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  • Title: Pastorela terrorista
  • Alternate Title: Terrorist pastorela
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:56:45
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: Mar 2004
  • Location: Teatro Bar El Hábito, Mexico City
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, protagonist ; Nora Huerta, Cecilia Sotres, Amanda Schmelz, Oscar Passo, Carlos Juárez, Liliana Felipe, cast.
  • Credits: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, producer, director ; Liliana Felipe, producer, music.

Pastorela terrorista (2004)

Cabaret performance posing a satiric take on the Manichean thought fueling current Western (conservative) religion, pedagogy, and politics. Farsical characters evidence an Orwellian "doublethink," engaging in demagogical discourses of self-righteousness while evidencing the power games at play in school, church, and government. In the context of the US war on Iraq (2003), its Coalition of the Willing and War on Terrorism, a fascist teacher and a flock of "angels" (political leaders Blair, Aznar, Sharon and Bush) stretch language in rhetorical twists aimed at demonstrating a clear-cut distinction between Good and Evil. A "pastorela" (Nativity play) evidences their take on terrorism. As an alternative to this political stance, a parodic pseudo-religion or self-help workshop, the "Sagrada Iglesia del Intermedio" (a pun translated as Sacred Church of Intermission or Sacred Church of the In-Between) is introduced by the Goddess of the Interstice, Uncertainty, Paradox and Pleasure (played by Jesusa Rodríguez), advocate of unveiling the ideological agendas underlying binary thought, proposing instead a relativistic gesture of ludic intermediation.