Choreography as a tool for establishing socio-environmental relations
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“Unlike us, white people are not afraid of being crushed by the falling sky. But one day they may fear that as much as we do!” — Davi Kopenawa (2016)
“The ends of time are not the Anthropocene; that is a boundary, not a destiny. What comes next cannot be allowed to be the barbarism of the techno moderns.” — Donna Haraway (2017)
In an capitalocenic context, in which human action becomes a geological force that threatens the stability of the earth’s biological systems and its possibility of continuing to generate life, this lecture series proposes to understand indigenous dances and choreographic practices as ways of thinking and acting that allow establishing sustainable socio-environmental relations with non-human life systems.
This lecture conversation revisits the Masewal notions of dance, the understanding of mining and extractivism from a Masewal perspective, the possible repercussions of indigenous dance practices to our understanding of nature and choreography, and the possibility of translating indigenous ancestral embodied and oral forms of knowledge into the theatre, the museum and the academia.
With support from the Mexican Embassy in Austria
is a teacher and doctor in anthropology from the University of Virginia, USA. He has worked for two decades in indigenous communities in Mexico (warihó, ñañú, xi oí and masewal peoples). He has specialized in the study of indigenous ecologies at their intersections with various local effects of climate change and extractivist geo-capitalism; as well as in the exploration of traditional dances as native technologies for visualization and intervention in socio-environmental relations. He is currently a full-time research professor in the postgraduate degree in social anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
is a mixtec-mexican origin choregrapher, performer and researcher in the field of traditional/folkloric dance. His practice has been engaged with memory and identity processes, it’s embodiment and reenacment in the practice of traditional/folkloric dance. He works the body as a live archive that configurates possibilities of resistance. He received the FONCA award for Performing Artists from the Mexican National Art Fund. In his new piece he researches on male identity. He is currently working as a teacher at the ENDF-INBA in Mexico City.
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.
This lecture was invited as part of Amanda Piña’s Climatic Dances (Endangered Human Movements Vol. 5).
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Amanda Piña / nadaproductions
Open Rehearsal Climatic Dances