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WAR (Ein Kriegstanz)

The choreographic starting material for WAR are Polynesian dance forms that were reconstructed and developed on Easter Island during the 1980s and 1990s – among others Hoko, a famous war dance of the Rapa Nui. In an environment influenced by tourism, these “traditional” dance forms are both identity forming and survival strategies. With WAR, the division of art into contemporary vs traditional is addressed as a continuation of colonial relationships. Amanda Piña and Daniel Zimmermann use the Rapa Nui repertoire to transfer the motif of war to a global level. WAR is a danced manifesto about the advancing homogenisation of art and the world that stands for other oppressed, changed and lost perspectives. With a “post-exotic” approach, a connection is made between aggressive expansionist politics and the question of the potential resistance of the body.


COPRODUCTION: Tanzquartier Wien

WITH FRIENDLY SUPPORT by ImPulsTanz, Weltmuseum Wien (Steven Engelsman & Jani Kuhnt-Saptodewo), CNCA: Rat für Kunst und Kultur Chile (Macarena Oñate Paublo, Osterinsel), Konsulat / Republik Chile (Teresita Alvarez, Wien)
SUPPORTED by MA7 – Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Dirac – Amt für kulturelle Angelegenheiten (Aussenministerium), Republik Chile und Rathaus Hanga Roa, Osterinsel

Artistic Direction
Amanda Piña
Daniel Zimmermann
Daniel Zimmermann

Pascual Pakarati

Amanda Piña

Choreography Assistance
Elisabeth Tambwe
Lina Maria Venegas
Dance & Performance
Alexandra Mabes
Pascual Pakarati
Amanda Piña
Elisabeth Tambwe
Amanda Piña
Ivo Gurschler
Stefanie Willhelm
Victor Durán

Composition & Sound
Christian Müller

Nicolás Spencer
Anke Philip

Krisztina Kerekes

Productions Assistance
Ivo Gurschler

Line Producer
Paula Rossetti

Thanks to
Andrea Amort
Meinhard Rauchensteiner