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La Zenaida
Co-Directed by Cheto Castellano & Lissette Olivares 2013, 6:19 min


Using a tropicamp aesthetic Coco Rico re-performs legendary cumbia singer Armando Hernandez’s famous song, La Zenaida, which pays homage to a black working class woman that sells fruit in a Colombian city. In this performative and diasporic remake, La Zenaida (Ladi Sasha Jones) traverses NYC’s urban jungle while Coco Rico’s trans animations offer pleasure to working class women everywhere.


-World Premiere, 2224 Gallery, Taiwan, curated by Jian Chen
-DonauFestival, Austria (live performance with screening of video by Coco Rico as himself/herself)
-South Africa Premiere, Iranti-Org, August 2013, curated by Jian Chen
-NY Premiere, Mix Queer Experimental Film Festival, Nov.16, 2013

About the Performers

Ladi'Sasha Jones is a cultural arts producer and documentarian with a special interest in oral histories and Black American family life. She currently lives and works in Harlem where so co-curates Public Programs at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her work engages the intersections of digital storytelling, archives and public art. In 2010, Ladi'Sasha received her BA in African American Studies from Temple University and a MA in Arts Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2012. Learn more at

Coco Rico is committed to the elaboration of oppositional political imaginaries through speculative feminism. She uses the colors of the rainbow to channel revolutionary energy, while her dance moves are inspired by Emma Goldman, who is attributed with the following statements:

“If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!

If I can't dance, I don't want your revolution!

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.

A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having.

If there won't be dancing at the revolution, I'm not coming.
If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”
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