ROBERT MIRABAL TO PERFORM PO’PAY SPEAKS
Friday, August 26, 2011
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Robert Mirabal inhabits the spirit of Po'Pay, illustrating the history and influence of this great leader of the 1680 revolt in a 70-minute spoken word performance.
TWO-TIME GRAMMY WINNER-ROBERT MIRABAL TO PERFORM
18 Shows to be Performed at Heritage Hotel’s Lodge at Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Two-time Grammy Award winner, Robert Mirabal, will be performing a new one-man show, Po’Pay Speaks. This presentation of the history and continuing influence of Po’Pay during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt is scheduled to premier August 16, 2011, at the Heritage Hotel’s Lodge at Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM.
“Po’Pay was a visionary and a mystic,” Mirabal says. “He organized all 25 new Mexico Pueblos into a unified force that drove the Spanish all the way to El Paso and probably saved the Pueblo people from extinction. With music, dance and storytelling, I’ll attempt to inhabit the spirit of this great leader – what he accomplished and why, and if he were still alive, what his message would be to Pueblo people today.
“These are – once again – perilous times for the Pueblos.” Mirabal continues. “Consumerism is nibbling at the edges of our culture. Our young people are more interested in Facebook than traditional dances. They no longer grow corn, and without corn, why do the Corn Dance? We’ll see what Po’Pay has to say.”
Mirabal, a native of Taos Pueblo, has released nearly a dozen CDs, ranging from traditional ceremonial music to Rock n’ Roll. His highly praised PBS special, Music from a Painted, was aired in 2002. The multi-talented Mirabal is also an artist and published author. His novel, Running Alone with Photographs, was published in 2009, and, Skeletons of a Bridge, a book of poetry, was published in 1994. When not touring, he lives a traditional life at Taos Pueblo with his wife, Dawn, and three daughters.
Po’Pay Speaks is being developed with the aid of a grant from the New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation. Collaborating with Mirabal on the production are Taos writers Stephen Parks and Nelson Zink. For more information, please contact Danette Lovato at 505.242.8355 or see www.Mirabal.com.