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.
Artistic Direction/Choreography: Amanda Piña
Choreography/Teaching: Rodrigo de la Torre
Research/Performance: Alma Quintana, Juan Carlos Palma, Alberto Montes, Paula Chaves
Performance: Matteo Marziano Graziano, Daphna Horenczyk, Dafne Moreno, Cristina Sandino, Antonio Raith, Dante Murillo
Research/Theory: Nicole Haitzinger
Music: Christian Müller, Edgar Uriel Soria
Lights: Victor Duran
Technical Direction: Szymon Olszowski
Costume: La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula
Video and Foto Documentation: Susana Ojeda, Hubert Marz- Estudio el Gozo
Video during performance: Amanda Piña, Susana Ojeda and Hubert Marz
Production Management: Angela Vadori
Production Assistance: Kira Koplin
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.