You are invited to events with Josefina Báez during the next two weeks. Here’s a little bit about her and her work:
Josefina Báez is a performer, theatre director, writer, educator, storyteller, and devotee. Born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Báez moved to New York City at the age of twelve. Báez is the author of ten self-published works, all of which are highly personal and transnational in scope. In these groundbreaking literary texts, she explores the cultural clash between the immigrant and the receiving society, as well as the diverse and complex expressions of Dominicanness as they develop within the diaspora and the sending society. Báez’s pioneer works have been reviewed and discussed in academic articles, dissertations, and books published by scholars throughout the Americas and Europe. Her performance theatre is interdisciplinary in format. She has performed, and has also led courses, workshops, and master classes around the world.
Báez is the director of Latinarte/Ay Ombe Theatre, which she founded in April 1986. Ay Ombe Theatre, as stated in its mission “is that space where the creative work becomes the spirit’s expression”. Over the years, Báez has developed a philosophy called Performance Autology, a creative process based on “the biography of the doer” and the “healing of the practitioner”. Since 2004, Báez has convened international theatre retreats in locations such as New Zealand, Chile, India, New York State, and Black Mountain, North Carolina where she imparts lessons from Performance Autology. During the retreats, participants engage in a series of healing activities, including meditation, walking, Chinese calligraphy, story-telling, performance and writing, among others.
“One of the most important interventions that, to my knowledge, reflects on the Dominican cultural experience, we owe it to Josefina Báez, a New York-based performance artist, with her piece Dominicanish. Dominicanish offers an open ontological framework where everything that empirically fits in the lives of the Dominican diaspora is part of the identity formation of what we are as a nation, here and there” – Prof. Silvio Torres-Saillant (Syracuse University). Desde la orilla: Hacia una nacionalidad sin desalojo. 2004
Dominicanish, latest published version, September 2017:
 “Ay Ombe Theatre/Josefina Baez: Ay Ombe”. http://ayombe.webs.com/ayombe.htm. Accessed September 25, 2014.
 “Ay Ombe Theatre/Josefina Baez: Retreat”. http://ayombe.webs.com/retreat.htm. Accessed September 25, 2014.