Collection Title: Jesusa Rodríguez & Liliana Felipe : El Hábito collection
Title: El estudio de Eugenia León
Alternate Title: Eugenia León's office
Date: 1994 July
Location: Performed at Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City, Mexico, in July 1994.
Work Type: Performance., Cabaret., Concert., Political performance., Queer performance.
Jesusa Rodíguez, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer ; Malú Huacuja, writer.
Tito Enríquez, Carlos García, José Montiel, Miguel Samperio, musicians.
Eugenia León, protagonist ; Jesusa Rodríguez, cast ; Alejandro Calva, cast.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:43:13
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: In this Eugenia León cabaret concert, performed at Teatro Bar El Hábito, Alfred Hitchcock (played by Alejandro Calva) narrates a 'Private Eye' story, a duel of wits between a Mexican diva-cum-exceptional detective (León) and her archenemy, Jack 'El Declamador' (or 'Jack, the Declamator,' played by Jesusa Rodríguez). Singing well-know romantic songs ('Envidia,' 'Perfidia,' 'Frenesí,' 'La tirana,' 'Lo mismo que usted,' 'Piel Canela,' and 'Quizá, quizá, quizá,' among others), León must save 137 kidnapped children from Jack's affected declamation of Latin American Modernist poetry, while contesting the villain's request for support to his candidate to the upcoming Mexican presidential elections: Paco Stanley, a popular Mexican declamator. In order to save the day, León has to solve the mystery proposed by the villain: to figure out the identity of the alleged murderer of Marilyn Monroe (also played by Rodríguez) 10 minutes! With the help of her boleros and the study of 'some documents,' the detective concludes that Hitchcock is Monroe's assassin, and proceeds to arrest him. Thankful for solving the mystery, Marilyn shares with Eugenia her secret technique for achieving her famous 'floating white dress effect'... After solving the enigma, León and Jack clash in a deadly duel of wits, until the 'Musa Inspiradora' (or 'Inspirational Muse', also played by Calva) gets in their way. Improvised insults, tricky moves, and phone calls from the Presidential House all contribute to León's victory and to Jack's escape. The Muse takes sides with the detective and promises to inspire her to sing 'like a goddess'... concluding a magnificent concert, that inspired an 'encore' request by Eugenia's eager audience. 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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