Dare, Engage, Discover








Directed by Cuqui Jerez
Created in collaboration with María Jerez, Cristina Blanco, Amaia Urra, and Gilles Genter
Performed by María Jerez, Cuqui Jerez, Amaia Urra, Ismeni Enevold, and Thomas Kasebacher

Three Performances Only!
March 23 at 8PM
March 24 at 2PM & 8PM
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street

"The curtain rises, and we see the fiction within the fiction within the fiction within the fiction. The curtain falls."
—Cuqui Jerez

In this quirky, humorous, and intriguing work, Spanish choreographer and performer Cuqui Jerez challenges the audience's perception of reality by presenting a rehearsal, or perhaps the rehearsal of a rehearsal.

A classically trained ballet dancer, Cuqui Jerez has worked in dance, theatre, and film in Madrid since 1990. The Rehearsal is one part of The Neverstarting Story—a collaboration with artists Amaia Urra, Cristina Blanco, Cuqui Jerez, and María Jerez, in which each artist created an independent work that finds a new intersection between dance, performance, video, and theatre.

Performed in English.

Contains strong language. Please contact the Box Office at 203.432.1234 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.

Running Time: approximately 100 minutes.

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Talk Backs

Q&A sessions with the artists will be held immediately following all performances.

Rehearsing Intimacy: Cuqui Jerez's Do-overs
A Lecture by Ramón Rivera-Servera on Cuqui Jerez's The Rehearsal.

Thursday, March 22, 6-7:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center Room 208, 53 Wall Street

Ramón Rivera-Servera explores multiple interpretations of Jerez's The Rehearsal to engage the socio-cultural intimacies animated in and by performance. Attending to the idea of the “do-over,” or repeated attempt, this talk begins in the rehearsal room but leads us into the global stage to explore the "accented intimacies" between American popular culture, Spanish history, and Latinidad.

Response by Dominika Laster, Post-Doc Associate, Lecturer, Theater Studies, Yale University

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera’s (Assistant Professor, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University) research and teaching focus on contemporary performance in the United States with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender, and sexuality are negotiated in the process of migration. His work documents U.S. Latina/o, Mexican, and Caribbean performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, fashion, and speech. His book, Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. He is co-editor of Performance in the Borderlands (Palgrave, 2011), solo/black/woman: An anthology of black feminist performance (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming), and Festival Latino: Contemporary Latina/o Theatre (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming).

Co-Sponsored by Yale Theater Studies Program and the Whitney Humanities Center.

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Photo by Enrique Escorza