Collection Title: American Indian Community House collection
Title: Coatlicue Theater Company
Alternate Title: Indian Summer 2006
Alternate Title: Holding up the sky [excerpts]
Date: 2006 Apr. 29
Location: Performed as part of Indian Summer 2006 at The Circle at AICH, New York City, on Apr. 29, 2006.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Native performance., Indigenous performance.
American Indian Community House, producer ; Rosemary Richmond, executive director ; Karen Oughtred, production manager ; Jim Cyrus, Performing Arts Dept. ; Coatlicue Theater Company, creator ; Federico Restrepo, light designer ; Carla Bosnjak, light technician ; Joseph Jeffers, sound technician ; Muriel Miguel, introducer.
Elvira Colorado, Hortencia Colorado.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:34:07
Language: In English, with some Spanish and Spanglish.
Synopsis: Elvira and Hortencia Colorado, Chichimec Otomi storytellers, playwrights, performers and community activists, are founding members of Coatlicue Theatre Company. Recipients of the Ingrid Washinawatok Community Activism Award, they are also members of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Danza Celtiliztli Nauhcampa, the New York Zapatistas and the American Indian Community House. The company's plays and workshops address social, political, cultural and identity issues that impact their lives and their community. Coatlicue's work is based on stories they weave together, educating as well as entertaining while reaffirming their survival as urban Native American women. 'Holding Up the Sky' is a series of theater skits addressing issues of borders and immigration at work in indigenous communities, ranging from the grotesque to the poignant, from the deeply personal to global issues devastating their communities. Distinctive elements of this performance are the use of humor in storytelling and the participation of audience members to 'hold up the sky' as inspired by Mayan mythology. Muriel Miguel (Spiderwoman Theater) contextualizes this event by talking about Coatlicue's long relationship with the American Indian Community House (, and the fact that this 'Indian Summer' is the last series of performances at The Circle in the AICH's current location.
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Copyright Holder: American Indian Community House (AICH)
Contact: Rosemary Richmond, (Executive Director)
Rosemary Richmond, (Executive Director)
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