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Contemporary Theatre In Mayan Mexico

Author: Tamara L. Underiner
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292773730
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From the dramatization of local legends to the staging of plays by Shakespeare and other canonical playwrights to the exploration of contemporary sociopolitical problems and their effects on women and children, Mayan theatre is a flourishing cultural institution in southern Mexico. Part of a larger movement to define Mayan self-identity and reclaim a Mayan cultural heritage, theatre in Mayan languages has both reflected on and contributed to a growing awareness of Mayans as contemporary cultural and political players in Mexico and on the world's stage. In this book, Tamara Underiner draws on fieldwork with theatre groups in Chiapas, Tabasco, and Yucatán to observe the Maya peoples in the process of defining themselves through theatrical performance. She looks at the activities of four theatre groups or networks, focusing on their operating strategies and on close analyses of selected dramatic texts. She shows that while each group works under the rubric of Mayan or indigenous theatre, their works are also in constant dialogue, confrontation, and collaboration with the wider, non-Mayan world. Her observations thus reveal not only how theatre is an agent of cultural self-definition and community-building but also how theatre negotiates complex relations among indigenous communities in Mayan Mexico, state governments, and non-Mayan artists and researchers.

Maya Or Mestizo

Author: Ronald Loewe
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442601426
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This multifaceted and beautifully written ethnography of Maxcanu, a small Maya town in the Yucatan region of Mexico, offers both an historical and a contemporary understanding of the way external pressures to modernize are often met with forms of resistance that are rooted in rituals and oral tradition. The Maya of the Yucatan have long been drawn into the Mexican state's attempt to create modern Mexican citizens (mestizos). They have also been drawn into the North American and global economy through agriculture and, more recently, tourism and US-based evangelical organizations. Despite the many pressures to turn Mayas into mestizos, the citizens of Maxcanu use subtle forms of resistance, including humour, satire, and language, to maintain aspects of their traditional identity. Maya or Mestizo? skilfully weaves the history of Mexico into a compelling tale of a community caught between tradition and modernity.

Stages Of Conflict

Author: Diana Taylor
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472050273
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Stages of Conflict brings together an array of dramatic texts, tracing the intersection of theater and social and political life in the Americas over the past five centuries. Historical pieces from the sixteenth century to the present highlight the encounter between indigenous tradition and colonialism, while contributions from modern playwrights such as Virgilio Pinero, Jose Triana, and Denise Stolkos take on the tumultuous political and social upheavals of the past century. The editors have added critical commentary on the origins of each play, affording scholars and students of theater, performance studies, and Latin American studies the opportunity to view the history of a continent through its rich and diverse theatrical traditions.--from publisher's statement.

Monkey Business Theatre

Author: Robert M. Laughlin
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292778015
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In 1983, a group of citizens in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, formed Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative. In the two decades since, this group has evolved from writing and publishing bilingual booklets to writing and performing plays that have earned them national and international renown. Anthropologist Robert M. Laughlin has been a part of the group since its beginnings, and he offers a unique perspective on its development as a Mayan cultural force. The Monkey Business Theatre, or Teatro Lo'il Maxil, as this branch of Sna Jtz'ibajom calls itself, has presented plays in virtually every corner of the state of Chiapas, as well as in Mexico City, Guatemala, Honduras, Canada, and in many museums and universities in the United States. It has presented to the world, for the first time in drama, a view of the culture of the Mayas of Chiapas. In this work, Laughlin presents a translation of twelve of the plays created by Sna Jtz'ibajom, along with an introduction for each. Half of the plays are based on myths and half on the social, political, and economic problems that have confronted—and continue to confront—the Mayas of Chiapas.

Maya Conquistador

Author: Matthew Restall
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807055076
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Details the conquest of Yucatan by the Mayas, not the Spaniards, through original Maya texts written from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries

A Different Reality

Author: Anita K. Stoll
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838751664
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This anthology of materials by and about Elena Garro includes translations of two of her one-act plays and several essays that explore her theatrical and narrative pieces. Also presented are a personal interview and a chronology of her life by her own account.

Holy Terrors

Author: Diana Taylor
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822332404
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Holy Terrors presents exemplary original work by fourteen of Latin America's foremost contemporary women performance artists. Many of the pieces - excerpts from plays, one-acts, manifestos, and lyrics - appear in English for the first time. From Griselda Gambaro, Argentina's most widely recognized playwright to renowned performers including 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 - not only from Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, but also from 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 theater collectives - among them FOMMA and El Teatro de la Capilla in Mexico and El teatro de la máscara in Colombia. In addition to citing some of the great women performers of the mid-twentieth century, the more recent performers whose work is represented here draw liberally from popular theater styles of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century known as teatro frívolo or frivolous theatre. They combine the various styles of teatro frívolo such as cabaret, sketches, teatro de revista (revue), teatro de carpa (itinerant theatre), and street theatre. Holy Terrors is a unique English-language presentation of some of Latin America's fiercest, most provocative art.

Memory Transitional Justice And Theatre In Postdictatorship Argentina

Author: Noe Montez
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 0809336294
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"Charting the performances of an emergent generation of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, and multimedia artists, this book illustrates how the Argentine theatre has presented the country's shifting discourses on the dictatorship and transitional justice policies from the 1990s to the early years of the twenty-first century"--