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Building Womanist CoalitionsWriting and Teaching in the Spirit of Love$
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Gary L. Lemons

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042423

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042423.001.0001

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Transgenero Performance

Transgenero Performance

Gender and Transformation in Mujeres en Ritual

(p.171) 9 Transgenero Performance
Building Womanist Coalitions

Dora Arreola

University of Illinois Press

Validating the practice of art for the empowerment of female identity and contesting borders of gender and sexual identities, in this chapter, the author describes the collaborative process of Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, a cross-border, all-women dance-theatre company, which she founded in 1999 in Tijuana, Mexico. Rooted in ritual and contemporary techniques of physical theatre, the work of Mujeres en Ritual explores the limits of gender, taboo sexuality, and culture in the border region. It examines the exploitation of women’s bodies as an extension of U.S.-Mexico relations and political economy. Through a community-based process with women on both sides of the border, the company experiments with gender transgression and transformation to arrive at transgenero (“transgender” and “trans-genre”) performance.

Keywords:   art, border, gender and sexual identities, all-women dance-theatre company, physical theatre, transgenero, transgender, trans-genre

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