Dancing with the devil

Due to a strong colonial mining tradition, ‘’Dancing with the devil’’ aims to debate how come the inhabitants of the infraworld hit the streets, through our pagan folklore, in a country ruled originally by Pachamama (Mother Earth)   

Therefore, a selection of interdisciplinary guests will analyze and reflect on the rol of Lucifer in Bolivian culture.


Dancing with the devil

Episode 1: Chinas Morenas in Bolivian folklore, based on an interview with David Aruquipa Perez broadcasted by Andrés Pereira Paz.

Audio: 01h 4min

Sinopsis: Popular festivities can be seen the whole . One of the main dances is ‘’Morenada’’. Morenada begun with african-american slaves that were traded for mining activities mostly in Potosí. Is during the second half of 60s, that ‘’Ofelia’’ (Carlos Espinoza), brings in a new cross-dressing character to the Morenada traditional dance. Following Ofelia, a movement begun intervening folkloric traditional performances. They managed to build their own costumes and aesthetics, the lengths of the skirts went up and the boots got higher. Already by the 70s, a glamorous snowball of Chinas danced for the festivities in Oruro’s carnival, as well as for the  ‘’El señor del Gran Poder’’ festivitie in La Paz. Among this snowball of fabulous Chinas were Barbarella (Peter Alaiza), Titina, Diego Marangani, Candy, Juana, Rommy, Lucha whose pictures are presented in the exhibition space. Since early 2000s cross-dressing collective ‘’La Familia Galán’’ managed to bring back this contradictory figures to the center on the city of La Paz but this time performing in Kullawada.


Entrevista a David Aruquipa Perez en español

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