After watching Enzo Vasquez Toral's Cuir Devotion at the Memphis Fringe Festival in 2019, I was curious about the research and performance methodologies that built this humorous and moving hybrid solo piece that features a queer take on a Catholic patron-saint fiesta called the Tunantada in the Peruvian Central Andes. Creator Vasquez Toral is a performance studies scholar who researches the interplay of colonial legacies, Indigenous ways of knowing, and contemporary queer/trans epistemologies within the Tunantada through conventional ethnographic, auto-ethnographic and performance ethnographic modes. What follows is a transcript of our conversation about the creation, development, and goals of Cuir Devotion featuring Vasquez Toral and a surprise guest.

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