Llegada/Arrival: October 9, 2016
BEFORE WE LAND
There are as many Mexico's as there are Mexicans living in it.
The Mexico that I grew up in, before migrating to the US, involved ample gardens within walls, trendy video-gaming consoles, and a trilingual education. This was a sheltered and certainly privileged México. The world within the walls of my house was a very different world than the one outside. With a constant fear of what might happen outside those walls, I did not step outside my house on my own until I was thirteen. Stepping outside those walls meant exposing myself to a world that I'd long been told was dangerous, a Mexico which was, essentially, not my own.
The Mexico which I'm now exploring is a living contradiction, an opposition between the sacred and vulgar, past and present, tradition and innovation, chaos and serenity, man and universe, and so on. Not one city, town, village, or home is exactly like another. The richness and diversity of the country, and its theatrical spirit, is astounding. All in all, it is a Mexico that I've only glimpsed at from afar, and one that greater than anyone could ever fully comprehend. Nevertheless, I must seek to understand.
In exploring my country of origin, I must clarify that this is hardly a country that I (or anyone else) can claim in its entirety as "my own." Furthermore, this journey through Mexico is as much of a theatrical exploration of the country’s rich culture, as it is a personal, rediscovery of Mexico that I've known and how it has changed. Through this extraordinary opportunity granted by The Julie Taymor World Theatre Fellowship, I can only promise to empaparme (soak myself) with life, in all its forms, and with patience see those experiences seep into my sensibilities. And in the end, the journey will hopefully condense itself into something that can be shared on the stage.
Lastly, I hope that by sharing these brief, narrative, and impressionistic entries, I may be able to reveal not only some unsung wonders of Mexico, but some surprising part of myself as well.
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