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Ileana Solis Palma Childhood in an Impoverished Neighborhood

In this excerpt, Ileana discusses being raised by a hardworking middle-class mother within the economically impoverished neighborhood of Calidonia and the centrality of art to her personal development.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Studying Dance of the Devil

In this excerpt, Solís discusses studying the dance of the devil in 1994 under the tutelage of Celedonio Molinar, legionary Major Devil of Portobelo, Panama and receiving permission from the Congo King and Queen to dress and dance as a devil in 1995.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma One-Person Performance to Celebrate Major Devil Tradition

In this excerpt, Solís discusses the one-person performance that she created through her theater company to celebrate Celedonio and the Major Devil tradition of Portobelo, Panama.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Participation in Los Trashumantes

In this excerpt, Ileana discusses her participation with “Los Trashumantes,” the only theater group in Panama that was paid to do community theater and the Omjar Torrijos’ support for artistic culture.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Ritualized Preparation to Transform into Major Devil

In this excerpt, Solís discusses the ritual process that Celedonio used to prepared to “transform” into the Major Devil character.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Economy and Violent Embodiment of Devils

In this excerpt, Solís discusses the relationship between the economy and the increasingly violent ways in which younger generations of devils within Congo traditions of Panama embody the character.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Energy and Magnetism of Celedonio

In this excerpt, Ileana discusses the unique energy and magnetism that made Celedonio Molinar’s embodiment of the devil character within the Congo tradition of Portobelo, Panama so special.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Legacy of Celedonio

In this excerpt, Solís discusses what she believes is the legacy of Celedonio Molinar, renowned Major Devil in the Congo tradition of Portobelo, Panama.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Philosophy of Art and Community Theater

In this excerpt, Solís discusses her philosophy of art and the power of community theater as a communicative tool. She is committed to theater that energizes, surprises, engages, and maintains the ability to engender change.

September 29, 2023

Ileana Solis Palma Enchantment at Seeing Celedonio

In this excerpt, Solís discusses the enchantment she felt the first time that she witnessed Celedonio Molinar performing the role of Major Devil, the baptism of the devils, and how she learned about the performance traditions of Portobelo, Panama.

September 29, 2023