The Zapotec culture, through the “muxe” identity, includes homosexuality, gayness and same-sex marriage as a part of the society: A muxe is a man who assumes affective, emotional and sexual roles that are culturally reserved for women. The muxeidad is simultaneously a veiled social acceptance, and a celebration of what is still considered a transgression.
In this presentation, the artist portray the zapotec man-woman through dance, and invites the spectator to participate in the “female rites of passage”: the traditional wedding; the stewardship; the Healer-prayer; the Mourning; the Metamorphosis. The dancer´s soul is incarnated in a local bird called the stone-curlew (berelele in Zapotec, or alcaravan in Spanish), where the male cycle closes when they mate. Sometimes the male is sacrificed by the females.