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Bilingual folktales September 22, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Entertainment.

When Elizabeth Evans, director of the Renaissance Artist Puppet Company, recognized the growth of the Hispanic population in the region, she wanted to create something that would bridge emerging cultures with existing ones. “I wanted to find a way to make the American and Spanish-speaking communities aware of each other,” she says.

The result is Colores del Agua, the Colors of Water, a bilingual show that uses marionettes, rod puppets and masks to tell two Latin American water folktales. The first is a Zapotec story that describes the creation of rainbows; the other, a Tano Indian narration of how rivers and oceans came to be. Performer Margarita Ruiz helped translate the original text of these stories into an interactive learning experience, with dialogue spoken in English, followed by its Spanish equivalent, accompanied by original music incorporating Caribbean and Meso-American rhythms.

“Colores del Agua, the Colors of the Water,” 7 tonight, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Montgomery County Cultural Center, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown. Tickets: $9.50. Information: 267-467-6052 or www.renartpuppetco.com.

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