Video

Border Brujo

Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Isaac Artenstein

1991, 52:00 minutes, colour, English/Spanish

TAPECODE 416.00

"By 1987-88, many performance artists felt that performance had become so artificial and technically complex that we really needed to go back to the basics once more; to recapture the power of the spoken word and the immediate gesture, and create performance works that were easily tourable. The result was a language-based and highly politicized type of performance that fit in a suitcase. The performance consists of a multilingual monologue chronicling the border experience. Like most of my performance texts, the script was written in English, Spanish, Spanglish, gringoñol and various made up robo-languages. With this piece I became a migrant performance artist. I spent two years on the road, going from community to community, from city to city, from country to country, reproducing the migratory patterns of the Mexican Diaspora. As I travelled, I incorporated information, images, props and costumes into the piece. The piece ended at the U.S. - Mexican border, where I buried the costume and props and staged a performance funeral." -Guilermo Gomez-Peña

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