Conversation on Melodrama Mexicano
Is it possible to feel deeply wihtout falling into a melodramatic cliche? How far we can go for a portion of melodrama? Why is this exotic latin way of feeling so attractive to other cultures as well?
Performance that analyzes Mexican melodrama with a playful combination of video art, dance, kitchen conversations and intervened Mexican films. It points out gender clichés, movie stereotypes and fotonovela body language, and their roll in predetermining non conscious ways of feeling, behaving and reacting in relationships.
The performance creates a distance to see melodrama under other points of view, disattaching from its impulsive nature and bringing into question what does emotional management means and if such thing exist. Experiences of Europeans in Mexico, of Mexicans in Europe, all trying to figure out how to negotiate with such different ways of expressing emotions, we offer sincere questions, personal stories, momentary absurd solutions, and a taste of typical Mexican food!
Duration: 60 min.
Concept, performer and video artist: Cristina Maldonado Performers: Barbara Pradzinska, Dora Bouzkova Light Design: Patrik Sedlák Pictures: Jan Morávek, Israel Medina
Performed in: México, Poland, Czech Republic. Main Jail for Women and in the University of Mexico City UACM; in the Biennial of Contemporary Art Mediations and in República Femenina Festival both in Poznán, Poland; in theater NOD and in the Ibero American Festival Transteatral in Theater Celetná in Prague, Czech Republic.