Día Internacional de la Mujer: La viuda de Antonio Ramales

En el marco de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer, se presentó la obra La viuda de Antonio Ramales por el colectivo de FOMMA (Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya) a través de su grupo de teatro El Reflejo de la Diosa Luna (Xojobal Jch´ul Metik) el 6 de marzo de 2009. Esta obra, que es una adaptación de La Casa de Bernada Alba de Federico García Lorca, aborda la vida de una madre, Leonarda, y sus cuatro hijas, Adela, Angustias, Martirio y Amelia, encerradas en una casa durante ocho años de luto por la muerte de su padre, deceso que fue causado por la migra al momento de intentar éste cruzar la frontera. Un realismo estilizado nos introduce en esa casa de mujeres solas y encerradas no sólo en la casa, sino también en su luto y en su dolor. De estos múltiples encierros, personificados en ansia de libertad y deseo por la realización personal de las hijas, nace el conflicto y estalla la tragedia. El dominio, representado por Leonarda, y la búsqueda de libertad de las hijas significan también una crítica a la represión social hacia las mujeres que se manifiesta en la falta de libertad y sentimientos. De igual manera se toca el tema de la migración mexicana, en donde relata la dura vida de una familia a partir de la muerte de su padre.

 

To commemorate International Women’s Day, FOMMA’s theatre troupe, Reflejo de la Diosa Luna, presented its play, “The Widow of Antonio Ramales,” on March 6, 2009. The play, an adaptation of “The House of Bernarda Alba” by Federico García Lorca, explores the lives of a mother, Leonarda, and of her four daughters, Adela, Angustias, Martirio, and Amelia, all of whom are trapped in their home during the eight years they spend in mourning over the death of their father, a death at the hands of immigration officials when said father attempted to cross the border. A stylized realism introduces the audience to the house full of lonely women who are shut up not only in their house but also in their mourning and in their pain. The conflict and tragedy of the play are borne out of these multiple shut-ins personified in the desire for freedom and for personal realization demonstrated by the daughters. The domination presented by Leonarda and her daughters’ search for freedom also suggest a criticism of the social repression of women as manifested in the lack of freedom and of feelings. In the same way the play also touches on the theme of migration in Mexico in that it relates the difficult life of a family beginning with the death of the father while making his trek northward.

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Arte Acción is an interdisciplinary platform located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas that focuses on developing public performance programming and linking different social groups together in order to promote diverse forms of human development through diverse, continual activities geared towards increasing public awareness, personal reflection and the creation of artistic and political projects. It is a platform first developed with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in collaboration with Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA), a theatre troupe of indigenous women. Arte Acción, encompasses public lectures, roundtables, performances, public actions and projections seeking to promote, present and archive performative practices as a social, cultural and political in it's collaboration and research with local, national, and international communities.