Carmelita Tropicana: The Muses

Carmelita Tropicana: The Muses Julio Pantoja

The Muses

Cabaret collage by Alina Troyano, writer and creator of the Carmelita Tropicana persona. In the eighties Carmelita was described as a “Carmen Miranda cloaked in dangerous fruits.” Las Musas looks at the creation of a persona, and examines icons/iconoclasts Sor Juana, a Mexican 17th century poet/nun, and Marlene Dietrich, a German-born 20th century actor/cabaret singer.


Alina Troyano (a.k.a.Carmelita Tropicana) is a Cuban-born performance artist, playwright, and actor who has presented work internationally, from el Museo del Barrio in NYC to Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin. Her book, I, Carmelita Tropicana: Performing Between Cultures includes plays, monologues, performance art pieces, and short stories.


Carmelita Tropicana: The Muses Edited by Victor Bautista

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (São Paulo): Sesc Vila Mariana - Acesso Balcão do Teatro
  • Date: January 16, 2013
  • Country: Cuba, United States