Frontera I Border- A living monument
Endangered Human Movements Vol. 4
“He told me: Prepare for tomorrow, we will cross the border. To cross at the first try is not far from a dream. After the slope, walk with great care, the way to the other side is plagued with snakes”
Popular “corrido” song, author unknown
The piece corresponds to the fourth volume of the research on “Endangered Human Movements” *,a long-term research carried out by choreographer Amanda Piña on the current loss of planetary cultural and biological diversity.
Rooted 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), with re -enactments of the battles in Europe between Mors and Christians.
This old dance is practiced and actualized today by a group of youngsters from Matamoros, Tamaulipas ( MX) at the border between Mexico and the U.S. in a context where extreme violence, narco traffic, militarization, and cheap labor industries meet.
If race is a mark carried on a body of a certain position in History, to unsettle the hegemony of that history is central to the development of this work which looks at “traditional” dance as a repertoire of inscriptions where many narrations intertwine, encoding a continues movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and dispossession.
Frontera I Border, proposes a living monument, a monumental dance, as a homage to the power and resilience of those whose bodies carry borders, to those who dear to cross.
* 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-contextualize and re signify human movement practices in danger of disappearing, aiming at unleashing their future potential.
Artistic Direction / Choreography: Amanda Piña
Art Design / Michel Jimenez
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), the BKA (Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur) and FONCA, Programa Nacional de Creadores Escénicos México.
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.