master pieces and has appeared as guest artist in Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser.
Mr. Fetecua is a master teacher of the Limon technique and reconstructor of Limon’s repertory, faculty member of the Limón Institute and founder member of Limon4Kids program. He is the founder and artistic director of two dance companies: Pajarillo Pinta’o, a dance company that preserves and promotes the Colombian traditional dances through dance performance, workshops and classes and D-Moves, a contemporary dance project that combines Colombian traditions, Modern Dance and German Tanz-Theater.
A longtime collaborator of Pablo Mayor, together, they have created “Amalgama,” he is Co-Artistic Director of Cumbia For Kids/Cumbia For All, and he has collaborated on El Barrio Project-SALSA” and the video “Black is Beautiful.” Since 2008 he has worked with Native-American Choreographer Rosalie Jones/Day Star for her work “Wolf: A Transformation,” from whom Daniel has the rights to the piece for the performance, preservation and promotion. Daniel is member of Movement Migration an international collective of seasoned dance artists directed by Kim Jones. He is the producer and artistic director of LATITUDES DANCE FESTIVAL, a NYC based platform to promote and present Latin American and Native companies and choreographers from around the world.
Daniel has collaborated as a choreographer and guest teacher with RevolucionLatinaand SalgadoProductionsboth under Luis Salgado’s direction since 2011. His most recent project C.A.V.E.S with world renowned dancer Blakeley White-McGuire is touring National and Internationally in collaboration with local dance companies. Daniel Fetecua is currently resident choreographer, actor, and board member of ID Studio Theatre, resident choreographer at Teatro SEA directed by Manuel Moran for which he has choreographed “Sueño” and “La Gloria: A Latin Cabaret,” for which Fetecua won an HOLA award for Best Choreography. Daniel is adjunct professor of dance at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Flutist, Narrator, and Co-Artistic Director-Anna Povich de Mayor
Anna Povich de Mayor is a flutist, producer, educator, arts advocate, and cultural liaison, from the USA, known for her versatile work in both the classical and popular music worlds. Beginning with extensive research into Latin American repertoire and the subject of performing popular Latin music as a doctoral student at SUNY Stony Brook, Anna has spent over 20 years immersed in the music of Latin America. She has toured with her husband Pablo Mayor’s renowned band the Folklore Urbano Orchestra, has recorded on all four of their CD’s, while managing the establishment Folklore Urbano NYC and directing and performing with its educational program Cumbia for Kids/Cumbia for All. She has done extensive work as chamber musician with the New York Flute Quartet and masterclasses and performances throughout Australia with her former group the New York Harp Trio (Bridget Kibbey and Peter Bucknell). She has won numerous awards including a Chamber Music America grant and was featured soloist with the Stony Brook graduate orchestra. Former faculty member at Turtle Bay Music School, she has worked with such organizations as Carnegie Hall (Musical Connections and Neighborhood Concerts programs), Flushing Town Hall (Global Arts for Global Kids), the 92nd St Y (Musical Introduction Series), and works closely with iD Studio Theater on musical programming at their home in the south Bronx. She has directed and curated concert series with the Queens library and Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, and has worked to bring Latin American culture and the arts to her local community in Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow as both artist and current director of the TUFSD summer arts program. Together with her husband she produced their festival Encuentro NYC for over 16 years, and recently co-directed Cumbia for Kids’ educational show “Brave New Frogs-Los Sapos Valientes” created through a “Voices for Change Grant” from ArtsWestchester this past fall. Anna holds a BM from the University of North Texas (with Mary Karen Clardy) and both an MM and a DMA in flute performance from SUNY Stony Brook where she studied with Carol Wincenc.
Toby Campion is a writer for theatre and film. His play The Queen and The Bishop won the 2005 Writing Award, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu. His play Hands-On Therapy was produced at the Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, CA in 2008. His trilogy of plays Entre Dos Mundos celebrates Latin American music and culture. Over the past nine years, the first two installments of the trilogy have been produced in California and New York: Pedro Infante, la Suegra Triunfante, and Cumbia de mi Corazón. In 2023, the third play, Arsenio, celebrating the Afro-Cuban music tradition, will have its premiere at iD Studio Theater in the Bronx. His Pedro Infante play was made into a movie available on Netflix – Como Caído del Cielo. He thanks his wife Anita for all her support. Campion lives in Red Hook, New York, and Mexico and is celebrating 12 years of collaboration with Germán Jaramillo.
Jonathan Hare – “The Head”
Baritone Jonathan Hare’s singing has garnered praise from The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Classical Singer Magazine. He most recently recreated the role of Didier in Victor Herbert’s MADELEINE with VHRP LIVE!, the first performance of it since the 1914 Metropolitan Opera premiere. He created the role of Tim in Thomas Pasatieri’s GOD BLESS US EVERYONE, and sang the role of Trigorin in Pasatieri’s THE SEAGULL, both with Dicapo Opera and at the Szeged National Theatre in Hungary. Recent performances include singing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and appearing as the male lead in SOMEONE LIKE ME (THE FACEBOOK OPERA.) Other roles in which he appeared include Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Silvio in I PAGLIACCI and Schaunard in LA BOHÈME with The New Rochelle Opera, Ford in SIR JOHN IN LOVE with Bronx Opera, and Belcore in L’ELISIR D’AMORE with Regina Opera.
Blakeley White-McGuire is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, writer, educator and interdisciplinary artist. Critically acclaimed as a Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001–16, 2017), Blakeley performs iconic roles of the twentieth-century modern dance canon as well as creating contemporary dance and improvisational site-specific performances. Blakeley collaborates with dance communities internationally having received the Premio Positano Leonide Massine Prize for Contemporary Dance Performance. She has been commissioned/presented by the Dancing Human Rights Festival, Oxford, UK; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA; Downtown Dance Festival, New York, USA; Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE/ OUT, Mass., USA; Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, American Dance Festival, Danza In Arte, Pietrasanta, Italy, Movement Migration, and presently with the dance/performance collaborative C.A.V.E.S. Entre El Cuerpo y La Naturaleza, a collaborative interrogating the relationship between art, nature, and the human body.
Blakeley holds a Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and is the author of several publications including her first book with Bloomsbury Publishing U.K., The Martha Graham Dance Company: House of the Pelvic Truth which connects lineal and technical profundities within Martha Graham’s artistic canon.
Verónica Santiago Moniello is a Venezuelan choreographer and dancer based in New York, U.S. Her projects are in relationship to research, guidance, education, curatorship, production, speculation, and somatic experiences. She holds a M.F.A. Master of Fine Arts from the University of California San Diego (U.S.) and a B.A. in Dance Making from the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany), where she was part of Pina Bausch’s “Le Sacre Du Printemps” repertoire.
Her current approach expresses the relation between absence, beneficial acts and rituals. Her projects have been presented in Mexico, Venezuela, Belize, Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Spain, Korea and the U.S.
She ia a Co-founder of Artists 4 Peace, Perla Stone and Founder of Habitual: a project-based studio that explores through collaborations bailes, performances, and durational acts within contemporary cultural practices.
Aby Paulin Maindron is a professional dancer, actor, singer, and model from France, born in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar. He has trained in numerous disciplines and started exploring dance at the Conservatoire du Choletais in France where he accomplished an 8-year program of study in four years. He was then accepted at the prestigious Rudra Béjart School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Paulin Aby was invited to join and perform at the Ailey School as a full scholarship student in New York City. Paulin has been privileged to work on stage, film, television, studio record, and radio. He was a part of the Institut Musical de Vendée as a performer. He toured in Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, and other European countries. He played the leading role in Placide Robinier, the comedy musical of Julien Joubert and was a part of the highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning, The Puy Du Fou, a part of its original soundtrack as a singer and actor. He was invited to dance for the 100th Anniversary of Mr. Merce Cunningham at Baryshnikov Art Center, and has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Clifton Brown, Mathew Rushing, Earl Frederick Mosley, Lakey Evan Pēna, Patrick Coker, Shay Bland to name a few. He performed the acclaimed Revelation by Alvin Ailey numerous times and (most notably for Macy’s Thanksgiving parade) as well as Ailey’s Blues Suites and Night Creatures. He toured with ASPG ( Ailey Student Performance Group) for two years. Paulin Aby was the recipient of the Maurice Béjart foundation Scholarship for two years and was a full scholarship Level 1 at the Ailey School for three years as well as the recipient of The Carolyn Adams Scholarship, The Gloria & Stanley Plesent Scholarship and The Elizabeth Gordon Scholarship. As a choreographer, his duet entitled The Priestess in Les Oiseaux was performed at the EPFL stage, Theatre Barnabé Servion and in Switzerland. He was a Teacher Assistant at the Ailey School for three years and served as choreographer’s assistant for Vernard Gilmore, Daniel Fetecua, Jaqueline Buglisi, Piotr Nardelli, among others.
Genesis Perdomo Santos is a Dominican, Bronx-bred artist who moves in the intersection between healing modalities and afro-latin contemporary dance forms. She began her training with Alice Teirstein in Young Dancemakers Company. She received her BA in Dance at Hunter College while also training and performing with REDi Dance Company, Kim Elliott Dance, and Kim D. Holmes. Her dance credits include works by Razvan Stoian, Chase Brock, Sonya Tayeh, and Lorin Latarro. Genesis served as associate choreographer and dancer in the Public Works show As You Like It, part of the Shakespeare in the Park 2022 season.
Genesis completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sweet Water Dance and Yoga in 2021.
Produced by Anna and Pablo Mayor of Folklore Urbano NYC, with the support of iD Studio Theater
iD Studio Theater
Executive Director, Sandie Luna
Artistic Director, Germán Jaramillo
ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, inc., a non-profit arts organization based in the South Bronx, is committed to the artistic and social empowerment of disadvantaged immigrant communities through innovative work in the performing arts. An active company of professional artists and performers and a network of dozens of theater and arts professionals, ID Studio works within Latino immigrant communities to create new audiences, develop new works, and train new performers and artists. Formed in 2001 and incorporated in 2005, ID Studio promotes the performing arts as a means of building community knowledge, catalyzing collective action, encouraging inter-community dialogue and celebrating our common humanity. Since its founding in 2001, ID Studio’s projects have been shown at a wide range of venues, from international theater festivals to schools and community spaces. ID Studio fosters exchanges with cultural organizations in Latin America and France and partners with community-based organizations such as Make the Road New York and Dreamyard in NYC, and Unidad Latina en Acción in New Haven, CT.
Folklore Urbano NYC
Pablo Mayor, Artistic Director
Anna Povich de Mayor, Managing Director
Navigating this cultural labyrinth that is New York City, Folklore Urbano NYC has since 2000 been producing, uniting, creating, and educating. Led by Artistic Director Pablo Mayor, the musical production company has been uplifting and inspiring through its renowned ensembles, grassroots programs including Cumbia for Kids/Cumbia for All and the music festival Encuentro NYC, Pablo Mayor’s compositional work, a collaboration with iD Studio Theater in the South Bronx, and a partnership with dancer/choreographer Daniel Fetecua.
Folklore Urbano NYC finds continuity in a mission that serves to gather people and artists of all backgrounds, to understand and celebrate cultural origins, and to bring joy through the power of the arts, creating #GlobalMusicToUnify. www.FolkloreUrbano.com