Dance & Resistance

Endangered Human Vol.2


The performance series Endangered Human Movements deals with dances and cultural practices that are in danger of disappearing or already extinct. These dances were practiced in commonality articulating reciprocal relationships between humans, with animals and plants, the weather and the environment. The second Volume of this series called Dance and Resistance focuses on dances that were considered “ritual” by the anthropologists of the last century. The dances re-embodied in the performance were banned, persecuted or even distorted beyond recognition in order to accommodate and serve the goals and purposes of colonization and Christianization. The piece explores the potential resistance of the body in the current context of neoliberal market economy and the increased privatization and depletion of natural resources.

»I think the dances can be regarded as part of a human reservoir of movement and relation beyond spoken or written language.« — Amanda Piña

As for the performance, it happens in a space in constant transformation created through an interlaced video, light and sound collage — which together create an intimate performance experience.


10.11.2018 – 11.09.2018 // NAVE, Santiago de Chile, Chile
03.02.2018 – 04.02.2018 // Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
30.01.2018 – 02.02.2018 // Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
05.10.2017 – 06.10.2017 // HAU, Berlin, Germany
30.09.2017 – 04.10.2017 // HAU, Berlin, Germany
24.04.2017 // Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria
03.03.2017 – 04.03.2017 // DansFabrik, Brest, France
27.02.2017 – 03.03.2017 // DansFabrik, Brest, France
20.12.2016 – 21.12.2016 // STUK, Leuven, Belgium
14.12.2016 – 18.12.2016 // STUK, Leuven, Belgium
03.12.2016 – 04.12.2016 // Cofestival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18.03.2016 – 19.03.2016 // Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria
18.12.2015 – 19.12.2015 // deSingel, Antwerpen, Belgium
07.12.2015 – 17.12.2015 // deSingel, Antwerpen, Belgium


Artistic Direction
Amanda Piña in collaboration with Daniel Zimmermann

Choreography, Dance & Performance
Amanda Piña, Alma Quintana, Yusimi Moya Rodriguez & Linda Samaraweerová

Choreographic Sources
Hanna Berger, Gertrud Bodenwieser, Mapuche Huilliche, Mayo, Mixtecs-Mexicans, Navajo, Sakkudei, Tabiteuea Islanders-Kiribati Republic, Trobriand Islanders, Tenek & Yaqui

Composition, Live Music & Live Percussion  
Shayna Dunkelman & Christian Müller

Victor Durán

Projections & Stage 
Daniel Zimmermann

Choreography Assistance
Paula Chavez

Movements Download from Ethnographic Films
Amanda Piña & Lina Maria Venegas

Dramaturgical Adviser
Angela Vadori

Artistic Adviser
Quim Pujol

Francesca Aldegani & Anke Philippe

Production Manager & Research
Sarah Blumenfeld

Managment Consulting & Editing  
Marie-Christine Baratta-Dragono

deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp) & Tanzquartier Wien

The Project Endangered Human Movements is supported by
ImpulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, NAVE – Creation and Residence Center (Santiago de Chile) & Tanzquartier Wien

Supported by
BKA Kunst und Kultur – Bundeskanzerlamt Österreich, BMfB – Bundesministerium für Bewegungsangelegenheiten & MA7 – Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien

Thanks to
Andrea Amort, Lutz Baumann, Michael Carter, Don Celestino, María José Cifuentes, Gabrielle Cram, Thomas Fasching, Marta Huepe García, Nicole Heitzinger, Elisabeth Hirner, Ernesto Neto & the Huni Kuin, Angela Vadori, the technical team from deSingel for their kind and generous support & to all our ancestors

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