Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Staging citizenship : cultural rights in the Americas(7th : 2009 : Bogotá, Colombia). , Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Astrid Hadad's Bizarre cabaret
Alternate Title: Cabaret bizarro de Astrid Hadad
Alternate Title: Bizarre cabaret
Date: 2009 Aug. 25
Location: Performed at the Auditorio León de Greiff, in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 25, 2009, as part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Work Type: Concert.
Gray Wetzler, Chris Tabron, videographers.
Astrid Hadad, performer.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:46:13
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: Mexican performer Astrid Hadad presented 'Astrid Hadad’s Bizarre Cabaret' as a part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title 'Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.' This 10-day event brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship. Astrid Hadad's 'Bizarre Cabaret' was a performance mixed with a batucada, in the middle of a theatrical scene with a historical cultural background based on the anthropological sciences of different eras. Hadad's shows consist of fast-paced, fragmented, parodic unveilings of traditional Mexican song, dress, dance, and political satire. She incorporates elements from Mexican visual arts, music, and cinema, along with actions and gestures from popular culture. Astrid Hadad was born in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. She graduated from the Centro Universitario de Teatro after deserting her studies in Political and Social Sciences at the Universidad de México. Hadad uses cabaret and performance to represent social, cultural, and political crisis in Mexico and, in turn, to entertain. Since rejecting institutional support and affiliation early in her career, Hadad has written, produced, managed, and promoted her own work, establishing audiences throughout Mexico, the U.S., Europe, Australia, Canada, and Latin America, gaining reknown for her shows, Heavy Nopal, La Multimamada, La Pecadora, Seducida y Abandonada, and Corazon Sangrante. As an accomplished vocalist, her albums circulate internationally.
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