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Faxes a Rumberta (2000)

In this video documentation of ‘Faxes a Rumberta,’ Astrid Hadad brings the female body at the center of the stage. Through her songs and her comments, she discusses issues such as gender identities, political authoritarianism, religious dogmatism, feudalistic systems, and female submission and male machismo. Hadad’s performance follows a narrative through the story of Rumberta, who starts as an innocent provincial woman who breaks with the patriarchal traditions and travels alone to Mexico City, where finally she decides to live her life in her own terms. It is specially compelling the alternation and juxtaposition of contradictory discourses on her body and her voice, given that she enacts both male and female characters. At the end, her famous mustache is a prop that suggests that gender is nothing but a construction.

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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/t76hdt18

Additional Info

  • Title: Faxes a Rumberta
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 2003
  • Location: Performed in Mexico.
  • Type-Format: concert, cabaret
  • Cast: Astrid Hadad, protagonist ; Los Tarzanes, musicians.
  • Credits: Omar Ortiz, musical director.