AHA Festival of Progressive Arts and The Cassandro Project present:
LUCHA LIBRE EXOTICA (El Paso / Mexico City)
Cassandro VS. Niebla Roja
Estrellita VS. Magnus
Diva Salvaje VS. Magno
Referee: Luis // Ring announcer: El Guapito
About The Cassandro Project:
Traditionally in Mexico, luchadores were split into two main categories: rudos (“tough guys” or “bad guys”) and técnicos (the “good guys”). As early as the 1950s, straight male wrestlers wearing cliché drag appeared as characters called exóticos. They were almost always cast as rudos and played up their gay persona as a stage performance. It wasn’t until the 1980s when openly homosexual wrestlers reclaimed the character of the exóticos. In a professional sport that is traditionally binary in nature, contemporary exóticos destabilize the nature of the lucha libre and encourage openness about gender and sexual diversity in a culture that has a history of machismo and homophobia. Cassandro is one of these exóticos who has reached international fame for his flamboyant costuming, style of performance, and open sexuality. At the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, Cassandro will be joined by five other luchadores in a live match. We will also be screening Cassandro El Exotico, a short film about Cassandro’s life.
$20 General admission // $35 Front row.
Cash bar with margaritas, mexican beer, and horchata!
This event is part of the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts and your ticket includes FREE ADMISSION to the Saturday night electronic music showcase at the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts (also at El Museo, beginning right after the match.) There is more FREE programming on Sunday the 14th. Find more info about the festival here:https://www.facebook.com/
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“Santa Fe might be on its way to totally shedding its mantle of artsy fustiness. The drag queen of lucha libre is coming to town.” Jackie Jadrnak, Albuquerque Journal North
“[Cassandro is] The brightest star of the ‘exótico’ sub-genre—gender-bending fighters who play up flamboyance and challenge stern gender-normative roles” Enrique Limon, SF Reporter
Read about Cassandro in the September 1 issue of The New Yorker:http://www.newyorker.com/