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.
Climatic Dances explores different notions of earth from different ontological genealogies . In this piece the biographical landscape of the artist, a particular mountain in the central Andes in Chile, which is today being destroyed by Neo-extractive forces, becomes a place from where to share grief and fury, to mourn and stand up. 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’. Climatic Dances is an embodied visual effort to practice new ancestral ways of relating with the living world.
As an effort to root in the context which is presented, and in the bodies of people from each city the piece is presented, the performance hosts a dance workshop of 4 days previous to the public presentations , with the participants joining the performers on stage for a collective dance at the end of the performance.
* 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.
“There cannot be a discourse of decolonization, nor a theory of decolonization, without a decolonizing practice”- Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui.
In this workshop we will share theory and practice relevant to the creation and research around Climatic Dances, Endangered Human Movements Vol.5
As a feminine and decolonial ecosomatic proposal, this workshop / laboratory proposes the practice and reappearance of dance structures of Masewal origin that facilitate the action of becoming a mountain, as well as the application of practices of somatic origin that facilitate the transformation of the body in movement.
The work proposes understanding and experiencing the body as an earth place, relational on multiple scales, from the micro to the macro. A body that is part of other bodies: city, sea, mountain, glacier, lake, river, estuary, continental, planetary and cosmic body. A body made up in turn by other bodies: anatomical structures, bodies that make up the microbiota (bacteria, viruses and microbes), cellular, atomic, subatomic, subtle and immaterial bodies. Dance is here not understood only as a form of expression but as an ancient way on knowing through identification, in this sense all practices shared in the workshop have the aim at establishing a close relation with other living beings as bodies, bodies of Mountains, glaciers, water and earth, bodies of mountains.
This transmission context is framed in a post-pandemic moment, proposing an exercise of mourning, awareness and resistance to extractivism in general and in particular of large-scale global mining in relation to the participation of the mountain in the creative cycle of water, in the central Andes of Chile, in a context of climate change and global crisis.
Aimed at: dancers, choreographers, and artists from other disciplines and people active in other fields of somatic knowledge, for people who love and have experience in dance (any type of dance) and or in other movement practices which require the capacity of recognising, learning and enjoying movement patterns. To dance students and young performing artists, environmental activist, people interested in the topic of decolonisation in the arts and at large.
The participation in the workshop and in the performance is proposed as a space outside capital exchange, through which to give and take as a practice of reciprocity.
Number of Participants: Max. 20, Min 7
Artistic direction, choreography
Juan Carlos Palma
Amanda Piña, Lina Venegas, Denisse Palmieri
Music/ sound composition
Integral design, light & stage design
Xavier Gibert Mateu
Alessandro Questa, Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma
Cristina Sandino, Juan Carlos Palma, Amanda Piña
International distribution, tour management
Something Great (Berlin)
Angela Vadori (SMart)
A coproduction by
Tanzquartier Wien, deSingel (Antwerp) and Tanzhaus NRW.
Amanda Piña / nadaproductions is funded by Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs (Vienna) MA7. With the support from FONCA Programa Nacional de Creadores Escénicos the BKA, Mexican Embassy in Austria, The National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, Museo del Chopo, Mexico, Skanes Danstheater (Malmö), DAS THIRD – Amsterdam University of the Arts and La Caldera Barcelona in the form of a technical residency.