Tortillas y Lagrimas (Tortillas and Tears)
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
College of the Arts
Theatre and Dance
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Mexican American women, Aztec dance
With my MFA in Dance Thesis Tortillas y Lagrimas (Tortillas and Tears), I share my experience as a Mexican American Latina woman in the United States, tracking back through my family heritage. As elements of my research, I studied Mexican immigration experiences (particularly my grandmother’s), Aztec Dance, digital media for dance, and improvisational practice in the post modern and contemporary dance field. I took classes, conducted oral interviews, attended conferences, and created Dance Labs for experiential exploration. These influences are synthesized in my MFA thesis performance, a dance concert presenting twelve choreographic dance works with traditional Mexican folk music and mariachi music as well as digital media components. Tortillas y Lagrimas (Tortillas and Tears) premiered on April 6, 2018 at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, and featured my public high school dance students, two professional dancers, and myself. I began my research with a personal investigation and left with a deeper connection to my Mexican and Mexican American culture and heritage, which I plan to continue to explore as a dance artist.
De La Rosa, Elisa, "Tortillas y Lagrimas (Tortillas and Tears)" (2018). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 212.
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