Arturella Excerpt (2003)

Arthur Avilés’ Arturella (Excerpt, 2003) is a queer interpretation of the fairy tale Cinderella. Avilés uses his “autobiographical fantasy” method to recast the classic tale as a gay romance set in the South Bronx’s Latino community. He integrates Spanish and Spanglish into the narrative and assigns Latino names to all the characters in the fairy tale. Most of the movement in the dance is copied from the cartoon characters featured in Walt Disney’s motion picture Cinderella. It also features traditional Puerto Rican danza steps, as well as movement taken from West Side Story. The dance’s soundtrack is a collage of music and sounds taken from Disney’s Cinderella. Throughout the dance, the young effeminate Arturella (Arthur Avilés) is searching for community. Adopted by the evil step Maéva (Elizabeth Marrero) after his father died, Arturella faces hardships surrounding race, economics, and sexuality. Arturella perseveres, however, with the help of the Fairy God Maéva (Marrero) and finds his way to the Prince’s sweet-15 party (quinceañero). Arturella and the Prince (George Merced) dance together, but Arturella abruptly leaves the party. He has to return home to his evil step Maéva and evil stepsisters (Kaila Cordova and Alberto Denis), leaving a rainbow ribbon behind for the Prince to find him. The Prince searches for Arturella after the party and later rescues him from his evil family with King Maéva (Marrero). As the fairytale ends, the Prince and Arturella express their love for each other, punctuated by a long kiss in silence.


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  • Title: Arturella (excerpt)
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 0:26:57
  • Language: English
  • Date: 27 May 2003
  • Location: Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY, USA
  • Type-Format: performance, dance
  • Cast: Arthur Avilés, dancer ; Elizabeth Marrero, dancer ; Jorge B. Merced, dancer ; Alethea Pace, dancer ; Monica Figueroa, dancer ; Alberto Denis, dancer ; Kimberly Vasquez, dancer ; Pedro Jimenez, dancer ; Denis Darkeem, dancer ; Antonio Ramos, dancer ; Jule Jo Ramirez, dancer ; Masako Koga, dancer ; Juan Antonio Perez, dancer ; Miranda Benitez, dancer ; Kaila Cordova, dancer. Alberto Denis, dancer ; Angel Rodriguez, dancer.
  • Credits: Louis Shapiro, sound designer ; Chloe Brown, lighting designer ; Liz Prince, costume designer ; Peter Richards, videographer.