So runs the phrase of Jean Genet that La Cebra has made its own and which gives an idea of the strength of character in which, apart from a good handling of technique, a great irreverence can be glimpsed, able to overcome what is taken for granted.
Mother Cebra says:
I began this project seventeen years ago (June 1996) during the 10th Lesbian-Gay Cultural Week. “La Cebra”… a homoerotic project full of dreams, freedom, equality, hope, optimism, courage and a pride in being.
Aiming to draw near to people who live and think as I do, my homosexual brothers, implacable and rebellious, day after day claiming and demanding our rightful place in this oft times unjust and intolerant society, so together we draw closer to the Mexico in which we move and that moves us –by no matter what– and say that only with equality and tolerance will we be able to create a harmonious and integrated society.
Since the beginning the byword has been not to change direction, nor deviate from this fundamental objective.
That is why each and every year we take part in the “Gay-Lesbian Week”, the “Gay Pride March”, “Days of struggle against AIDS”, with our aim to promote sexual diversity. We support the movement “Transvestite and Transsexual”, which is why in November 1998 we presented in the Palace of Fine Arts the choreography “Antes que amanezca (cuando ya va muy mala)”, during the finals of the Nineteenth INBA-UAM award, which specifically refers to the problem of the transvestite in all its senses within Mexican society.
We have worked with different audiences because La Cebra is not exclusively designed for its own kind; we like to dance for any sort of audience and appear before any kind of audience and on any kind of stage – even though we break our high heels. We want to reach all the corners of the country, which has turned out to be difficult, since in some places in the provinces censorship has reared its ugly head. We maintain hope and optimism in a people that is starting to demand a Mexico of change and advancement; that is where we want to go and say what we are through our dances that savour and dream of rebellion. That is why I am a postmodern “Pancho Villa”.
I can do anything; I do what I want to in fact, – except leave Mexico. My greatest wish is some day to see it different, (I couldn’t care less if they say I am being utopian). I cannot keep quiet and I wish I had the power to free the world of the stigmas of rejection and discrimination, which is why I support free sexual preference. I often dream of living in a place open, tolerant and equal for all.
José Rivera Moya, June / 2012, México D.F.