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Author: Jesusa Rodríguez; Liliana Felipe; Teatro Bar El Hábito.; Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
Publisher: Mexico City : [s.n.], 1999 Nov.
Series: Hábito collection.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Videocassette   Computer File : Spanish
Database:WorldCat
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In this political-poetical-philosophical-musical cabaret performance, Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe take on Mexicos electoral climate in order to pose a comment on ethics, politics, Mexican folklore and pop culture. Rodríguez populates the scenario of the palenque (cockpit, a place for popular gambling games like cockfighting) with chameleonic characters Chona Schopenhauer (the only ranchera philosopher),  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cabaret
Satire
Farces
Gay/lesbian
Political
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jesusa Rodríguez; Liliana Felipe; Teatro Bar El Hábito.; Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
OCLC Number: 184823049
Language Note: In Spanish.
Notes: Title supplied by Hemispheric Institute.
Part of the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
Credits: Liliana Felipe, music.
Cast: Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe, Isela Vega, Yoma Vela, Roberto Cabral.
Event notes: Performed at Teatro El Hábito, Mexico City, Nov. 1999.
Description: 2 videocassettes of 2 (Digital Betacam) (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. master. 2 videodiscs of 2 (DVD) (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. viewing copy.
Series Title: Hábito collection.
Other Titles: Political cockpit
Responsibility: Jesusa Rodríguez, writer, director.

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In this political-poetical-philosophical-musical cabaret performance, Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe take on Mexicos electoral climate in order to pose a comment on ethics, politics, Mexican folklore and pop culture. Rodríguez populates the scenario of the palenque (cockpit, a place for popular gambling games like cockfighting) with chameleonic characters Chona Schopenhauer (the only ranchera philosopher), Pita Amor (an old-fashioned, affected performer of poetry) and Don Andrés Soler (a very macho, politically conservative old man), among others, through which she criticizes the corruption and violence associated with Mexicos political climate. In a phenomenology of fortuitous becoming, the universe is portrayed as a palenque where anything could happen, and Mexican electoral processes as a gamble. In this vein, and interspersed with parodic renditions of traditional folk songs by Rodríguez and sexy ranchera Isela Vega (a famous Mexican vedette), the audience is invited to play a satirical Mexican lotería (with cards like The Wetback, The Zapatista, The First Lady, and The ATM substituting the traditional icons of this popular game) and to gamble, control, and judge an electoral cockfight where puppets of political candidates race to be the first to reach the finishing line of presidency.

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