Juana Inés

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Flamenco dance show expressing the life of the Mexican baroque feminist philosopher, poet and writer. 

The Compañía de Danza Carmen Cortés presented Juana Inés in the Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Almagro which premiered on the 5th July 2019.

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Born in the second half of the XVII century in Mexico during the Spanish , Juana Inés de la Cruz’s intelligence and scholarship became known throughout the country during her teen years. She began her life as a nun in 1667 so that she could study at will. After taking her vows, Sor Juana read tirelessly and wrote plays and poetry, often challenging societal values and becoming an early proponent of women’s rights. Sor Juana is heralded for her Respuesta a Sor Filotea, which defends women’s rights to educational access, and is credited as the first published feminist of the New World. She died in Mexico in 1695. Read more.

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You Foolish Men

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 1651-1695

You foolish men who lay
the guilt on women,
not seeing you’re the cause
of the very thing you blame;

if you invite their disdain
with measureless desire
why wish they well behave
if you incite to ill.

You fight their stubbornness,
then, weightily,
you say it was their lightness
when it was your guile.

Read full poem. Copyright © 2004 by Michael Smith.

You can read more about the history of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz here.

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For an excerpt video of the show, click on the video below.

Creative Team:

  • Carmen Cortés Choreography
  • Carme Portaceli / Carmen Cortés Scenic direction
  • Gerardo Núñez Music
  • Nando López Dramaturgy
  • Juan Gómez Cornejo Lighting design
  • Isabel Núñez Costume design
  • Carmen 17 / Taller Curso Flamenco Costume Realization
  • Carlos González Sound design 
  • Juan Pedro Make Up 
  • Lola Cortés Technical Production & Distribution
  • Curso Flamenco SL Production
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