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.
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 colonial science called Geology.
In danzas Climáticas Amanda Piña explores the way the notions of earth have transformed through time and through different historical genealogies and ontologies. 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. Climatic Dances is an embodied visual effort to practice new ancestral 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
Juan Carlos Palma
Alessandro Questa, Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma
Video art, video installation
Art & stage design
Juan Carlos Palma, Alessandro Questa, Studierende der National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico (ENDF)
Live performance in Vienna
Amanda Piña, Juan Carlos Palma, Cristina Sandino
Danza de Tejoneros y de Negritos, Privatsammlung Alessandro Questa, Axel Giovanni Castañeda Morales und Ariana Castellanos
International distribution, tour management
Something Great (Berlin)
Angela Vadori (SMart)
A coproduction by
nadaproductions and Museo Universitario el Chopo (Mexico), Tanzquartier Wien and deSingel (Antwerp). Funded by FONCA Programa Nacional de Creadores Escénicos, Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs (Vienna) and the Arts and Culture division of the BKA Austrian Federal Chancellery. With the support from the BKA, Mexican Embassy in Austria, The National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, Skanes Danstheater (Malmö), DAS THIRD – Amsterdam University of the Arts.