I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL Cecilia Monroy Cuevas 5

Photo: Cecilia Monroy Cuevas


a solo performance

Roots are trying to dig into my skin, duele, det gjør vondt, even I know they are only trying to get some nourishment, then they carry on floating away into a sea of sand eller av sukker o de sangre or of herbs without needing to grasp into one single spot. Som vanlig someone then comes and asks me where I am from y preguntan de donde soy, where my mother is from, hvor faren min kommer fra, de donde vienen mis hijos, where my phone is from, hvor katten min kommer fra. I open my mouth to answer pero solo escucho a distant echo y me doy cuenta de que no es mi voz, its not my voice, its the voice of the one who asked the question. Jeg prøver å se, I try to look them into the eyes and say that I am very typical, that my husband is very typical, that my child is very typical, que somos una familia bien típica, típicamente típica y que juntos siempre tipiqueamos porque somos típicos, that I am like you and not like them, at jeg er som dem og ikke som deg. Then Mormor, then my grandmother, then Mormor turns around og ser på meg and talks to me, in my head.

I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL is an attempt to push the boundaries of the understanding of the self as a layered and fluid being which is continuously moving in all directions, still with the possibility to be read, felt, judged, understood, misunderstood, loved, through its specific contexts.

For performance dates and venues check UPCOMING.

I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL Cecilia Monroy Cuevas 4

Photo: Cecilia Monroy Cuevas

Concept, texts, director and performer: Maritea Dæhlin
Dramaturge: Pia Maria Roll
Costumes, props and production manager: Ursula Lascurain
Video (videography, lights and editing) and photo: Isaac Díaz Valderrama
Photo: Cecilia Monroy Cuevas
Lighting Design: Kurt Hermansen
Practical assistant: Soh Tokunaga
Sound: Felipe Cussen
Technician: Agnieszka Maria Nowacka
Project development and visual advisor: Hanne Grieg Hermansen
Outside eye: Gabriela Ottogalli
Project development:Deise Nunes
Assistant: Sandra Bringsjord Pape

Co-produced by: Black Box teater and Grenland Friteater

Supported by:

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Video-performance by Maritea Dæhlin. Camera and light: Isaac Díaz Valderrama. Assistance: Ursula Lascurain

I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL (PILOT) has, since 2017, been presented as different versions as performance, poetry reading, video performance and more, at the experimental poetry festival ENCLAVE in Mexico City; at Center for Performance Studies i New York; Radical Hospitality at Pluss Pluss, Black Box teater Oslo, Norway; Brooklyn Studios for Dance in New York; ITINERANT international performance Art Festival NYC; at Nolitch X in Copenhagen, Denmark; at No Nation Galleryin Chicago, USA; Ellas – Encuentro de artistas Latino Americanas, Campinas, Brasil; Prøverommet at BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway.

I WANT TO BE TRADITIONAL (PILOT) was been supported by:



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