Stereotypes and Performance Art

Quick! When you think of Mexico, what comes to your mind first?

  • Sunny beaches? Happy people? Narcotrafficking?

Next, if you were to read this announcement, what might you expect to see?
Carmín: Water Experiments This performance consists of a series of actions created by observing the liquids present in the works of Frida Kahlo and Pedro Almodóvar…”

  • I imagined a single performer at a table, doing chemistry-like experiments or magic.
  • Greg imagined it would be someone throwing paint on canvas or rolling around in paint on a tarp.

Either way, along with the desire for some “Saturday special ceviche” in our mouths, it was enough to get us down to the Pino Suarez Market this morning to check it out. And the wonderful “Intervenciones Urbanas” from Escena Mazatlán 2012 did not disappoint!

It most definitely was not sunny nor happy, but perhaps a good introduction to “Day of the Dead” season. I also very much liked that this wonderfully performed street art took place amidst the vegetables, pig’s feet, fruits and fresh fish of the public market!

Many thanks to Dra. Nara Salles and the 20-odd actors for a surprising and powerful performance!

About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

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