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 corresponds to the fourth volume of the research on “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),lead by dance-leader Rodrigo de la Torre,  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




26.05.2022 – 26.05.2022 // Teatro do Bairro Alto Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
22.10.2021 – 24.10.2021 // Spielart München, München, Germany
27.08.2021 – 30.06.2021 // Ruhr Trienale at PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany
31.07.2019 – 02.08.2019 // ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance FestivalTanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria
11.10.2018 // Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria
13.10.2018 // Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria
31.07.2019 – 02.08.2019 // MUMOK , Vienna, Austria
22.05.2020 – 23.05.2020 // Theater der Welt (Canceled Due to Covid-19), Düsseldorf, Germany
26.05.2022 – 27.05.2022 // Teatro do Barrio Alto, Lisboa, Portugal



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, Jorge Luis Cruz Carrera, Dafne del Carmen Moreno, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Marie Mazer, Carlos Maria Romero (Atabey), Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado, Lina María Venegas.

Dramaturge : Nicole Haitzinger

Research / Theory: Nicole Haitzinger, Amanda Piña

Music: Christian Müller

Live percussion: Jorge Luis Cruz Carrera

Costume: La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula

Stage: Michel Jimenez

Production Management: nadaproductions

Video: Danza de Conquista, Amanda Piña / estudio el gozo. 2018

Light:  Michel Jimenez

Senior Adviser: Marie–Christine Barrata Dragono

International distribution, tour management: Something Great (Berlin)

Management: Angela Vadori Smart AG

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.









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