The fourth film,"Los Voladores" (the Flyers) is a 1500 year-old rite sacred to Quetzalcoatl, the Morning Star. From its origins on the Gulf coast of Mexico, the ritual spread throughout Mesoamerica: a special square was reserved for it in Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, and a variant is still known among the Quiche' Maya in Guatemala. Today "Los Voladores" is best known in its original home in the Huasteca region, especially among the Totonac, who have lived in the area for millenia. The version shown in the film is from Huehuetla, in the Sierra Norte de Puebla. The film opens with images from the Nuttall, Laud, and other Codices, and poetry from "Cantares Mexicanos", a collection of pre-hispanic Nahuatl verse from Texcoco. Combining ritual, dance, music, poetry, and art, "The Tree of Life" is a meditation on the mystery at the heart of human life. It calls us to keep the world in balance with our lives. This DVD contains two additonal films that are recorded in Huehuetla.
Speaking of the Voladores, you can see two of our own little videos of them on our Facebook page. One video is of the little Voladores toy that we sell here at the store and the other is taken of the Voladores as seen outside of the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.
The fourth DVD is entitled: "Muxes–Authentic, Intrepid Seekers of Danger", and is directed by Alejandra Islas. Among the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico, boy babies who are born in a certain position, or little boys who prefer to play with girls, are raised as women, and are known as Muxes (pronounced "Mooshays"). In the town of Juchitán, in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Muxes have an important role to play in the life of the community, because they are raised as women. The Muxes of Juchitán are proud of their identity, enjoy their lives, laugh at themselves as well as at "straight" society, and admit their own foibles freely. They call themselves "Authentic, Intrepid Seekers of Danger," and have banded together to lead the fight against AIDS in Oaxaca. They talk frankly about their experiences of acceptance and rejection, and their successes in finding freedom, love and delight in their special identity.
Of interest to Pittsburghers, ArtUp presents: Corpo Illicito: The Post-Human Society #69. A new performance project by Roberto Sifuentes and Guillermo Gómez-Peña, third in the Mapa-Corpo series. Using their performance bodies as sites for political reinvention and poetic prophesying, La Pocha Nostra members, Gomez-Pena and Sifuentes explore both the legacy of fear of the "Other", the criminalization of the brown body inherited by the Bush administration, and the emerging culture of hope, imagination and faith that has developed in response to the former world order. The piece premiered in Belgium in April and goes up for the first time in the US this June, for Three Rivers Arts Festival's 50th anniversary.
Where: 937 Liberty Ave (Bricolage Space, first floor), downtown Pittsburgh
When: June 6th, 8:00 PM, tickets $10, call 412-381-6999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
and also don't miss: Homeland Insecurity:
Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes of the performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra (www.pochanostra.com ), based in San Francisco's mission district, will be running a performance workshop for local Pittsburgh artists. The artists, curated into the workshop by Tavia La Follette, present a final expose of their own, works discovered during the La Pocha Nostra workshop.
where: 937 Liberty Ave (Bricolage Space, first floor), downtown Pittsburgh
when: June 11th, 12th and 13th, every night at 8 PM, tickets $10, call 412-381-6999 or email@example.com
For more information go to www.artup.org or call Tavia: 412-443-8132
Hope to see you soon...until next time, saludos!