Several scholars and practitioners have come together to create the first volume dedicated to festive devils in our hemisphere. The book will be published in Richard Schechner's Enactment Series (Seagull Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press),and is due for release in 2012.
The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics is now planning its 8th Encuentro, which will take place at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City on March 17-25, 2012. We are very much looking forward to this gathering—so please mark your calendars!
Thanks to support from the Hemispheric Institute, we are now proudly able to present this site dedicated to the research, participation and continuation of fiestas, religious manifestations, and carnivals of devils dances in the Americas. We understand this playfully nefarious figure of the devil as metaphorical to the fiesta event itself. Its specialty: turning the politic, altering the stakes and injecting humor, danger and devotion.
Relations between Bolivia and Peru were already strained with tension between Presidents Evo Morales and Alan García, but now the Devil has stepped in. Bolivia is considering suing Peru in the International Court of Justice to defend its cultural rights.