Beyond Archetypes: Examining the Roles of Women in Folk Music and Dance from Latin America and the Caribbean

Panel Discussion 

May 6, 2019

Event Description

Since June 2018, Berkeley’s renowned La Peña Cultural Center has presented the year-long series “Timeless Archetypes of Women in Music and Dance”. The series has engaged more than 30 artists to conduct community workshops alongside live performances, calling attention to the crucial and often difficult roles that women have played across societies and cultures. The series has featured artists active in the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, and contemporary Latino artistic traditions, and it has invited them to consider critically how women’s roles, reflected in timeless archetypes of femininity, have evolved and are still manifested in today’s society.


Maria De La Rosa, Director of the NEA Series “Timeless Archetypes of Women in Music and Dance” and Artistic Director of Las Peteneras

Liliana Herrera, Artistic Director of Golondrina: Andanzas por California

Shefali Shah, Artistic Director of Yo Cantaré: Women’s Voices in Puerto Rican Music and Art

Gabriela Shiroma, Artistic Director of Mujeres del Perú

Moderated by:
Dr. Marina Romani, UC Berkeley, NEA Series Academic Consultant


Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Anthropology, La Peña Cultural Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Artworks.