22 - 23 Jul 2020

Climatic dances

Two indigenous Mexican dances inspire the avant-première of a choreography which links the body with climate change and they show the way in which native Latin American cultures establish links between the natural environment and social life.

Amanda Piña is a Chilean-Mexican artist and choreographer living in Austria, and the piece she is bringing to La Caldera as an avant-première is the fifth instalment of “Endangered Human Movements”, a research project on the loss of biological and cultural diversity on our planet. The project began in 2014 and is focused on dances and movement practices that have been developed over centuries around the world, in order to facilitate their reappearance in other bodies and contexts. Through presentations, workshops, installations, publications and a complete online archive, Amanda Piña reconstructs, recontextualises and gives new meaning to ancestral movements and speculates on their future potential.

In this fifth instalment of the series, the artist uses the work of the Mexican anthropologist Alessandro Questa on two dances from the highlands in the north of Puebla, performed by the Macehual indigenous people. They are about climate change and mining exploitation. The dances are called tipekajomehand wewentiyo and form the beginning of a journey to the interior of the Earth. The piece explores the changes in the ideas that different generations throughout history have had about the Earth and imagines new and ancestral ways of relating to the world and to nature. As Alessandro Questa explains in his research, these dances we call traditional are in reality social devices that highlight the interdependent relationships between social and natural contexts, and which place emphasis on the relationships between all forms of life in the area.

The author has created a choreography that focuses on the decolonisation of art and the political and social potential of the body and movement. The artist, who often uses elements that confound western cultural references, shows us new ways to understand dance and art, beyond the idea of contemporaneity.

Duration aprox 110 min.

Art sheet

Artistic direction, choreography Amanda Piña

Choreography, transmission Juan Carlos Palma

Research, theory Alessandro Questa, Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma

Research practices Cristina Sandino, Juan Carlos Palma, Amanda Piña

Integral design & stage design Michel Jimenez

Video ( film) & video (installation) Amanda Piña

Edition (film) Isabella Strehlau

Performers (film) Juan Carlos Palma, Alessandro Questa, Studierende der National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico (ENDF)

Live performance Amanda Piña,  Cristina Sandino, Vanessa Medina

Music/ sound composition Christian Müller

Costumes in the performance Julia Trybula, 

Costumes (film) Danza de Tejoneros y de Negritos, Privatsammlung Alessandro Questa, Axel Giovanni Castañeda Morales und Ariana Castellanos

Light Michel Jimenez

Production Isabella Strehlau

International distribution, tour management Something Great (Berlin)

Senior advisor Marie-Christine Baratta-Dragono

Management Angela Vadori (SMart)

A coproduction by nadaproductions and Museo Universitario el Chopo (Mexico), Tanzquartier Wien and deSingel (Antwerp). Funded by Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs (Vienna) MA7, FONCA Programa Nacional de Creadores Escénicos) and the Arts and Culture division of the BKA Austrian Federal Chancellery. With the support from the BKA, Mexican Embassy in Austria, The National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, Skanes Danstheater (Malmö)DAS THIRD – Amsterdam University of the Arts.

Is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian artist and cultural worker living between Vienna and Mexico City. Her work is concerned with the decolonisation of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement. Her works are contemporary rituals for temporary dismantling the ideological separations between modern and traditional, the human, the animal and the vegetal, nature and culture. Amanda Piña is interested in making art beyond the idea of a product and in developing new frameworks for the creation of sensual experiences.

More about Amanda Piña at La Caldera

22nd and 23th july, 8.30pm

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