America the Beautiful (2002)

America the Beautiful (2002) Marlène Ramírez-Cancio

Video documentation of Nao Bustamante's solo performance America the Beautiful presented as part of the 3rd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2002 in Lima, Peru under the title "Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere." America the Beautiful is a body-narrative, which begins with the performer literally setting the stage. Through the rituals of feminine transformation, using clear packing tape and haphazard make-up, Bustamante creates a distorted reality of beauty with all of its eros and defeat. This tragic/comedy takes the viewer on a bizarre circus-like adventure of ladder climbing and breath-holding tension.

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  • Title: America the Beautiful
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:01:53
  • Language: English
  • Date: July 2002
  • Location: Lima, Peru, as part of the Third Annual Hemispheric Institute Seminar entitled Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere.
  • Type-Format: performance, performance art
  • Cast: Nao Bustamante.
  • Credits: Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer ; Nao Bustamante, creator ; Raúl Gallegos, videographer; Nadia Baram, videographer.