Interview with Jesusa Rodríguez: On Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2010)

Interview with Jesusa Rodríguez: On Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2010) HIDVL

Interview with Jesusa Rodríguez, conducted by Diana Taylor, founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. In this interview, Jesusa Rodríguez talks about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and her poem ‘Primero Sueño’ (‘First Dream’), a baroque work of art that condenses the genius of the 17th-century Mexican nun. She is linked through memory, history, and feminist statements with her contemporary counterpart, Jesusa Rodríguez, who memorized the almost 1,000 verses of the poem as a part of a creative process that allowed her not only to develop a profound interpretation of its contents, but also a fully bodily internalization experience. This intense relationship with the poem helped her to survive in the everyday world, to strengthen her political struggle, and to fight oblivion. For Jesusa Rodríguez, Sor Juana’s poetry is both a-temporal and contemporary, and a source of inspiration and wisdom to keep working on acts of resistance. As a tribute, Jesusa Rodríguez uses theater to transmit the greatest poem of one of the greatest Mexican poets, and to make it visible and accessible to everyone. Diverse stage elements serve as tools to reveal specific parts of the poem, through a ‘striptease,’ or an autopsy that helps to understand the beauty of Sor Juana’s words.


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  • TItle: Interview with Jesusa Rodríguez
  • Alternate Title: On Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Date: 2010 Aug
  • Location: Recorded at the San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
  • Interviewee: Jesusa Rodríguez
  • Interviewer: Diana Taylor
  • Duration: 00:35:22
  • Language: Spanish