I got involved with México (expropriated) as it was forced to leave the stage and entered into this virtual space that you now get to enjoy from anywhere and everywhere. My job was to help Jessica translate her original vision of an evening-length piece, with scenes or viñetas that begin and vanish in a night on a theater stage, into a series of pre-recorded episodes that you can choose to watch on your own time and will continue to exist online forever. It was amazing to witness how by embracing the new possibilities that a virtual format brings and honoring the months of research and devised dance theater work the team shared together before the pandemic, the work evolved into what you get to see today.
I invite you to expand your vision of what having this project at the tip of your fingers for a prolonged period of time can do. Embrace the new possibilities just like the performers and designers did: watch the project in one sitting; pause the videos to take time to think or research the material being presented to you; ponder upon the issues and questions the performers struggle with; ask yourself what would you do in their shoes and why; map the performers’ reality into your own; focus on grasping the ideological boundaries of a different character every time you watch it; engage with the questions and surveys posted at the bottom of each video or viñeta. México (expropriated) is rich and revolutionary in its core and it only begins to imagine a more inclusive and just portrayal of Mexico. How can you engage with this project and beyond to further realize a Mexico and a world where inclusion and justice prevail?