SEASON 17 | NOVEMBER 2004
An Aztec Clown Drama
By Tristan Codrescu
Presented by Madame Palmetto's Amusement Company's and the VORTEX
La Conquista is a clown tragedy telling the story of the Conquest of Mexico. It follows the dramas of Hernan Cortez, the Spanish conquistador, Moctezuma II, the last king of Ancient Mexico, and La Malinche, the woman between them.
It is a tale about violence, adaptation and annihilation; about the Gods of Life and the Gods of Death; about politics then and politics now. A clown spectacle filled with hope, reverence, and foolishness. This cast from New Orleans weaves physical theatre, puppetry, stilt work and dance to relate a history that is as important today as it was 500 years ago.