TITLE: Viejo Mask
GENERAL REGION: Latin America
DESCRIPTION: Viejo Mask
CEREMONY: Danza del Viejo y la Vieja
MAIN MATERIAL: paper maché
OTHER MATERIALS: plaster; paint; string; wire mesh
One of the lesser known cultural traditions of Nicaragua is the Danza del Viejo y la Vieja (Dance of the Old Man and Woman), a two-person masked dance accompanied by a whistle, marimba, and drum. The dance is a parody of infidelity and hypocrisy. As the pair dances, the cane-wielding viejo flirts with the girls in the audience, and the vieja (usually played by a man) flirts with the boys. When each eventually realizes what the other is up to, they start arguing and beating each other.