Danza y Frontera (Tanz und Grenze)
Endangered Human Movements Vol. 4
When I saw the dance for the first time in a youtube video I said to myself, something very strong must happen to this men in order for them to move like this”
Leonor Maldonado, Filmmaker
The piece is the latest work in the series “Endangered Human Movements” * and it is based on a dance that arises at the border between Mexico and the US. The dance from the neighborhood of El Ejido Veinte of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (MX), is performed today in a context of extreme violence related to a border where narcotraffic, militarization, and cheap labour industries meet. The dance has its roots in an ancient pre-hispanic dance form that was later used by the Spanish Crown, (Casa Austria / Habsburg) to develop the conquest of Mexico as a Danza de Conquista, a conquest dance. It continued to transform itself till today used as a form of resistance to colonial and later neoliberal forces. A contemporary pop-cultural appropriation in which indigenous practices, colonial narratives, Hip Hop culture and indigenous mysticism resonate.
Danza y Frontera explores this border choreography and brings its protagonists to Vienna in the context of the advancement of Fortress Europe. As border subjects, the performers inhabit a place in between, understanding its power and limitations, dancing beyond all notions of borders be they cultural, national or aesthetic.
LIVING IN BORDERLANDS, A film about Danza y Frontera by Susana Ojeda here :https://vimeo.com/328134772
Artistic Direction / Choreography: Amanda Piña
Choreography / Transmision: Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado
Research: Alma Quintana, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Alberto Montes, Paula Chaves
Performance: Matteo Marziano Graziano, Daphna Horenczyk, Jhonatan Magaña García, Dafne del Carmen Moreno, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Cristina Sandino, Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado, Lina María Venegas.
Dramaturge and development: Nicole Haitzinger
Research / Theory: Nicole Haitzinger, Amanda Piña
Music: Christian Müller
Live percussion:Jhonatan Magaña García
Costume: La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula
Production Management:Nora Soponyai
Videos in the monitors:Danza de Conquista, Amanda Piña / estudio el gozo. 2018
Living in Borderlands: Susana Ojeda & estudio el gozo.2018, Indians and Moors, excerpt of the theatre version,2019. Borderlands, estudioelgozo, Excerpt of the theatre version 2019.
Senior Adviser:Marie–Christine Barrata Dragono
Danza y Frontera (Tanz und Grenze) is produced by nadaproductions, co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien and is funded by the City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien) and the BKA (Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur).
With the support of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, INBA, National Institute of Fine Arts Mexico, Diplomado “Como Encender Un Fosforo”, Alma Quintana, University Museum of Contemporary Art of Mexico, MUAC, The Goethe Institut Mexico, Museo Universitario del Chopo, the Mexican Embassy in Austria, ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival.