Queen XOC’s Desire
A group of Mayan-Tzotzil men and women gather in the Chiapas mountains around the ruins of an ancient temple. They officiate at a ceremony that is a hybrid from the crossing of the faiths of Mayans and Catholics, the imposed religion. They fabricate a person out of wood that will become their avenger. Two women transform themselves and confront each other in the forms of a jaguar and a deer. For their part the men become sea pirates and corrupt lords until they then transform themselves into dictators, popular Mexican wrestlers and finally into Judas and Jesus Christ. This theatrical event escapes description but is punctuated with revolution, massacres, betrayals and ritual sacrifices. For this production, Ondinnok draws its inspiration from the Zinacantan carnaval in Chiapas and from extracts of sacred books from Chumayel, the Books of Chilam Balam containing the prophesies that have inspired the Mayan cultural resistance ever since the Spanish conquest. This production was compared to a vaudeville on mass consumption and was described as high-risk experimental theatre.
Queen XOC’s Desire is the second part of the Inuit/Maya project.
1994 November 9 to 19 – Montreal, Strathern Intercultural Centre
Director: Yves Sioui Durand
Playwright/Production Director: Catherine Joncas
Cast: Micheline Dahlander, Gérald Gagnon, Christine Foley, Catherine Joncas, Yves Sioui Durand & the voice of Monique Joly
Set & Costume Designer: Jean Bard
Assistant Set & Costume Designer: Michèle Gagnon
Lighting Designer: Guy Simard
Composer/Musician: Michel Smith
Stage Manager: Anne Plamondon
Technical Director: Sylvain Malo