Chicken Sushi (1987) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Chicken Sushi
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:18:11
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 1987
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Credits: Carmelita Tropicana, creator.

Chicken Sushi (1987)

This is a partial video documentation of the creation’s process of ‘Chicken Sushi.’ Carmelita Tropicana rehearses with the director and performs for the camera, offering fresh and funny reenactments in each scene. Carmelita introduces herself as "[...] I am Carmelita Tropicana. Miss Lower East Side 1985. Beauty Queen and Famous Night Club Entertainer [...]," to later telling her adventures and stories about the Lower East Side. She cooks up a special meal for the audience, which includes black beans, paprika, and chicken. While she sings in Japanese and Spanish, the transcultural serendipities of migration come together in her performance.


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