References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
by José Rivera
Of course, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot is not just the romance of a Cat and a Coyote. It is a portrait of marriage, of the union of two people: body and soul. Except Gabriela feels horribly disconnected, from herself, from her husband, Benito, from her marriage. And in the end their whole history, their future, rests on the answer to a single question: did Benito see the moon last night? "The Coyote's soul leaves its body. The Cat is astonished by this." José Rivera has a knack for beautiful stage direction. They challenge the director. I decided to make both the separation and unity of body and soul visible for the cat and coyote throughout the production by casting actors who could move to play the souls of Cat and Coyote and casting dancers who could act to play Cat and Coyote's bodies. After Coyote died, the soul arose alone, lifted its former body, and carried it away. When coyote returns, it's body is a ghost and it's soul is the same, well maybe a bit wiser.
Photos by Tara Brinduse.