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Interview with Mujeres Ajchowen: Mercedes Francisca García Ordoñez, Clara Alicia Sen Sipac (2018)

Interview with Mujeres Ajchowen: Mercedes Francisca García Ordoñez, Clara Alicia Sen Sipac (2018) HIDVL
In their interview with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Mercedes Francisca García Ordóñez and Clara Alicia Sen Sipac describe the membership, genesis, methods, repertoire, and ambitions of their Mayan women-centric theater collective Mujeres Ajchowen. Though the majority of the interview is conducted in Spanish, they begin and end speaking the indigenous language Mam, as much of their theater practice is about recovering and valorizing Mayan cultural practices and identity. They explain how pieces of theirs such as "IXKIK" and "XIMONIK" (which they call "montajes" or "stagings") allow women to "perform leadership from the theater" ("hacer liderazgo desde el teatro"). These pieces allow them to critique patriarchy and religion, while also honoring ancestral memory

Biography

Mercedes Francisca García Ordóñez and Clara Alicia Sen Sipac are members of the women's Mayan theater collective Mujeres Ajchowen (Ajchowen is a word in the classic Mayan language of the Popol Vuh meaning "artists")

Media

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/280gb65q

Additional Info

  • Date: May 18, 2018
  • Location: (Hemi Office) New York, New York
  • Interviewee: Mujeres Ajchowen (Mercedes Francisca García Ordoñez and Clara Alicia Sen Sipic)
  • Interviewer: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio
  • Duration: 41:01
  • Language: Spanish