Arawak’Opia (Bomba)

Arawak’Opia (Dance/Spirit of our Ancestors)
Artistic Director: Charly Barbera
2017 MacArthur International Connections Recipient

Arawak’Opia is a traditional Puerto Rican Bomba group born at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Chicago’s only youth Bomba group has two solid years of performances at some of the most prestigious stages in Chicago and Puerto Rico, including Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián 2017 (San Juan, PR) Shakespeare in the Parks 2015 and 16 (Chicago), Victor Manuelle’s 2015 North America Tour (Chicago), Miguel Zenón’s 2016 Residency at the University of Chicago and SRBCC, The 2016 Chicago Latin Jazz Festival, the Opening Ceremony of The 606 (June 2015, Chicago), and the Colombian Fest (Chicago 2017).


Upcoming Shows

7.25.17 – Churchill Park, Night Out In the Parks 

6:00 pm | 1825 N. Damen Ave.| Chicago, Illinois 60614

8.03.17 – Shakespeare In The Parks | Kelvyn Park

6:00 pm | 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave. | Chicago, Illinois 60639


News/El Nuevo Día – Article/ Video

Read the full article in Spanish. Lea el artículo completo en español.



Arawak’Opia Members:

Nicole Bizarro, Jesús Campos, Lilyana Echevarria, Monica Layne, Myleene Marrero, Xavier Marrero, Jessika Rojas, Xeonellee Roldán, Yamese Roldán, Mariah Maldonado.