Collection Title: Astrid Hadad collection
Title: Amores pelos
Date: 2001
Location: Performed in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2001.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Cabaret., Political performance., Heavy Nopal.
Astrid Hadad, protagonist ; Los Tarzanes, Omar Ortíz, Leonel López, Sibila de Villa, and Marco Antonio Manrique, musicians.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:47:26
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: In this video documentation of Astrid Hadad 's performance 'Amores Pelos', costumed in her signature wearable art, Hadad blends popular songs and ranchero, son and bolero music and political satire with highly theatrical precision to create a genre of music she calls 'Heavy Nopal'. Her work takes on the stereotypes of Mexican culture and reframes them to comment on the forms of machismo in a variety of local and global contexts.Astrid Hadad is a vocalist and performance artist from Mexico. Her work as a solo performance artist took off in 1995 with her show ‘Heavy Nopal.’ The term ‘heavy nopal’ refers to the Mexican cactus distilled to make tequila and is how Hadad describes her style of performance. Her shows follow the format of a cabaret, in which Hadad dazzles her audience with stunning vocals and elaborated costumes. She appropriates iconic images in Mexican culture, straps them to her body, and walks onstage to reconfigure their meanings. Through her voice and her body, Hadad challenges to her audience to adopt her system of cultural processing. Most of her work challenges cultural norms pertaining to gender roles in Mexican society. She also addresses issues of US neo imperialism. Hadad writes, produces, and promotes her own work.
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