Collection Title: Jesusa Rodríguez & Liliana Felipe : El Hábito collection
Title: Homenaje a Cri-Cri
Alternate Title: Cri-Cri (an homage)
Date: 1991
Location: Performed at Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico, in Dec. 1991.
Work Type: Performance., Cabaret., Musical theater., Tribute., Satire., Queer performance.
Jesusa Rodríguez, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer, music director.
Liliana Felipe, musician ; Mercedes Gómez, musician ; Víctor Flores, musician ; Julieta Cedillo, musician.
Jesusa Rodríguez, protagonist ; Paz Águila, protagonist ; Adriana Díaz de Léon, protagonist ; Eugenia Léon, protagonist ; DIVAS ensemble, cast.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:44:48
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: This cabaret performance is a satiric homage to Mexico's famous songwriter Francisco Gabilondo, whose children's radio show, broadcasted for almost 30 years (1934-1961) introduced the iconic character 'Cri-Cri, El Grillito Cantor' ('Cri-Cri, The Little Singing Grasshopper'). Jesusa Rodríguez, playing the part of a sadistic elementary schoolteacher, orchestrates a 'recital of fifth graders' (featuring Mexican singers Adriana Díaz de León and Eugenia León, along with the cast from cabaret ensemble Divas), where Gabilondo's songs are juxtaposed with satiric interpretations, confronting naive lyrics with violent behavior, drug dealing, graffiti painting, etc. Their social critique is highlighted by the attitude of Rodríguez's character, a religious teacher aligned to the government in power, whose prejudices are evident in her attempt to conduct a 'didactic tribute' while insulting the songwriter, the audience, and the students.The 'homage,' comprising nineteen well-known Cri-Cri songs like 'La marcha de las letras,' 'La muñeca fea,' 'Di ¿por qué?,' 'El comal y la olla,' and 'El chorrito,' features Paz Águila (famous Mexican bolero singer of the duet 'Las Hermanas Águila'), with an ensemble of 'grasshopper' musicians directed by Liliana Felipe. Mexican director, actress, playwright, performance artist, scenographer, entrepreneur, and social activist Jesusa Rodréguez has been called the most important woman of Mexico. Often referred to as a chameleon, Rodríguez moves seemingly effortlessly and with vigor across the spectrum of cultural forms, styles, and tones. Her espectáculos (as both spectacles and shows) challenge traditional classification, crossing with ease generic boundaries: from elite to popular to mass, from Greek tragedy to cabaret, from pre-Columbian indigenous to opera, from revue, sketch and carpa, to performative acts within political projects.Humor, satire, linguistic play, and the body are constants in her productions. She seeks to render corporal and, thus, visible, the tensions between the discourses in operation on and through the individual and collective body. Rodriguezs energy is intense and her commitment non-negotiable, always interrogating the nature, site, and consequences of power and its representation. Liliana Felipe, one of Latin America's foremost singers and composers, was born in Argentina in the 1950s. She left for Mexico just before the outbreak of the 'Dirty War' (1976), but her sister and brother-in-law were both 'disappeared'--victims of the military dictatorship's criminal politics. Liliana's music has a wide following in Latin America. She continues to be a powerful presence in Argentina, working with human rights organizations--especially H.I.J.O.S. (the organization of the children of the disappeared). In Mexico, Liliana went to one of Jesusa Rodríguez's performances.Jesusa, catching a glimpse of Felipe in the audience, remembers saying to herself: I am going to die with that woman. Since then, Liliana and Jesusa have created two performance spaces, El Cuervo and later El Hábito in Coyoacán, Mexico City, that they still run. They 'married' in February 2000. El Hábito ( is a hotbed for intellectuals, feminists, gay rights activists and open-minded, progressive people who want to be engaged by a smart and critical humor. In this off-off space, and with the collaboration of their theater cooperative Las Divas, Jesusa y Liliana have produced hundreds of shows since the 1980s.
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Contact: Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe
Jesusa Rodríguez
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