Book Launch and Symposium on Choreographing Mexico

Canal Washington, D.C.

Location: In-person at the Mexican Cultural Institute or via Zoom

The years between 1910 and 1940 were formative for Mexico, with the ousting of Porfirio Díaz, the subsequent revolution, and the creation of the new state. Amid the upheaval, Mexican dance emerged as a key arena of contestation regarding what it meant to be Mexican. Through an analysis of written, photographic, choreographic, and cinematographic renderings of a festive Mexico, Manuel R. Cuellar examines how bodies in motion both performed and critiqued the nation in his new book, Choreographing Mexico: Festive Performances and Dancing Histories of a Nation!

Moderated by David Tenorio (University of Pittsburgh) with commentaries by B. Christine Arce (University of Miami), Laura G. Gutiérrez (University of Texas at Austin), and Ryan Long (University of Maryland, College Park).

Sponsored by Mexican Cultural Institute, the GW Cisneros InstituteGW Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Embassy of Mexico in the United States and Corazón Folklórico D.C.