Opinion: 'Pocha Nostra' feedback

Posted 9/19/19

Why allow such trash at a public event? We didn't go this year, but the videos speak for themselves. Why? Trashy! Not classy.

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Opinion: 'Pocha Nostra' feedback

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Trashy Paseo

Why allow such trash at a public event? We didn't go this year, but the videos speak for themselves. Why? Trashy! Not classy.

Mary Baran

Taos

Don't make mothers weep

Last night I attended Paseo. How lovely and unamplified it was -- the art spoke for itself. Statues silently and graciously invited participation. A lady in black sparklies beckoned us to gaze into her mirror face. We responded to her reaching arms by embracing them and seeing love reflected back. We walked beneath the flaming arch enchanted by the genius in the sculptures, and then entered the surreal abyss of "Western Enchilada."

It was beautiful and disturbing, a snarky 3D look at Western culture. Exquisitely uttered poetry, demands for "Attention!" Fake Indians and tortured crucifixions gave way to women shackled in feral nakedness, gay cowboys and stunned sexual victims. The performers moved like a frozen storm of pathos, their physical beauty and prowess all the more stunning in the horrific unworldliness. It perfectly captured the essence of cultural disintegration, akin to a W.S. Burroughs' nightmare, or a Ginsberg paean to the intoxicating dregs of apocalypse.

Then I witnessed an elderly grandmother in a wheelchair, accompanied by a young girl. The old woman held her face in her hands, conveying something beyond disgust. It was as though she beheld the end of the world. I think she was weeping.

The performance was brilliant and effective. But what Taos and the Paseo work hard to create is a far cry from simulated sex for children to watch. To see tortured, nude women writhing on a cross might have been just art for me but not for someone with deep Catholic roots. And that's what Taos is. I will not say Taos does not need cultural stimulation, I will not deny that we need to be brought to "Attention!" but we need not make our mothers weep.

AMELIA RAYMOND

Arroyo Hondo

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