Bay to Bahia
Shared Program with Rompe y Raja
Presented by Loco Bloco (duration 60 minutes)
Artistic Directors: Pedro Gomez & Tania Santiago
Annie Jupiter-Jones, Executive Director
Giuliana Blasi, Program Director
Alma Herrera-Pazmiño, Program/Admin Assistant
These performances of Bay to Bahia were supported in part by a generous grant from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Bay to Bahia re-connects audiences to past, present and future visions of community expression and resistance rooted in the “Bloco Afro” philosophy and San Francisco Mission district street arts. During the summer of 2013, Loco Bloco traveled with Tania Santiago to Brazil to engage in exchanges with Blocos of Salvador, Bahia. This piece expresses the collision of two cultures in the powerful space of the roda or cypher, to create a musical explosion & celebration of cultural resilience and pride. San Francisco, California meets Salvador, Brazil.
Loco Bloco was founded in the traditions of the Afro-Blocos of Brazil, with a focus on creating music and dance dedicated to cultural activism. Loco Bloco brings together traditional rhythms, movements and aesthetics of the African Diaspora within Latin America and fuses them with contemporary urban styles of music, dance and theater to create high-energy, innovative presentations based on social justice issues currently facing our community. Loco Bloco's community arts education programs and events help to empower and uplift under-served and marginalized populations by using the arts as a tool for empowerment and change making.
Pedro Gomez born in San Francisco, and raised in the Mission began his artistic voyage at the age of 14 and now has over 20 years of professional experience as a performer, educator, recording musician and arranger/composer. Pedro is co-founder of San Francisco’s based Latin/Soul/Funk band Bayonics and currently serves as the Musical Director of Loco Bloco and faculty member of the World Music Department at the School Of The Arts High School in San Francisco. Pedro blends youth development and arts education and is committed to using his experiences and resources to help cultivate the next generation of “artivists”
Tania Santiago, a native of Salvador, Bahia, founded Aguas Dance Company in 1999 and has been teaching Afro Brazilian dance to all ages throughout the Bay Area since 1997. She leads annual dance intensives to Salvador each winter and for the past 10 years has had an award-winning contingent at the SF Carnaval Parade each spring. She is available for performances, collaborations, choreography consulting, workshops and Brazil trip consultation/leading.