Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:14

Interview with Tania Bruguera (2009)

Interview with Tania Bruguera, conducted by José Muñoz, during 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.

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Interview with Vivian Martínez Tabares, conducted by Mila Aponte-González, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:46

Interview with Viveca Vázquez (2007)

Interview with Viveca Vázquez, conducted by Beliza Torres as a part of the 6th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:19

Interview with Soni Moreno (2006)

In this interview, Soni Moreno (Mayan/Apache/Yaqui) reflects on her earlier years as a performer, arriving in New York City, and finding the American Indian Community House(AICH). During this time she also met her singing partner, Pura Fe (Tuscarora), and started the group Ulali

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:47

Interview with Drew Hayden Taylor (2005)

DIn this interview, Taylor talks about his use of humor, the way he feels about using Native issues in his work, and they way his work is received in different communities.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:38

Interview with Chris Eyre (2006)

In this interview, filmmaker Chris Eyre talks the reasons why he went into filmmaking, his early years as a filmmaker at NYU, and the influence he felt this educational foundation had on his work. Chris also reminisces about his early career, at a time when independent film was still a force in the media world, and the burgeoning Native film community that sprung up during this period.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:28

Interview with Alan Michelson (2005)

Shortly after the opening of his show, Revealing the Absent Indian, part of the New Tribes New York series at the National Museum of the American Indian, Alan Michelson talks about the exhibit, which is a retrospective of his work.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 17:46

Interview with Jesusa Rodríguez (2004)

Mexican director, actress, playwright, performance artist, scenographer, entrepreneur, and social activist Jesusa Rodríguez moves seemingly effortlessly and with vigor across the spectrum of cultural forms, styles, and tones. Her 'espectáculos' (as both spectacles and shows) challenge traditional classification, crossing with ease generic boundaries: from elite to popular to mass, from Greek tragedy to cabaret, from pre-Columbian indigenous to opera, from revue, sketch and 'carpa,' to performative acts within political projects. Humor, satire, linguistic play, and the body are constants in her productions. Rodriguez's energy is intense and her commitment non-negotiable, always interrogating the nature, site, and consequences of power and its representation.

In this interview the artist comments on her particular use and transformation of the genre of 'pastorela' (Nativity play) in her cabaret performances, as a tool for contesting political and religious fundamentalism in the Americas. The pastorelas, used by the Catholic Church as an evangelization tool during the Conquest, are usually based on a clean-cut distinction between Good and Evil, sustaining a binary thought that has fueled political, cultural and religious agendas in the American hemisphere. Rodríguez proposal to use the pastorela genre against the ideologically conservative institutions that originally introduced and used it, subversively mixes humor with religion in order to contest the Manichean politics at play in contemporary Western society. Performances like 'Concilio de Amor' and 'Pastorela Terrorista' are commented by the artist as examples of this performative strategy, which Rodríguez links to a broader concern with civic empowerment and education, issues of civil disobedience and popular participation.

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