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Agua, Vida y Tierra (work-in-process)

Agua, Vida y Tierra is a bilingual multi-disciplinary installation exploring the colonial status of Puerto Rico and the aftermath of Hurricane María. Devised from interviews and media captured on the island, this 360° experience is a testament to the power of art within tragedy.


FEB 2022 (Performance dates TBD)




BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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What Will The Neighbors Say?, Agua, Vida y Tierra. Photo by Andrew Watkins

Devised by Pablo Calderón Santiago and What Will the Neighbors Say?

In this BRIClab residency, Pablo Calderón Santiago and What Will the Neighbors Say? will work on their new piece, Agua, Vida y Tierra.

Agua, Vida y Tierra is a multi-disciplinary installation exploring the lives of the survivors of Hurricane María juxtaposed with the historical circumstances that have created such a state of disrepair in the current conditions of the island. Originally conceived as a play, this multi-media installation is designed to be experienced by individuals, creating an intimate and personal experience for each audience member. Featuring footage from a collection of interviews conducted on the island from 2018-2021, the installation combines soundscapes, projections, live performance, music and movement to create an entire ecosystem of design that immerses the individual audience member in the rich tapestry of the island’s history and culture over a rolling 15-minute installation. Part epic poem, part historical drama, part celebration and part liturgy, this installation brings to life the passion of the island’s inhabitants through video, sound, poetry, projection, music, dance and text.

This installation is produced by What Will the Neighbors Say?, a Brooklyn-based theatre company with the mission to provoke questions through untold stories. Led by a collaborative cohort of international artists, the Neighbors present overlooked social, cultural and historical narratives that challenge the audience to reflect on the current moment.

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What Will The Neighbors Say?, Agua, Vida y Tierra. Photo by Andrew Watkins

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What Will The Neighbors Say?, Agua, Vida y Tierra. Photo by Andrew Watkins


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Photo: Hao Zheng

Pablo Calderón-Santiago (Photographer and Videographer) is a multimedia artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2015 he received a BA in film production with a focus in film photography from Emerson College. He’s currently based in Brooklyn and works doing lighting and tech for fine art and commercial photoshoots. Calderón-Santiago started his creative life as an actor with Puerto Rican theater collective Jóvenes del ‘98 as well as appearances on TV and in commercials. Outside of photography, Calderón-Santiago has directed two shorts, a music video, and conducted research and translation for feature-length documentaries.

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Photo: Pablo Calderón-Santiago

What Will the Neighbors Say? (Production Company) fights for a more empathetic world by presenting risky, provocative theatre that provokes conversations and facilitates greater understanding. Championing our community's capacity to explore ambiguous and nuanced themes, we create morally complex genre-bending work that challenges our audiences before, during and after a presentation. Armed with the understanding that meaningful conversations require varied perspectives, we build Neighborhoods across borders to facilitate new connections throughout our communities. Since the company was founded, WWTNS? has premiered seven original plays in five cities in four countries on two continents, and presented a further nineteen. The company has launched our education and community arts departments, and created jobs for over one hunred artists - 75% of them femme/GNB identifying and 50% of them BIPOC.


BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to advance opportunities for visual artists, performers, and media makers. BRIClab offers emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, mentorships, and opportunities to share their work. The residency aims to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by supporting long term growth and fostering relationships across disciplines.

The program's four tracks are Contemporary ArtFilm + TVPerforming Arts, and Video Art. Each track offers unique resources designed to meet the needs of varied artistic practices. Residents receive additional financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities, and documentation of their work. In-process public programs for the 2021/2022 cohort will take place from September 2021 through April 2022.

COVID Protocol

In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of vaccination for entry in addition to a photo ID that matches vaccination record. While BRIC remains committed to creating open and accessible visual art experiences for all of New York City, we must also ensure the safety of our staff, our audiences and the communities that we serve. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House vaccination policy, visit:

Venue Information:

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough. **In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, please note that this event will require proof of vaccination for entry. View our full COVID-19 safety protocals here.**

BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Cristina Tamarez at or 718.683.5610.