Argentina continues celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Barbados.
Last Friday, the local community enjoyed an evening of Argentine theatre, with the play La Négrophilie, at the Frank Collymore Hall.
The play is on the life and works of Josephine Baker which written and starred by Zakiya Iman Markland in collaboration with Argentine director and choreographer Tatiana Pandiani, who is the daughter of Argentine Ambassador to Barbados Gustavo Martinez Pandiani.
“The play . . . conveys a strong and inspirational message. It is a story about self-esteem and black self-love that will take you on the twisty ride of Josephine’s rise to international stardom, all the while leaving behind a trail of questions about the good, the bad, and the ugly of oppressive love,” Ambassador Pandiani told the gathering.
The Frank Collymore Hall was the sixth stop on the play’s international tour. Recently it graced stages in Rwanda, Uganda, New York City and Miami.
“I confess that my decision to bring La Négrophilie to Barbados at this time is not a coincidence. I strongly believe that a theatrical perspective on such profound issues is a perfect match for the culmination of Crop Over,” the ambassador said.
Argentine dancers Victoria Crisci and Rodrigo Malpezz graced the stage for the special occasion before the play.