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The Fury of the Gods (2009) Photo/Foto: Frances Pollitt
  • Title: The Fury of the Gods
  • Alternate Title: La furia de los dioses
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 23 Aug 2009
  • Location: Mapa Teatro, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer; Susana Cook, creator; Carmen Oquendo, videographer.
  • Credits: Susana Cook, performer.

The Fury of the Gods (2009)

'La furia de los dioses' was presented as a part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title 'Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.' This 10-day event brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship. As a part of the Encuentro, performance artist Susana Cook coordinated a series of late-night performances that were staged in Mapa Teatro’s theater space – an old house where the ruins of the past coexist with the vitality of live performances. Every night, participants presented short, sometimes impromptu, cabaret-style performances, transforming Mapa Teatro into an open site for artistic experimentation and exchange. One of these performances was 'La furia de los dioses,' an exercise in pop blasphemy, an ecclesiastical experiment in heathenism. Written and performed by Susana Cook, - first in Spanish, then in English - 'La furia de los dioses' was a sharp political satire of biblical proportions that skewered the sacred and eviscerated evangelical fundamentalism suggesting that it may be the principal obstacle that stands in the way to intercultural understanding, creating a rhetoric of the state in order to justify segregation and oppression. All these issues were intertwined with a humoristic self-criticism, playing with the idea that evangelical fundamentalism might have mistaken where ‘heaven’ can be found.


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