Collection Title: Viveca Vázquez collection
Title: A alboroto limpio
Alternate Title: Miss Puerto Rico
Alternate Title: Isla que se repite
Date: 1996 Oct
Location: Performed in October 1996.
Work Type: Performance., Dance., Contemporary dance., Experimental dance.
Viveca Vázquez, performer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:38:45
Language: Includes Spanish and English.
Synopsis: Video documentation of Puerto Rican experimental dance performance ‘Miss Puerto Rico o La isla que se repite,’ choreographed by Viveca Vázquez as a part of ‘A alboroto limpio,’ a project organized and directed by Nelson Rivera, which also included dance pieces by Oscar Mestey and Awilda Sterling. Viveca Vázquez is a choreographer, dancer, and a professor of humanities and contemporary dance for actors at the University of Puerto Rico. She presented her first work with Pisotón, the first experimental dance group of Puerto Rico and, shortly after, Taller de Otra Cosa, of which she became the first director. Through the company she presented her choreographic work and produced events such as ‘Rompeforma’ a key festival in the development of the experimental dance and performance scene in Puerto Rico, which was co-produced with Puerto Rican choreographer based in the U.S. Merian Soto. Since 1984 she has produced and performed experimental dance works in the United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina, among a great number of other places. As a teacher she has developed a pedagogical model based on body conscience and improvisation. ‘Miss Puerto Rico o la isla que se repite’ is a contemporary experimental dance and performance that dialogues with the cultural climate in Puerto Rico. Vázquez reflects upon the figure of Miss Puerto Rico performing in bath clothes and a ‘crown’ with the shape of the island. The logic of beauty contests is questioned by the contrast between ‘graceful’ movements and a struggling body, which is a tool and an obstacle at the same time. The political implications of this dance performance suggest a major role of the citizens in Puerto Rico’s sovereignty: how is ‘the island,’ as a geographical body, related to the physical body, and the political body?
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