Climatic Dances ( the lecture)
Endangered Human Movements Vol. 5
Climatic Dances is the name of the fifth volume of the Endangered Human Movements* , a long-term research carried out by choreographer Amanda Piña on the current loss of planetary cultural and biological diversity.
The lecture is inspired by the work of Mexican anthropologist Alessandro Questa, on two dances from the Northern Highlands of Puebla performed by indigenous Masewal people, in a context of climate change and mining exploitation. These two dances “Tipekajomeh” and “Wewentiyo” constitute the beginning of a trip towards the depths of the mountain and towards the re enchantment of that which modern science called Geology.
Inspired in non anthropocentric dance forms, the piece explores the transformations on the notions of earth through different genealogies of history, and fabulated with new old ways of relating with the living world.
“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.”
* 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
Art Design: Michel Jimenez
Performance: Amanda Piña
Film: 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
Tour Management: Something Great Berlin
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.