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Program for Kan't Translate/Tradúcelo Program for Kan't Translate/Tradúcelo
  • Title: Kan't Translate/ Tradúcelo
  • Alternate Title: Kan't Translate/ Translate it!
  • Holdings: program, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:58:39
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: April 1992
  • Location: Anfiteatro Julia de Burgos, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Type-Format: dance
  • Cast: Teresa Hernández, Eduardo Alegría, Alejandra Martorell, Dorcas Román, Viveca Vázquez
  • Credits: Concepto y coreografía: Viveca Vázquez con la colaboración de Taller de Otra Cosa

Kan't Translate / Tradúcelo (1992)

Video documentation of Puerto Rican experimental dance performance Kan’t Translate – Tradúcelo, choreographed by Viveca Vázquez and performed in the University of Puerto Rico. This piece explores the idea of speaking bodies on stage and questions the language that we pretend to ‘understand.’ The second part of the title, Tradúcelo (Translate it), addresses the audience, and shows a trusting in the capacity of communication through the language of the body. This piece contrasts harmony and rupture, as well as individual movements and group movements, exploring a different notion of the idea of ‘choreography.’ Also, the continuous alternation between absences and presences on stage dialogues with the video insert that presents a letter to ‘Dear Mr. Governor, Majesty,’ which becomes another kind of ‘presence’ on stage, both made of words and rooted in political power. The last part of this performance explores the language of dance and theatre, and incorporates humor as another form of communication and political satire.

 


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