Embodying Mexico: Tourism, Nationalism and Performance Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 3:15pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 6020

Book presentation, with speakers, and live music and dance

Embodying Mexico: Tourism, Nationalism and Performance

by Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, PhD
Oxford University Press, 2011

  • Exploring multiple contexts in Mexico, the USA, and Europe, Embodying Mexico expands and enriches our understanding of complex processes of creating national icons, performance repertoires, and tourist attractions.
  • Hellier-Tinoco examines two performative icons of Mexicanness—the Dance of the Old Men and Night of the Dead of Lake Pátzcuaro—in numerous manifestations, including film, theater, tourist guides, advertisements, and souvenirs.
  • Covering a ninety-year period from the postrevolutionary era to the present day, Hellier-Tinoco's analysis is thoroughly grounded in Mexican politics and history, and simultaneously incorporates choreographic, musicological, and dramaturgical analysis.


María Herrera-Sobek, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chicana/o Studies
Sarah Cline, PhD, History
Suk-Young Kim, PhD, Theater: Performance Studies
Ninotchka Bennahum, PhD, Dance: Performance Studies
Sarah Townsend, PhD, Spanish and Portuguese
Dave Novak, PhD, Music

Musicians: Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Juan Zaragoza, Ann Hefferman, Daisy León, Luis Moreno

Refreshments by Los Tarascos, Goleta

Sponsored by the Performance Studies Research Focus Group of the IHC. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) and Ethnomusicology Forum (Department of Music)

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