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Spring 2023 | Cantadora, Shamana de Cabaret by Carmina Escobar
May 1 - June 30
ES / EN
Cantadora, Shamana de Cabaret
By Carmina Escobar
A series of documented performances
Collaborators: Asher Hartman, Fernando Vigueras
Costume Designs: Beck+Col, Liz Goetz, Jeronimo Garcia Naranjo
How does terror shape itself? How does the body free itself from a history that deforms the erotic of its descendants? What sexual love arises from a heart misshapen by the seed of oppressor and the egg of the oppressed? In Cantadora, Shamana de Cabaret, extreme vocalist, sound and intermedia artist Carmina Escobar creates a performatic ritual, part opera, part incantation, part comedic examination of her life as an erotic export, a woman-creature, bird spirit, in whose veins boils the antagonist sex of oppressor and oppressed product of the clashing mixing of the mestizo heritage.
Creating sonic feather costumes that dress her as a bird, a showgirl, a shaman (Iris), Carmina Escobar performs a score derived from her own familial and erotic history as it entwines with a fantasy of her namesake, Iris Chacon, a Latin American cabaret performer after who she is named, and the archetype of The Horrifying Mother on the prehispanic cosmogony.
The project will be presented online on the LACE website after the performances are filmed.