Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Spectacles of religiosities(4th : 2003 : New York, N.Y.).
Title: Interview with Petrona de la Cruz & Isabel Juárez Espinosa (FOMMA)
Alternate Title: Interview with Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA)
Date: 2003 July
Location: Interviewed as part of the Spectacles of Religiosities Seminar, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University, July 5-12, 2003.
Work Type: Interview.
Credits:
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer.
Cast/Performers:
Petrona de la Cruz, interviewee ; Isabel Juárez Espinosa, interviewee ; Diana Taylor, interviewer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:21:10
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: Interview with Petrona de la Cruz and Isabel Juárez Espinosa of FOMMA (Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya) conducted by Diana Taylor during the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Petrona de la Cruz and Isabel Juárez Espinosa are Mayan Indian playwrights and actresses from Chiapas, Mexico. Pioneers in theatre and social justice in their country, in 1994 they formed the womens cooperative, FOMMA, to empower displaced Indian women and children through workshops in bilingual education (Tzotzil/Tzeltal and Spanish) health programs, job skills and theatre. They have performed in small communities throughout Chiapas as well as at universities and festivals abroad. Forced to leave their native villages at an early age, they became maids in the neighboring mestizo city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. In the '80's they went to work at the fledging Indian writers' cooperative, Sna Jtz'bajom. It was there they became interested in theatre and received training from Ralph Lee of the Metawee River Theatre Company. They have subsequently worked with several other teachers including Amy Trompetter and Luis de Tavira.
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