Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform / Edition 1

Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform / Edition 1

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by Diana Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 082233240X

ISBN-13: 9780822332404

Pub. Date: 12/24/2003

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Holy Terrors presents exemplary original work by fourteen of Latin America’s foremost contemporary women theatre and performance artists. Many of the pieces—including one-act plays, manifestos, and lyrics—appear in English for the first time. From Griselda Gambaro, Argentina's most widely recognized playwright, to such renowned performers

Overview

Holy Terrors presents exemplary original work by fourteen of Latin America’s foremost contemporary women theatre and performance artists. Many of the pieces—including one-act plays, manifestos, and lyrics—appear in English for the first time. From Griselda Gambaro, Argentina's most widely recognized playwright, to such renowned performers as Brazil's Denise Stoklos and Mexico’s Jesusa Rodríguez, these women are involved in some of Latin America's most important aesthetic and political movements. Of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, they come from across Latin America—Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Cuba. This volume is generously illustrated with over seventy images. A number of the performance pieces are complemented by essays providing context and analysis.

The performance pieces in Holy Terrors are powerful testimonies to the artists' political and personal struggles. These women confront patriarchy, racism, and repressive government regimes and challenge brutality and corruption through a variety of artistic genres. Several have formed theatre collectives—among them FOMMA (a Mayan women’s theatre company in Chiapas) and El Teatro de la máscara in Colombia. Some draw from cabaret and ‘frivolous’ theatre traditions to create intense and humorous performances that challenge church and state. Engaging in self-mutilation and abandoning traditional dress, others use their bodies as the platforms on which to stage their defiant critiques of injustice. Holy Terrors is a unique English-language presentation of some of Latin America's fiercest, most provocative art.

Contributors
Sabina Berman
Tania Bruguera
Petrona de la Cruz Cruz
Diamela Eltit
Griselda Gambaro
Astrid Hadad
Teresa Hernández
Rosa Luisa Márquez
Teresa Ralli
Diana Raznovich
Jesusa Rodríguez
Denise Stoklos
Katia Tirado
Ema Villanueva

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332404
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xiii

Unimagined Communities / Diana Taylor and Roselyn Costantino 1

Diana Raznovich (Argentina) 25

Manifesto 2000 of Feminine Humor / Translated by Marlene Ramirez-Cancio and Shanna Lorenz 27

From the Waist Down / Translated by Shanna Lorenz 43

What is Diana Raznovich Laughing At? / Diana Taylor 73

Griselda Gambaro (Argentina) 93

Strip / Translated by Marguerite Feitlowitz 95

Diamela Eltit (Chile) 105

Excerpts from Lumperica (E. Luminata): "From Her Forgetfulness Project" and "Dress Rehearsal" / Translated by Ronald Christ 107

Diamela Eltit: Performing Action in Dictatorial Chile/ Robert Neustadt 117

Denise Stoklos (Brazil) 135

Selections from Writings on Essential Theatre/ Translated by Diana Taylor 137

Casa / Translated by Denise Stoklos and Diana Taylor 140

The Gestural Art of Reclaiming Utopia: Denise Stoklos at Play with the Hysterical-Historical / Leslie Damasceno 152

Astrid Hadad (Mexico) 179

Selected Lyrics and Monologue Fragments / Translated by Roselyn Costantino and Lorna Scott 181

Politics and Culture in a Diva's Diversion: The Body of Astrid Hadad in Performance / Roselyn Costantino 187

Jesusa Rodriguez (Mexico) 209

Sor Juana in Prison: A Virtual Pageant Play / Translated by Diana Taylor with Marlene Ramirez-Cancio 211

Nahuatlismo: The Aztec Acting Method / Translated by Marlene Ramirez-Cancio 227

The Conquest According to La Malinche / Translated by Marlene Ramirez-Cancio 231

Excerpts from "Genesis," "Barbie: The Revenge of the Devil,' and "Censorship: The Bald Rat in the Garbage" / Translated by Roselyn Costantino 235

Katia Tirado and Ema Villanueva (Mexico) 245

Wrestling the Phallus, Resisting Amnesia: The Body Politics of Chilanga Performance Artists / Antonio Prieto Stambaugh 247

Sabina Berman (Mexico) 275

The Agony of Ecstasy: Four One-Act Plays on a Single Theme / Translated by Adam Versenyi 279

Petrona de la Cruz Cruz (Mexico) 291

A Desperate Woman: A Play in Two Acts / Translated by Shanna Lorenz 293

Eso si pasa aqui: Indigenous Women Performing Revoultions in Mayan Chiapas / Teresa Marrero 311

Teatro la Mascara (Colombia) 331

Teatro la mascara: Twenty-Eight Years of Invisibilized Theatre / Marlene Ramirez-Cancio 333

Teresa Ralli (Peru) 353

Fragments of Memory / Translated by Margaret Carson 355

Excerpts from Antigona / Jose Watanabe, Translated by Margaret Carson 365

Rosa Luisa Marquez (Puerto Rico) 371

Between Theatre and Performance / Translation and photos by Miguel Villefane 373

Teresa Hernandez (Puerto Rico) 385

How Complex Being Is, or The Complex of Being / Translated by Marlene Ramirez-Cancio 387

Teresa Hernandez vs. the Puerto Rican Complex / Vivian Martinez Tabares, Translated by Margaret Carson 394

Tania Bruguera (Cuba) 399

Performing Greater Cuba: Tania Bruguera and the Burden of Guilt / Jose Munoz 401

Selected Bibliography 417

Contributors 441

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Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd like to start my review by saying that the books 'recommended' above are totally out of touch with this very book. Holy Terrors has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton's book, or a book on Iran or China. Holy Terrors deals with strong women from Latin America who -- in the early 70's -- started fighting their respective authoritarian governments (most of them Dictatorships)through their words, gestures and mainly through their love for their countries, country women and men alike. Holy Terrors gives its readers a somewhat wide view of what these performers have gone through to be heard and understood in their own countries and abroad. I recommend this book for those who are interested not only in feminist issues but also in recent Latin America history. A gem of a book.