at Panoply Performance Laboratory's event Intentionality/Intention in Brooklyn
related performance: Conquista de lo Inútil / Conquest of the Useless
The second in a series of durational performances investigating the legacy of sugar cane cultivation in the Caribbean, Venas abiertas, almas diabéticas takes its name from two sources: Eduardo Galleano's seminal text on the unwritten history of Latin America: Las venas abiertas (eng/sp); and a quote from Black Audio Film Collective's 1986 film Handsworth Songs, which can be heard here.
Themes underlying this performance:
- The Zombie as an expression of fear of re-enslavement after death in Haiti. (see more)
- The post-revolutionary attempt to turn the monoculture "azucar" into a means of liberation from the old colonial economic system. (see more)
- Racialized metaphors associated with sugar cane's "refinement" (see more)
- Marketing techniques that reinforce a romanticization of the oppressive colonial structure (see more here, here, and here).
- Ongoing questionable practices and human rights violations by Sugar producers in Florida and the Dominican Republic (see more)
- Suppression of independence movements (see more)
"Siboney" by Connie Francis
"Rum and Coca-Cola" by Lord Invader
"Sweet like a sugar cane" by Wilmoth Houdini
"Buy me a zeppelin" by Macbeth the Great
"Siboney" by Xiomara Alfaro
Sketch for the history of sugar in the Caribbean flowchart produced during the performance can be seen here.
Review from The Living Gallery