“When I saw the dance for the first time in a youtube video I said to myself, something very strong must happen to this men in order for them to move like this.” — Leonor Maldonado, filmmaker
The starting point for DANZA Y FRONTERA (dance and border) is a choreography that arises at the border between Mexico and the US. The dance from the neighbourhood of El Ejido Veinte of the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (Mexico) is performed today only by men, in a context of extreme violence related to the border, narco-traffic and narco-culture. Developed by a group of youngsters from the neighborhood under the direction of Rodrigo de la Torre, twenty years ago, the choreography is an updated form of an ancient dance that exists in Mexico since pre-hispanic times. This dance was later used by the Casa Austria (Habsburg) and the Spanish Crown to drive the conquest of Mexico forward. It continued to transform itself and has survived till today. A contemporary pop-cultural appropriation in which indigenous practices, colonial narratives, Hip Hop culture and mysticism resonate together.
DANZA Y FRONTERA explores this border choreography and brings its protagonists across the borders of Europe, to create a performance about a potent political embodiment of brotherhood, liminality and struggle, whose function goes far beyond stage and representation. As border subjects, the performers inhabit a place in between, understanding its power and limitations, convinced that dance will always go beyond all notions of borders be they cultural, national or aesthetic.
The theory supporting programme with contributions by Nicole Haitzinger, Alma Quintana and Juan Carlos Palma will be published by mid-September on our website.
is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian choreographer, dancer and cultural worker living in Vienna. Her choreographic work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement, introducing non-western references and perspectives in contemporary performance.
Amanda Piña is interested in making art beyond the idea of a product and in developing new frameworks for the creation of and encounter with artistic aesthetic experiences. She dances among other in pieces by DD Dorvillier or Christine Gaigg.