Video Work: Documentation of "La MaMa Benefit for Chilean Refugees" (1974)


This video documents the 1974 La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club special event “The La MaMa Benefit for Chilean Refugees”. The event was organized by Elizabeth Swados and Artistic Coordinators Nelly Vivas and Ozzie Rodriguez. The production included dance, music, theater, and film by a wide variety of artists. Among others, these included “Homage to Chile” by the Alejandra Dondines Latin American Folkloric Dance Co., the Native American Theatre Ensemble of La MaMa E.T.C. in “The Land Remembers” directed by Ozzie Rodriguez, Jimmy Miller, and screenings of “I am Pablo Neruda” by Harold Mantell and “The Tempest” by Peter Brooks.

This video depicts only one segment of the larger event, “Song Cycle” written by Elizabeth Swados and sung by Michelle Collison that was based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda and newspaper articles. This video was originally shot using a Portapak camera.

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