Published April 26, 2020 | Version v1
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The legend of Mu (in Spanish)

  • 1. Jose Luis Maria Mora Institute, Mexico City
  • 2. Autonomous Metropolitan University, Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 3. National Centre for Theatre Research, Documentation, and Information Rodolfo Usigli, Mexico City, Mexico


This article presents a theatre work, including critical comments by two specialists. The author, who completed a PhD where he had examined the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects, decided that the language and communicational dynamics of theatre could provide a better chance to raise awareness and simultaneously contribute to the critique of development policies based on the construction of megaprojects. The piece adopts a satirical approach to explore how policy decisions of such scale are often taken and implemented, delivering a sarcastic analysis, grounded on a real case whose details were anonymized. The present work offers an example of the possibility of dialogue between academy, dramaturgy and scenic arts. It presents an analysis of the motivations that led to staging La Leyenda de Mu (The Legend of Mu), which has been played for several seasons in Mexico City and was presented on 5- 6 April 2017 at the Moliére Theatre, San Jose, Costa Rica, during the VIII International Meeting of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network. The work offers a critique of technocracy and of the rational-administrative thinking that is invoked to justify the construction of so-called megaprojects, which have significant impacts on human populations and on the management of natural resources, including water.

This publication belongs to the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network Working Papers Series (, Vol. 6, No 3.

This issue was developed by members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network’s Thematic Area 7 (TA7), Art, Communication, Culture, and Education. This is the second issue of the TA7 Series. 



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