playa perreo

Playa Perreo Part 3 of the series Retratos de Latinidad, an examination of Latinx joy and cultural self expression rooted in light, performance, sound and movement. Valentín Sánchez Stoddard is a queer non-binary artist of mixed El Salvadoran heritage. This…

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Playa Perreo

Part 3 of the series Retratos de Latinidad, an examination of Latinx joy and cultural self expression rooted in light, performance, sound and movement.

Valentín Sánchez Stoddard is a queer non-binary artist of mixed El Salvadoran heritage. This piece documents the simple joy of dancing to reggaetón at the beach. The song is called “No me Conoce” Remix by Jhay Cortez, J. Balvin and Bad Bunny.

“Often mistaken for reggae or reggae en Español, reggaeton is a younger genre which originated in the clubs of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1991. It became known as “underground” music, due to its circulation through informal networks and performances at unofficial venues. DJ Playero and DJ Nelson were inspired by hip hop and Latin American music to produce “riddims”, the first reggaeton tracks. As Caribbean and African-American music gained momentum in Puerto Rico, reggae rap in Spanish marked the beginning of the Boricua underground and was a creative outlet for many young people. This created an inconspicuous-yet-prominent underground youth culture which sought to express itself. As a youth culture existing on the fringes of society and the law, it has often been criticized.” [1]

“In Puerto Rico the word “perreo” is referred to the way reggaeton music is danced. It’s one way we call this type of dance. Its can be danced in many ways the most used ones are face to face or the guy behind the girl.Like many other dances it can be danced close together or with some space that is often the girls decision.
“A mi me gusta el perreo” “Vamos a perriar””[2]

[1] Mayra Santos, “Puerto Rican Underground”, Centro vol. 8 1 & 2 (1996), p. 219-23

[2] Anonymous, Urban Dictionary

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