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Ela Troyano

Ela Troyano is a writer, director, and producer born in La Habana and based in New York City. Her sister, Alina Troyano (aka Carmelita Tropicana), is a longtime collaborator,

In Conversation

Carmelita Tropicana with Ela Troyano

Art imitates life, though today a lot is the other way around. You always pushed the boundaries much before I did. You had vision and got us to relocate to the wild East Village in the eighties where crime and drugs made rents cheap and artists came in droves to a neighborhood that looked like a bombed-out Berlin after the war and performance clubs sprung up, operating with no licenses or city permits.


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SEPT 2023

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