Mountains in Resistance
With Mountains in Resistance – The School of Mountains and Water, Amanda Piña continues her long-term research into the ongoing loss of our planet’s cultural and biological diversity. The three-day program will include lectures, discussions, and installations at TQW Studios, a bus tour followed by a performative parcours in the mountains. The potential interplay of art, indigenous knowledge, activism, and scientific research is at the heart of the choreographer’s work. Similar to Climatic Dances, this project will also try to redefine the relationship between humans and mountains in the context of indigenous knowledge practices from the Americas.
Mountains in Resistance is conceived as a school of unlearning the modern/colonial idea of the Human as pre-existent and separated from that which sustains its life, proposing connections of care between human bodies and bodies of mountains, glaciers, and water. It is, therefore, key to recognize mountains as living bodies, active in the reproduction of water as life. The School’s Vienna iteration taps into the history of the First Vienna Mountain Spring Pipeline, entangling past struggles for the democratization of access to safe drinking water with current ecological concerns, raising the question of whether the city’s water supply is as endless as it seems.
is a Chilean-Mexican artist living in Vienna. Her work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement for temporarily dismantling ontological separations between contemporary and traditional, human and animal, nature and culture. Her work has been presented in institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City) and NAVE (Santiago de Chile). Currently, she is working on realizing her long-term project, Endangered Human Movements, concerned with the reappearance of ancestral forms of movement and social practice. She is a research fellow at DAS THIRD at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
Artistic direction, concept, performance Amanda Piña Dramaturgy Katalin Erdődi Art design Michel Jimenez Performers Dafne Moreno, Rocío Marano, Luiza Furtado Live sound, performance Ángela Muñoz Costumes, performance Federico Protto With a special contribution from Juan José Ramirez Katira Audio track for the journey: Sound design Ángela Muñoz Concept, text Katalin Erdődi, Amanda Piña Voices Katalin Erdődi, Rocío Marano, Dafne Moreno, Amanda Piña Music by & from Don Pedro Guerra González (Amazonia, Northern Peru), Juan José Ramirez Katira (Wirikuta, Northern Mexico), Tor Lennart Tuorda (Sápmi, Northern Sweden), Vrouw! (Berlin) References Amerindian and Sami indigenous knowledge, Alexander Bartl, Ivan Illich, Lukas Plan, Eduard Suess Production Michel Jimenez Production assistance Alberto Buela Special thanks Marta Huepe, Asociación Salvemos el Arrayán, Susana Ojeda, Jonathan Meiri International distribution Something Great – A co-production by nadaproductions and Tanzquartier Wien. With support from the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna.
Mountains in Resistance – bus tour followed by a performative parcours in the mountains; in English; limited seats available; we recommend comfortable shoes and warm clothing for the evening in the mountains; the tour is unsuitable for persons with impaired mobility and wheelchair users.
In case of bad weather, the event will take place at TQW Studios.