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Miss Puerto Rico o La isla que se repite (1996)
  • Title: Miss Puerto o La isla que se repite
  • Alternate Title: A alboroto limpio
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:38:45
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: Oct 1998
  • Type-Format: dance
  • Cast: Viveca Vázquez, performer.
  • Credits: A alboroto limpio (dance pieces of Oscar Mestey, Awilda Sterling, and Viveca Vázquez). Project organized and directed by Nelson Rivera.

Miss Puerto Rico o La isla que se repite (1996)

Video documentation of Puerto Rican experimental dance performance Miss Puerto Rico o La isla que se repite, choreographed by Viveca Vázquez as a part of A alboroto limpio, a project organized and directed by Nelson Rivera, which also included dance pieces by Oscar Mestey and Awilda Sterling. Miss Puerto Rico o la isla que se repite is a contemporary experimental dance and performance that dialogues with the cultural climate in Puerto Rico. Vázquez reflects upon the figure of Miss Puerto Rico performing in bath clothes and a ‘crown’ with the shape of the island. The logic of beauty contests is questioned by the contrast between ‘graceful’ movements and a struggling body, which is a tool and an obstacle at the same time. The political implications of this dance performance suggest a major role of the citizens in Puerto Rico’s sovereignty: how is ‘the island,’ as a geographical body, related to the physical body, and the political body?

 


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