Endangered Human Movements Vol. 5
“These so-called traditional dances stand in fact as creative social devices to visualize and intervene into socio-environmental relations, stressing the interdependence between all life forms in this mountainous region.”
Climatic Dances is the name of the fifth volume of the Endangered Human Movements* series, a long-term research carried out by choreographer Amanda Piña on the current planetary loss of cultural and biological diversity.
The piece is inspired by the work of Mexican anthropologist Alessandro Questa, on two “traditional” dances of the Northern Highlands of Puebla performed by indigenous Masewal people, in a context of climate change and mining exploitation in the region.
The work is an essay on the possibility of thinking the world leaving behind the idea of progress and about how dance as a social movement, can contribute to that process.
* Endangered Human Movements is the title of a long-term project, started in the year 2014, focusing on human movement practices which have been cultivated for centuries all over the world. Inside this frame a series of performances, workshops, installations, publications and a comprehensive online archive are developed which reconstruct, re-contextualise and re signify human movement practices in danger of disappearing, aiming at unleashing their future potential.
Artistic Direction / Choreography: Amanda Piña
Choreography / Transmision: Juan Carlos Palma
Research, Theory: Alessandro Questa, Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma.
Video: Michel Jimenez, Amanda Piña
Performance: Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma, Alessandro Questa, students of the 3rd Semester of the BA in folkloric Dance from the National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, (ENDF)
Music: Christian Müller
Costume: Danza de Tejoneros y de Negritos, colección privada da Alessandro Questa, nadaproductions
Production Management:Nora Soponyai
Senior Adviser: Marie–Christine Barrata Dragono
Climatic Dances, (EHM Vol.5) is produced by nadaproductions, co-produced by Museo Universitario el Chopo, Mexico Tanzquartier Wien and is funded by FONCA Programa Nacional de Creadores Escénicos, the City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien), and the BKA (Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur).
With the support of the BKA, the National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, Museo Universitario del Chopo.