Strange Democracy (2010)

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Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Border Brujo stopped by NYC to share his spoken word’s enchantments. Always at the center of discussions about US anti-immigration policies, Fulana’s Fabi Fernández opens the show reading the impossible instructions to apply for a visa to the US, while Guillermo Gómez-Peña reminds to whomever it might concern that ‘we are here precisely because you were there.’ Gómez-Peña exposes the contradictions of US anti immigration and anti Spanish language enforcement with his well-known linguistic mix that jumps from Spanish to English, Spanglish, and unknown tongues,. He also generously offers a Spanish lesson for gringo friends who have to work with Latinos (with Barbi and Fabi’s help) addressing the ups and downs of ‘intercultural’ relations. Moreover, in this particular occasion, Gómez-Peña’s persona deals with the coming of years, his fear of loosing his Chicano mojo, and his sexual pathologies with a computer. Between eroticism and imaginary political speeches, 'GGP' shows the power of spoken word, the power of performance art, and how great it feels to imagine.


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  • Título: Strange Democracy
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duração: 01:22:23
  • Idioma: English, Spanish
  • Data da performance: 31 Mar 2010
  • Lugar: Performed at El Museo del Barrio in New York City.
  • Type/Format: performance
  • Cast/Performers: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Andrea Thome, performers.