Ensalada León Felipe (1991)

Ensalada León Felipe (1991) HIDVL

This is a hand-held video documentation of an evening of cabaret performance at El Hábito in 1991. It is not a play, but rather a free-flowing interaction between the performers/hostesses and the audience. Liliana Felipe walks on stage wearing a Viking hat and a skin-tight blue bodysuit, helping "Pita Amor" (an elderly Mexican poetess, played by Jesusa Rodríguez) to her seat. While Liliana plays well-known songs from her repertoire, Pita Amor reads poems, jokes with the audience, orders Liliana around, and comments on everything from love, to the government, to feminism, all peppered with the periodical request for "un drink" and her repeated assertion "How I hate physical decay!" Among the audience members are Marta Lamas, founder and director of Debate Feminista (a leading feminist journal in Mexico) and Elena Poniatowska, one of Mexico's most renowned literary figures, about whom Liliana sings a song at the end of the show. This video is a testimony to the kind of space El Hábito is: a hotbed for intellectuals, feminists, gay rights activists and open-minded, progressive people who want to be engaged by a smart and critical humor.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/q83bk3qk

Additional Info

  • Title: Ensalada León Felipe
  • Alternate Title: León Felipe salad
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:49:59
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: Aug 1991
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe, performers
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer, original music