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Sites that Speak:

Miami Through its Spanish Performing Arts Spaces

Lillian Manzor, Author

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Sites that Speak is a multimodal publication that focuses on the development of Spanish theater in Miami through the re-search of its performing spaces since 1959. I want to map-- literally and figuratively-- the development of Spanish theater from garages and schools to warehouses, from the former Flagler Theater where Fidel Castro addressed an audience in Spanish in 1955 and Teatro Martí --a Ku Klux Klan meeting space in the 40s-- to the Gables Cinematheque, previous home of Teatro Avante. By doing a cultural mapping of Spanish theater in Miami, I will demonstrate the ways in which claiming a space as a theatrical space, in addition to adding to the cultural development of our city, has contributed to the survival of theater as an art form, as an intangible cultural heritage of a community in the making. In so doing, I will also analyze the economic and socio-political transformation of the different communities that have contributed to the transformation of Miami into a global city.

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