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  • Title: Plagio
  • Alternate Title: Pieza de danza-teatro inspirada en Agustín de Hipona
  • Holdings: program, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:22:22
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: March 2004
  • Location: Facultad Estudios Generales Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Type-Format: dance
  • Cast: José (Pepe) Alvarez, Deborah Elías, Leandro Fabrizi, Modesto Lacén, Flavia Manes-Rossi, Ataveyra Medina, Jessielly Olivero, Lila Ríos, Luz Rodríguez, Verónica Rodríguez
  • Credits: Coreografía: Viveca Vázquez

Plagio (2004)

Video documentation of Puerto Rican experimental dance performance Plagio, choreographed by Viveca Vázquez. Plagio was performed in the Estudios Generales Letras building, at the University of Puerto Rico. While taking over the space with bodies, sound, voices, and movement, Vázquez performed a double gesture, bringing a canonic text to the dance, and bringing it in dance to non-conventional spaces. The reverberation of voices and movement resembles the idea of plagiarism (‘plagio’), which in this case is understood as a re-enactment and re-creation of the classics. This video documentary is described as a ‘Piece of dance-theater inspired in Augustine of Hippo.’ The implications of bringing Saint Augustine to the University of Puerto Rico engage this performance with contemporary concerns, related to the discussion on colonialism and post-colonialism. Also, including new codes and forms of expression such as rap music stages the dialogue and counterpoint between our times and the classic texts. This video as a ‘documentary by Miguel Villafañe, ‘plagiarism’ of a performance by Viveca Vázquez, in turn a ‘plagiarism’ of Saint Augustine of Hippo’s life and works.’ With this playful idea, this performance and its video documentary offer a rich line of discussion about re-creations: if this documentary is a ‘plagiarism’ of a ‘plagiarism’ of a ‘plagiarism,’ perhaps its presence in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library could be considered another ‘plagiarism’ in the series of re-enactments that are at the basis of our cultural constructions.

 


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