Cabaret prehispánico: Cielo de abajo (1992)

Cabaret prehispánico: Cielo de abajo (1992) HIDVL

This two-woman, one skeleton "prehispanic" cabaret follows the trajectory of a soul traversing the nine levels of a pre-Hispanic underworld. An indigenous woman mourns her dead lover, and decides to go to "el cielo de abajo" (the sky below) to look for her. The journey roughly follows the route mapped out in the Nahuas' sacred text "Popul Voh," as well as in Alfredo López Austin's book "Cuerpo humano e ideología: Las concepciones de los antiguos nahuas" (The Human Body and Ideology: The Ideas of the Ancient Nahuas). The script, partly Spanish and partly Nahuatl (the language of the so-called Aztecs) is loosely based on a prehispanic conception of the afterlife of mortal souls during their arduous trip to their final resting place. Ultimately, this cabaret performance poses a poetic exploration of love, gender, seduction, sacrifice, and death.


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  • Title: Cielo de abajo
  • Alternate Title: Sky below
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:02:26
  • Language: Spanish, Nahuatl
  • Date: Jun 1992
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodriguez, Liliana Felipe
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, writer, producer, original music ; Malú Huacuja, writer