Chamacos en el sur global

Translated title of the contribution: Chamacos in the global south

Lillian Manzor

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Chamaco - Boy at the Vanishing Point is a play by Cuban playwright Abel González Melo. The playtext thematically and formally borrows elements from classical tragedy and transforms them with a contemporary theatrical language. The characters, all heroes and antiheroes, like the postmodern citizen-spectator, find themselves at the vanishing point that results from the strictest laws of patriarchy in their colonial versions, from heteronormativity, and from savage capitalism. Informed by cultural and human geographers' theorization of the Global South, this essay analyzes comparatively how three different stagings performatively construct transgender identities and queer desires in three cities of the Global South: Havana, Istanbul, and Miami. Through a transnational reading of queer desires, this play, in its interaction with its different live audiences, the repurposing of different artistic currents, and the restructuring of public and private spaces, intervenes in the discourse of the nation by creating local/global sites of community formation.

Translated title of the contributionChamacos in the global south
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
JournalLatin American Theatre Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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