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Holy Terrors

Latin American Women Perform

Alexei Taylor, Diana Taylor, Authors

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El Habito

Jesusa Rodríguez

Teatro Bar El Hábito was a cabaret/performance space in Coyoacán, Mexico City, founded in 1990 by Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe. In collaboration with their theater cooperative, Las Divas, Jesusa and Liliana produced, directed, and performed hundreds of shows in their fifteen years at El Hábito. Some of their major pieces such as Palenque político (1999) and Foximiliano y Marmota (2003) originated in this performance venue. Every weekend for 15 years Jesusa and Liliana would use an improvisational cabaret format to reflect on the political events that had taken place during the last week. Politicians would sometimes sneek into the performance to see what Jesusa was saying about them.  In 2005, they passed the torch to another cabaret group, Las Reinas Chulas, who changed the venue's name to El Vicio. Since its inception, El Hábito/El Vicio has been a hotbed for intellectuals, feminists, gay rights activists, and open-minded, progressive people wishing to be engaged by smart, critical humor. For the purposes of this module, El Hábito refers to those performances created and performed by Jesusa and Liliana in the extremely productive period between 1990 and 2005.
*Since 2005 Jesusa and Liliana have continued to produce work outside of El Hábito. Holdings for their solo performances as well as for performances created after 2005 can be found on the individual pages of Jesusa Rodríguez and Liliana Felipe. For the complete collection of videos click here.
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