Climatic Dances is the name of the fifth volume of the Endangered Human Movements* series, a long-term research carried out by choreographer Amanda Piña on the current loss of planetary cultural and biological diversity. It is inspired by two dances from the highlands of Puebla in Mexico, danced by Masewal people, in a context of climate change and mining exploitation. These two dances, Tipekajomeh and Wewentiyo, constitute the beginning of a trip towards the depths of the mountain and towards the re-enchantment of what modern science called geology.
Amanda Piña explores the ways in which notions about the Earth have changed over time and through different historical genealogies and ontologies. In this piece, the artist’s biographical landscape, a particular mountain in the Central Andes in Chile, now destroyed by neo-extractive forces, becomes a place from where to share grief and anger, to mourn and to stand up.
“These dances are in fact creative social devices to visualize and intervene into socio-environmental relations, stressing the interdependence between all life forms in this mountainous region.” — Alessandro Questa
* Endangered Human Movements is the title of a long-term project, started in the year 2014, focusing on human movement practices which have been cultivated for centuries all over the world.
is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian choreographer, dancer and cultural worker living between Vienna and Mexico City. Her choreographic work is concerned with the decolonisation of art, focusing on the political and social power of dance, understood as a social-environmental movement. Her performances 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.
Artistic direction, choreography Amanda Piña Choreography, transmission Juan Carlos Palma Live performance Amanda Piña, Lina Maria Venegas, Denise Palmieri Music, sound composition Christian Müller Integral design, light design, stage design Michel Jimenez Video mapping Leszek Stryla Research theory Alessandro Questa, Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma Research practices Juan Carlos Palma, Amanda Piña Video (film) Amanda Piña Editing (film) Isabella Strehlau Costumes (performance) Julia Trybula Production nadaproductions International distribution, tour management Something Great, Berlin Senior advisor Marie-Christine Barrata-Dragono Financial administration Angela Vadori (SMart) — A nadaproduction, coproduced by Museo Universitario el Chopo (Mexico City), Tanzquartier Wien, deSingel (Antwerp) and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf). Amanda Piña / nadaproductions is funded by the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs (Vienna), FONCA Programa Nacional de Creadores Escénicos and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport. With support from the Mexican Embassy in Austria, the National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, Skånes Dansteater (Malmö), DAS THIRD – Amsterdam University of the Arts and La Caldera (Barcelona) in the form of a technical residency.
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