Hemispheric New York Events

Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.

Cine vivo: Salón de Belleza, by Mario Bellatin and Marcela Rodríguez

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
6–8 pm

Simultaneous screening of Salón de belleza: cine vivo with readings by writer Mario Bellatin and live music played by composer Marcela Rodríguez. The movie is a cinematographic adaptation of Bellatin’s novel Salón de belleza (2000), and was directed by the two artists in collaboration with a local group of teenagers. Open discussion and reception to follow.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10003


(This event will be conducted in Spanish)

Mario Bellatin is a Mexican writer. He studied Theology and Film Studio. He has over forty books published with translations into fifteen languages. Winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia, Mazatlan, The Barbara Gitiings Literature Award and Antonin Artaud Awards. In 2012, he was curator of Documenta 13, Kassel. Among his most important projects, besides writing, are the Dynamic School of Writers, The Hundred Thousand Books of Bellatin and the film Bola Negra the Cd. Juarez Musical (2013).

Marcela Rodríguez is a Mexican composer. She has written a great deal for voice, including her four operas La Sunamita and Séneca o todo nos es ajeno (Seneca or everything is alien to us). Her third opera “Las Cartas de Frida” was world premiered in Heidelberg, Germany, in October 2011. She also composed with celebrated writer Mario Bellatin, a choral opera-film: Bola Negra (Festival Cervantino 2013). She has composed plenty of music for orchestra, chorus and solo singers and for theatre and contemporary dance in Mexico and the United States. Besides her activity as a composer, Marcela Rodriguez is director of Puentes (Bridges), a contemporary music festival that aims to build collaborations between composers and performers from Mexico and Spain. She was curator of the contemporary music area of Mexartes-Berlin and has been jury of several international contests in Mexico, Spain and Colombia.

Solo por ser indios, La voz de los lonkos, and Esa ruca llamada Chile, A conversation with Pedro Cayuqueo

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
6 pm

On the occasion of the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, New York University, through its Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and in conjunction with the Embassy of Chile in the United States and Editorial Catalonia Cordially invite you to the launch of Solo por ser indios, La voz de los lonkos, and Esa ruca llamada Chile, by renowned Mapuche and Chilean writer and journalist Pedro Cayuqueo.

Opening remarks will be offered by the Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdés, Acting Director of NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, Macarena Gómez-Barris, and Nilo Cayuqueo, Mapuche leader from Argentina and member of the United Nation’s Notable Indigenous Elder’s Council. The author will be present at the event, which will be moderated by CLACS Global Distinguished Professor, Jorge Castañeda.

Hemmerdinger Hall, New York University
100 Washington Square East

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Call for Performers: CEGOS (Blind), an artistic street intervention, seeks participants for a day-long action in New York City on October 4th, 2014

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Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 22, 2014

Dozens of executives dressed in suits and ties and carrying briefcases, covered head to toe in mud, walk in slow motion with their eyes blindfolded. As they walk, they intermingle with the street passengers, destabilizing the daily flow of the financial and political life of the city. Each iteration ofCEGOS is different, adapting to the people and the city that surround it. Past performances have taken place in Paris, São Paulo, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, and Funchal, Portugal, as well as all over Brazil.

We are seeking participants to attend a special two-day workshop and participate in the first-ever New York City performance of CEGOS. This is a very special opportunity to work on a world-renowned street project with leading artists from Brazil.

Individuals must commit to attending both workshop days to be eligible to participate in the performance. Please read below the following details carefully. Performer applications are available here.


Thursday, 10/2, 4–8pm
Friday, 10/3, 4–8pm
LaMaMa's Rehearsal Space
47 Great Jones Street (Click for map)

Set-up and Performance

Saturday, 10/4, 9am–3pm
Route TBA

Individuals will be required to provide their own clothing for the performance.

suit, shirt, tie, slacks, dress shoe and briefcase

skirt or slacks, shirt, blazer, dress shoe, and purse or briefcase

Costume Tips: We suggest buying pieces from a thrift store as they will be all covered with clay. Beige, white or light brown colors are more easily covered with clay. Wigs make for easier removal of the clay from hair. Additionally, all participants should wear a swim suit underneath their costume and bring a towel and a pair of slippers to dry off after the performance.

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CEGOS is presented by Laboratório de Práticas Performativas da Universidade de São Paulo and Dançando com a Diferença, with support of Desvio Coletivo and in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Art in Odd Places.

Promotion: Laboratório de Práticas Performativas da Universidade de São Paulo and Dançando com a Diferença
Conception: Marcelo Denny and Marcos Bulhões
Production: Marcelo Denny, Marcos Bulhões, Priscilla Toscano and Dançando com a Diferença, in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Art in Odd Places
Workshop Coordinators: Marcelo Denny, Marcos Bulhões and Priscilla Toscano
Executive Production: Rui Castro (Dançando com a Diferença)

The Potency of Indigenous Bibles and Biographies: Mapuche Shamanic Literacy and Historical Consciousness

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo | SUNY Buffalo
Friday, October 24, 2014
2–4 pm

Mapuche oral shamanic biographies and performances—some of which take the form of “Bibles” and shamanic literacies—play a central role in the production of indigenous history in southern Chile. In this article I explain how and why a mixed-race Mapuche shaman charged me to write about her life and practice in the form of a “Bible.” This book would become a ritual object and a means of storing her shamanic power by textualizing it, thereby allowing her to speak to a future audience. The realities and powers her “Bible” stores can be extracted, transformed, circulated, and actualized for a variety of ends, even to bring about shamanic rebirth. Ultimately, I argue that through their use and interpretation of this “Bible,” Mapuche shamans in southern Chile expand academic notions of indigenous history and literacy.