FEVER: a show on feminicide in Oaxaca

In January 2022 we met in Oaxaca Nastya and Paula, two artists and friends who came straight from Poland and Ukraine. It was around a discussion on feminicide that the idea of creating a show where we could explore this theme by using different artistic techniques came up. We decided to articulate our show on feminicide around the character of Rosa Elvira Cely, died in 2012 due to atrocious sexual abuse and whose story moved the whole world.

The tragic story of a young mother


Born in Bogota, Rosa was 35 when her life ended. While studying to become a psychologist, on June 1, 2012, a classmate offers to bring her back home; she gladly accepts and this decision will mark the beginning of her nightmare. Raped, tortured, and impaled, she managed to reach the authorities, who found her, unconscious, several hours later in the Bogota National Park. Taken urgently to the hospital, the sequelae are such that she succumbs to her injuries a few days later. The next day, a huge protest is organized in the country. In response to this tragedy, the government in 2015 enacted the 1761 law against feminicide. A victory which will have cost the lives of many women and which we wanted to denounce in our show.

Art as a tool of denunciation


Our company wishes to support women in their independence and freedom, in a world where violence against them still rages. This show on feminicide is a tribute to Rosa but also to all those who lost their lives.


“We created our performance in a hybrid way with the flow of a TV show, where the presenter slowly remembers episodes of sexual violence.”


Perfectly played by Julia, the audience can observe the changes of the protagonist and enter into her inner and sensitive world. Highlighted by the music of Stéphane, Manu and Jacopo, the images projected by Nastya and Paula come to sublimate the poignant words of Manuel, and thus awaken the different senses and emotions of the spectator.

A case that echoes the situation in the state of Oaxaca

In this region of the world, rape culture is pervasive and deeply rooted, where laws do not seem to exist. According to the UN Women, Mexico is the Latin American country with the highest rate of homicides against women. And despite the 1994 convention adopted for the protection of women in Latin America, it still has a high crime rate.

According to another report by Amnesty International on feminicide in Mexico, 3,723 women were murdered in 2020. Often dismissed, it is not uncommon for these crimes to be recorded in the state of Oaxaca.

“Beyond the project of our association, it seems essential to us to contribute and work at our level, for a fairer world.”

And if in Europe the number of cases identified is much lower, the reality is not so different.

Written and thought out in our residence in Mazunte; we locked ourselves away for more than a month to create this show about women and for women. It starts from the common desire to question through different artistic means our actions taken straight from the collective unconscious.

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Written by Alexandra Ferreira

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ABIERTO POR OBRAS / Artistas en Diálogo Versión Online     En esta ocasión ABIERTO POR OBRAS, ha organizado su primer ciclo de diálogos online con varios artistas. En esta conversación se ha invitado a que cada artista escoja un aspecto particular de su trabajo artístico ligado a sus procesos creativos y lo comparta en un diálogo en vivo.
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Algunos nos han preguntado quien organiza ABIERTO POR OBRAS, la Plataforma Internacional de Creación Performativa que coordina Itínera Arte en Expansión en la casa de Residencias Artísticas NAMIKI, Espacio de Inspiración.
Algunos quieren saber más sobre la ubicación, esa playa diminuta llamada La Boquilla , casi oculta, en la población de Arroyo Tres en la costa del Océano Pacífico, al suroeste de México, en la región de Oaxaca, coordenadas: 15°41’01.0″N 96°27’49.7″W.
Algunos quieren saber más de qué es lo que pasa adentro de la Plataforma, sobre los procesos creativos, sobre los intercambios, sobre para quién está dirigida,

Some people asked us who organizes OPEN FOR CONSTRUCTION, the International Creation Platform, coordinated by Itínera Arte en Expansión in the Artistic Residencies house NAMIKI, Space of Inspiration.
Some want to know more about the location, that tiny beach called La Boquilla, almost hidden and virgin, in the town of Arroyo Cruz on the Pacific Ocean coast, southwest of Mexico, in the Oaxaca region, coordinates: 15 ° 41’01.0 «N 96 ° 27’49.7» W.
Some want to know more about what is happening inside the Platform, about the creative processes, about the exchanges, about who it is aimed at,

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Hoy celebramos con algunos de los seres más pequeños del universo: los insectos. Celebramos con ellos porque en el mundo hay diminutas acciones que generan grandes cambios, o que son tan esenciales. Los insectos permiten que llegue aire a la tierra, sin ellos la polinización se hace imposible, muchos ayudan en la descomposición de materias orgánicas que ayudan a las plantas. Miremos por un momento su ayuda invisible.
Un Chagas, una Mantis, un Chapulín, un Escarabajo, una Cigarra y una Hormiga, se asoman desde los rincones del paisaje. Están por ahí, entre las hojas de los árboles, los tallos de las plantas o escarbando la tierra. Caminan descalzos sobre la arena caliente y huyen de las infinitas olas del mar.
Durante una semana, Itínera Teatro y La Quinta Teatro se encerraron a crear estos seis insectos, vestidos de blanco, casi humanos, con la idea de reivindicar nuestra voz con todos aquellos en el mundo que hacen cosas que muchos no logran ver. Así nos unimos a la voz mundial del grupo de artistas que hacen parte del ItinerANTS for the Climate Change.
La acción tuvo lugar en la Casa de Itínera Teatro, en Mazunte, México. En donde Itínera está haciendo una construcción de bajo impacto ambiental con un fabuloso techo verde recíproco.
Participaron de esta acción: La Quinta Teatro: Carolina Pimentel, Salomón Santiago, Jazmin Gonzáles, Zeze Figueroa Ramos. Itínera Teatro: Julia Filippo, Manuel Ramos.
Colaboraron: Elia, Stephane, Romain y David.
Gracias al Espacio: Residencias Artísticas Namiki, Espacio de Inspiración y a la Plataforma de Abierto por Obras 2021



Today we have decided to celebrate with some of the smallest beings of the universe: the insects. We celebrate with them because in our life there are tiny actions that generate great changes, and they are so essential. Insects allow air to reach the earth, without them pollination becomes impossible, many of them help with the decomposition process of organic materials, helping the plants. Let’s look for a moment at their invisible help.
A Kissing Bug, a Mantis, a Grasshopper, a Beetle, a Cicada and an Ant, peek out from the corners of the landscape. They are out there, among the leaves of the trees, the stems of the plants or digging in the earth. They walk barefoot on the hot sand and run away from the endless sea waves.
For a week, Itínera Teatro and La Quinta Teatro locked themselves up to create these six insects, dressed in white, almost human, with the idea of claiming the voice of all those in the world who do precious things that many fail to see. We join the global voice of the group of artists who are part of the ItinerANTS for Climate Change.
The action – performance took place in the House of Itínera Theater, where Itínera is building a low impact construction with an amazing Reciprocal Green Roof.
The participants: : La Quinta Teatro: Carolina Pimentel, Salomón Santiago, Jazmin Gonzáles, Zeze Figueroa Ramos. Itínera Teatro: Julia Filippo, Manuel Ramos.
Helpers: Elia, Stephane, Romain y David.
Thanks to the Place: Artistic Residency Namiki, Space of Inspiration and The Performing Arts Platform Abierto por Obras 2021
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