• Orders can be placed from anywhere in the world
• DVD Includes subtitles in English/Spanish, plus extras
• Study guide available for download here
• Discounts available for multiple copies
UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES
• DVD with public performance rights (PPR) $295 ORDER
• DVD plus Electronic File & Streaming Rights: $450*
• Electronic File & Streaming Rights ONLY: $295 ORDER
• Electronic File & Streaming Rights for Current DVD owners: $150*
PUBLIC LIBRARIES, HIGH SCHOOLS & NON-PROFITS
• DVD with public performance rights (PPR) $95 ORDER
• DVD plus Electronic File & Streaming Rights: $195*
• Electronic File & Streaming Rights ONLY: $95*
• Alianza Eucatoriana: “Celebracion de La Mujer,” NYC
• Colombia U: New York Hispanic Film Festival
• Denison U.: Granville, OH
• Seminario Int. “Lengua Cultura y Sociedad en Ancash” Huaraz, Peru
• Kennisaw U: Year of Peru Conference,
• Indiana U.: Encountering Peru conference
• Int’l Expressive Arts Therapy Conference, Lima Peru
• Int’l Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade
• Monmouth U.: Latin American Realities
• National_Geographic Live! Washington, D.C.
• New York Times: Hispanic Affinity Group
• NYU | Encuentro, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Bogota
• Ohio State U.: Folkloric Studies Conference
• Ohio State U.: Latin American Indian Literature Conference
• Peruvian Human Rights Film Festival, Passaic Community College
• San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, San Francisco
• Society for Visual Anthropology 2008 Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
• Teachers College: Colombia: Cinema as Cross-Cultural Education
• Teachers College, Colombia U. Education Across the Americas Conference
• Tulane U: Ethnomusicology Speaker Series
• Trinity College: Hispanic Studies Conference
• Yale U.: Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies
• U. of Florida: Conference on Amazonian and Andean Studies
• U. North Carolina: Latin American Film Festival
• U. of Pennsylvania, Multicultural Alumni Affairs
• Villanova U: Conference on José María Arguedas
• Westfield State U: Speaker Series
• World Learning | SIT Graduate Institute , Brattleboro, VT
• U.S. Embassy-Peru Tour de Peru
“Nelida’s dance touches a deep yearning for that sense of belonging, of knowing the earth I stand on is solid and shared” (Neila Wyman, gesalt therapist)
Raised in the Peruvian Andes, Nélida has been an ambassador of traditional Peruvian culture in the USA for more than two decades, as both a dancer and cultural producer. She is also a financial advisor for women-owned micro-enterprise businesses.
Neli grew up dancing in her hometown of Llamellín. After migrating to Lima as a teenager, she studied at the famed José María Arguedas school of dance, and later performed with several top Peruvian folkloric groups.
In 1989 she moved to the USA, and in 1991 co-founded Ballet Folkloric Peru. Based in the Peruvian hub of Paterson, NJ. Ballet continues perform throughout the country, and also runs a dance school for children and adults.
In December, 2000, Nelida fulfilled a lifetime dream by hosting the Fiesta Patronal in her Llamellín birthplace—a journey documented in “Soy Andina.”
Neli also launched a career as a solo artist in 2001, when she began performing her one-woman show “Para Danzar a la Vida”, an autobiographic dance piece chronicling her journey as an immigrant.
As a producer, Neli has introduced American audiences to some of the greatest living Peruvian artists. For La Casita at Lincoln Center, she coordinated performances by musicians Manuelcha Prado and Carlos Hayre. She co-produced “Fiesta Andina” for the Westchester Arts Council, and served on the Peruvian program committee for the Traditional Center for Music & Dance in New York City.
Since the release of “Soy Andina,” Neli has divided her time between New York and Peru, where she is leading efforts to build a hometown cultural center in Lima. And of course she still dances!
“My journeys to Peru are part of my quest to respect my ancestors through dance, and share that energy and to my students.”
Cynthia Panaigua is a NY-based dancer/choreographer and Fulbright scholar. She specializes in creating works that combine modern and Peruvian folk traditions that explore themes of social and cultural identity.
Born in Queens, NY to a Peruvian nurse and Puerto Rican musician, Cynthia identifies herself as “Peruvian, Puerto Rican, a New Yorker – and after reconnecting with my roots, Andean.” After obtaining a B.A in dance at Hunter College in 2003, Cynthia won a Fulbright grant in 2004-05 to study in Peru and “unearth the mystery of the dances.”
She studied at two leading institutions in Lima (University of San Marcos and José María Arguedas) before journeying into the heartland—up the coast, into the Andes, through the Amazon—to study with living masters of dance.
The release of “Soy Andina” quickly elevated Cynthia’s profile both in the USA and Peru. She performed and taught throughout Peru on a U.S.
Embassy-sponsored film tour. Returning to New York City, she began teaching Peruvian dance classes and performed with various groups in the region. Then, back to Peru, where was then hired to choreograph and perform in two of Peru’s biggest music-theater shows: “El Vuelo Del Condor” in Lima (2008) and “Kusikay in Cuzco” (2009).
Today Cynthia has returned again to New York City to earn a Masters in Performance Studies at NYU. She is also planning a new dance company/school incorporating modern dance with Peruvian culture, identity and politics. But she’s always returning to Peru to study, perform and deepen the connection to her mother’s culture.
Soy Andina will screen at the José María Arguedas Conference at Villanova University on Saturday, October 29 (place and time tba)
Each year, smack in the heartland of Middletown, OH, very cool festival takes place celebrating the culture of another country—Middfest International. The 2011 Festival celebrates Peru—and of course Soy Andina will be there.
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 2, 1:30 pm
|September 28, 2011|
National Geographic Live presents: “Soy Andina” film and dance
Part of an all-day showcase of Peruvian culture, Sunday July 18 in D.C.
(July 11, 2011, Washington, D.C.) Soy Andina, the award-winning film about Peru, dance and identity, returns to Washington for a screening at National Georgraphic Live, featuring Q & A with director Mitch Teplitsky, and live dance performance by film subject Cynthia Paniagua. The event is co-sponsored by the Embassy of Peru.
Sunday, July 17, 1:00 p.m.
National Geographic Live
1600 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
The screening is part of an all-day Peruvian dance festival in celebration of the centennial of Hiram Bingham’s expeditions to Machu Picchu. Other presentations include: the dance group Mamauca; musician; Cesar Villalobos; the film Danzak; and a scissors dance demonstration.
For more info, schedule and tickets:
By phone: 202 857 7700
Soy Andina returns to Lima for a free screening:
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 8:00 pm
Casa Prado: Av. 28 de Julio 878, Miraflores
Presented by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference
I met Mark in Cusco in 2009 when he was researching this book. Another New Yorker married to a Peruvian woman who’s gotten sucked into Peru! Here’s an NPR interview with Mark.
This interview originally appeared on the the website for Voces, the television series that broadcast Soy Andina.
This is your first film. How did the idea begin to document both characters’ journeys to Peru?
The project has its roots in my 20-year friendship with Nélida. We met soon after she emigrated to New York City in 1989. I was volunteering at the International Center as an English conversation partner for immigrants. Neli was also a member/volunteer. I was seeking someone to practice Spanish with, and was introduced to her. We became friends.
PERUVIAN DANCE CLASS
NEWS (in English)