Cabaret prehispánico: Arquetipas (2004)

Cabaret prehispánico: Arquetipas (2004) Lorie Novak

In this bilingual 'pre-Hispanic' cabaret performance, Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe perform some of their staple characters and songs, in a satiric commentary on how US foreign policy, neoliberalism, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are affecting Latin America. 'Freaka Kahlo,' 'la Serpiente Enchilada' and the 'Coatlicue' are some of the queer 'arquetypical' characters performed by Rodríguez; through ingenious neologisms and humorous wordplay, they pose a critique to consumer society, repressive US policies against illegal migrants, the imposition of transgenic corn in Mexico (which is currently endangering the ecodiversity of native corn), and the opening of an American megastore (the controversial Walmart) nearby the pre-Columbian pyramids of Teotihuacán. Renown songs by Felipe - 'Tienes que decidir,' 'Mala,' 'El maíz,' among others - provide a powerful antiphonal commentary on these issues, bringing together the social and the personal in a engaging take on queer politics. The artists close the performance with their famous song 'Popocateptl,' a parodic version of Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo's most well-known work, 'Huapango.'


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  • Title: Cabaret prehispanico: Arquetipas
  • Alternate Title: Arquetipas: A Prehispanic Cabaret
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:26:05
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 10 Nov 2004
  • Location: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, as part of the MéxicoNOW festival
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez (protagonist), Liliana Felipe (protagonist)
  • Credits: Arts International, producer ; Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer ; Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, creator, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, creator, producer, music ; Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, songs translation

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