Jodie Foster joined the WAYRA cast after August 15th’s performance.
Metro calls WAYRA “immediate, visceral and powerful enough to transport you to a more primal state”. Read More »
Behind the scenes at WAYRA. See exclusive photos of the cast in rehearsal and find out how the cast and crew work together to create the show each night “despite pounding drums, loud music, mist, water, fog and darkness.” Read More »
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Roumel Reaux, WAYRA's stage manager, shares with tdf Stages the communication that must happen in order to make WAYRA a success every night. “Cast, crew, and spectators are all participants, working together to create something in the living, breathing, present tense.” Read More >
Diqui was born in 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 18, he started taking theatre lessons, in spite of never having attended a theatre before. He left the theatre school (Conservatorio Nacional) six months after having begun his studies. After that, Diqui enrolled in acting classes with various teachers for the next four years. In 1987, he formed part of La Organizacion Negra (1985-1992), an independent theatre group that created its own plays. He performed in the group’s plays: UORC (‘86-‘87), La Tiroleza (‘88-‘90), and Almas Exterminadas (‘91-‘92). In 1993, together with some of his mates from L.O.N., Diqui co-founded De La Guarda (1993-2006). In 2002, with many of the members of De La Guarda, he founded Fuerza Bruta with the goal to form a company in which creativity and experimentation are priority.
Gaby was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 18th, 1964. During his adolescence, he was encouraged by his older brother Anibal to take music lessons. He later played keyboards in several jazz-rock and pop bands. In 1985 he was introduced to La Organizacion Negra, a group that revolutionized the Argentine theatre scene, and composed the music for their three shows:U.O.R.C (1986), La Tirolesa (1988) and Almas Examinadas (1992). In 1993, the group dissolved and two of their members, Diqui James and Pichon Baldinu, formed De La Guarda. Gaby began working on various other projects including video, film and dance endeavors, but De La Guarda was always given top priority. Starting this year, Gaby began work with Diqui James on a new show called Fuerza Bruta, featuring a more electronic and pop sensibility without losing its tribal and percussive roots.
Michael Cohl’s career spans over 50 years in the entertainment business producing music tours (including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2 and Barbra Streisand), television (including Pete Seeger: Power of Song - Emmy Award,LENNONYC = Peabody Award & Emmy Award, and Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song), film (includingLive at the Max and Shine Your Light), children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! - 2010 Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content, and Broadway (including Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Rock of Ages, Spamalot - TONY Award, Bombay Dreams, and La Cage aux Folles). Michael has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Among the many other awards, Michael has also been honored with the Billboard Legend of Live Award, the TJ Martell Foundation Man of the Year and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement. Michael is the founder and Chairman of S2BN Entertainment Corporation.
S2BN is a diversified international family show and event entertainment company specializing in the acquisition, development and production of high-caliber touring exhibitions, unique live music tours and events, theatrical performances as well as consumer and multimedia product offerings. Current projects include Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, Rock of Ages, Bodies: the Exhibition and the award winning children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City! Past projects include concert tours for the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Pink Floyd and U2.
Ozono Producciones SRL is an Argentinean company devoted to the production & promotion of live shows and events, artists, TV and radio shows. Ozono’s members were pioneers in show business in Argentina. In recent years, Ozono has carried out the integral production of local shows, likeFuerza Bruta, which has already been staged in various cities around the world such as New York, London, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Berlin, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Manila, Tel Aviv, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Madrid and Mexico City, among others. The success of our international concerts, festivals, musicals, plays and family events are the result of a professional and enthusiastic hard working team headed by Fernando Moya, Ozon’s President.
Stephen currently serves as the President of S2BN Entertainment, and brings over 10 years of live entertainment experience to his team. Starting his career at the age of 20, Stephen gained his extensive knowledge of the international entertainment industry working for The Rolling Stones’ worldwide tours in 2002 and 2005. Subsequently in 2006, Stephen was hired by Michael Cohl’s S2BN Entertainment and over the last 8+ years has served as the Tour Producer for Bodies: The Exhibition, Executive Producer of Fuerza Bruta WAYRA while overseeing the Events and Children’s Divisions for S2BN Entertainment.
Blackbyrd Entertainment, Inc. is a dynamic production and theatrical management company with over 15 years of experience. Founded by Bryan K.L. Byrd III, Blackbyrd Entertainment has effectively produced and managed international and domestic tours and off-Broadway productions including The Wizard of Oz, Virtuosity, The Play 666, Cooking at the Cookery,Summer of ‘42,Three Mo’ Tenors, Brooklyn the Musical (pre-production), Fuerza Bruta and Lady Gaga’s iTunes Festival performance and A Time To Kill on Broadway.
Stephanie Klapper Casting’s work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, and on television, film, and the internet. Projects she has been involved with have won numerous awards including the Tony, OBIES, Artios, and the Pulitzer Prize, Sundance Audience Award, Cannes Prize Du Publique and Comic Con awards. Upcoming and Selected recent Broadway and Off-Broadway: All That Fall (Trevor Nunn director/US Casting/59 E 59); Bronx Bombers (Circle in the Square); Fuerza Bruta (Daryl Roth Theatre); A Christmas Story, the Musical (Bushell Theatre, Hartford; Wang in Boston, Madison Square Garden Theatre); The Model Apartment; Bronx Bombers; Harbor (Primary Stages); The A Christmas Story, the Musical (2012 Tony Nominations); Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony Nomination); The Seagull;The Tempest (NY Classical Theatre); Emotional Creature; an oak tree NY/LA(Artios award winner). Resident casting director for The Pearl Theatre Company, Primary Stages, New York Classical Theatre, Fuerza Bruta. NY Casting for many Regional Theatres. Independent Feature films include: Alice Jacobs is Dead, Roberta, Feast of the Goat; Sidewalk Stories. Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising, the video; Battery Park, webisode. Television: Lazytown. Member of The Casting Society of America and League of Professional Theatre Women.
Off-Broadway: Phoenix; Tennessee Williams’s The Two Character Play; Handle With Care; Grounded; Triassic Parq; 7th Monarch; Lidless; Tales From The Tunnel; Glimpses of The Moon; Out of Town: Frog Kiss; Rest, In Pieces;Wallenberg-The Musical; Ongoing: The Actors Studio Drama School MFA Rep (2011-current seasons); Touring: Truth Values; Under Development: Chix 6
Tincho Garcia hails from Argentina, but has been working in New York since 1998. He first came to the city with De La Guarda, and later with Fuerza Bruta. He has also had the opportunity to travel the world with these two amazing shows, and continues to bring the Fuerza Bruta experience to many people around the world.