Bufo theater performing Juan (Bolito) Landa applying blackface

Date: July 28, 1985

Source: S1577 , Container v. 43 , S87-1015 - S87-1026;

Type: Still Image

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  • Eleven color slides. Juan (Bolito) Landa was an actor at Miami's Pro Teatro Cubano, which presents bufo theater productions (Cuban vaudeville/satirical comedies). Bufo theater was often performed in Havana before Fidel Castro came to power. The character Landa played was El Negrito, a trickster figure who worked for Gallego, a Spanish businessman. For more of Landa and Pro Teatro Cubano, see S1577, v. 43, S87-1027 - S87-1043. For an interview with Landa, see S 1576, reel T85-141. The Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1986 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz and Laurie Sommers in order to identify folk arts and folk artists for the special folklife area at the 34th Annual Florida Folk Festival. The traditions are mainly Haitian, Jamaican, Mexican, Bahamian, Cuban and Jewish and cover a wide range of skills and art forms.

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