Posted in UncategorizedAugust 22, 2011No comments
With the founding of El Teatro Campesino (The Farm Workers Theater) in 1965, the notion of Chicano theater that espoused politics and culture of La Raza soon spread through out the United States. In 1969, with the emergence of theaters companies in cities throughout the Southwest, El Teatro Campesino convened the first Chicano Theater festival in California. In 1971, a national organization made up of individual Chicano theater companies in the United States was formed under the name TENAZ ( Teatro Nacional de Aztlán–The National Theater of Aztlán) . The anagram was also the Spanish word for “tenacity.” By 1974, the umbrella organization representing dozens of theater companies was ready for the international stage. In 1974, Chicano theater companies–estimates vary but all concur close to a hundred in number– attended the two-week long international festival of theater companies in Mexico. The crowning event of the festival was performances by Chicano theater companies at the ancient archeological site of Teotihuacan, outside of Mexico City. For Chicanos, performing theater, dance and song, at the site where thousands of years previously their ancestors had also performed such activities was an enriching and landmark experience. This photo, taken sometime in late June of 1974, is of Chicano theater companies performing at Teotihuacan, Mexico.