La Chica Boom

Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom
Wednesday (2/17), 8:00pm, Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Road)

Xandra Ibarra will present a mash up of “La Chica Boom” works. Xandra Ibarra began her performance career in the neoburlesque scene with the moniker of La Chica Boom in 2002. She quickly gained notoriety for her performances, which mixed and repurposed traditional Mexican iconography, alongside racist tropes, within the erotic and sensual vocabulary of burlesque. Ibarra denominates these performances “spictacles” or, in her own words, “camp spectacles of Mexican/Mexican-American myths and narratives that render the colonial gaze/relationship laughable; short bursts of mexi-sexy minstrelsy that interrogate modes of sub/objectification.” Queer theorist Juana María Rodríguez has explained that Ibarra’s performances of racial abjection “attempt to make queer meaning out of the scenes that etch their way into our psychic imaginaries, that slither into our most shameful fantasies.” — Ivan Ramos

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