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The Forest of Mirrors
Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3

"The xapiripë animal spirits have danced for shamans since primordial times and so they continue to dance today. They look like human beings but they are as tiny as specks of sparkling dust. To be able to see them you must inhale the powder of the yãkõanahi tree many, many times. It takes as much time as Whites take to learn the design of their words. The yãkõanahi powder is the food of the spirits. Those who don't 'drink' it remain with the eyes of ghosts and see nothing."
(Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami thinker and political leader)

The third volume of the project Endangered Human Movements investigates Amerindian ontologies, cosmologies, mythologies, iconography, magic and art. During 2017, this research unfolds in different formats and constellations.
Inspired by hybrid beings that populate Amerindian oral and visual imagery, the first edition of this 3rd volume entitled The Forest of Mirrors is an attempt at creating an affective, experiential bridge between ancestral indigenous knowledge, contemporary performance and posthumanist thought. The performance explores the way concepts such as "Human" and "Identity" are understood in Amerindian terms. "Human", applying to all beings as an inner and stable form of self-consciousness, and "Identity" being understood as an unstable category, determined by the shape and attributes of the body and by its ability to transform. Between the forgotten and the still unknown, two performers — Amanda Piña and Linda Samaraweerová — work on challenging the relationship between animal, vegetal and human, friend and enemy, foreign and known.

CONCEPT + CHOREOGRAPHY + ARTISTIC DIRECTION
Amanda Piña

DIRECTION + AUDIOVISUAL CONCEPT
Daniel Zimmermann

PERFORMANCE + CHOREOGRAPHY
Linda Samaraweerová, Amanda Piña

COSTUME + STAGE DESIGN
Lise Lendais

MUSIC
Christian Müller

SONG
Daniel Zimmermann - For as long as I lived

LIGHT
Victor Duran

DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE
Angela Vadori

CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT
Paula Chaves

STAGE MECHANISM
Victor Duran, Christoph Freidhöfer

SOUND SUPPORT
Gustavo Petek

RESEARCH TEAM
Angela Vadori, Amanda Piña, Marie-Christine Baratta

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Sarah Blumenfeld

EDITING + MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
Marie-Christine Baratta

PRODUCTION
nadaproductions.at

COPRODUCTION
EN-KNAP productions – Ljubljana, STUK Leuven, Tanzquartier Wien

COOPERATION
Hellerau - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, and nadaLokal Wien, Österreichisches Kulturforum Mexiko

SUPPORT
Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA7), Bundeskanzleramt Kunst und Kultur

THE FOREST OF MIRRORS
is a production by nadaproductions, co-produced by EN-KNAP Productions, Ljubljana, and Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts, STUK Leuven and nadaLokal Wien, and is supported by the Culture Department of the City of Vienna. The project Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is also realized in cooperation with deSingel, Antwerp, and Impulstanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.