The Jaguar and the Snake

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3

Performance

The Jaguar and the Snake“ a performance piece inspired by hybrid beings who populate the Amerindian oral and visual imagery. Based on these issues Amanda Piña, Linda Samaraweerová and Yoan Sorin work on embodying Amerindian iconography, especially focusing on where animal, human and vegetal meet fuse and transform.

What other forms of relationships are possible between animals, humans and plants?

The performance explores how these concepts are understood in Amerindian terms creating a visionary world between ancestral indigenous knowledge and contemporary performance art.

 

“The ethnologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, who has worked on the indigenous people of the Amazonas, can help us enter these reflections. For the latter, the original condition common to humans and animals is not animality, but humanity. The animals are ex-humans, the humans aren’t ex-animals. Where the West imagines itself a multiculturalism, a diversity of representations that has an influence on an external nature, one and total, Amerindians conceive the opposite: a representative unity, a purely pronominal phenomenology, apply indifferently on a real diversity. One single „culture“, multiple „natures“; constant epistemology, a changeable ontology. The point of view is found in the body. “

– Delphine Albrecht, trainee of communication and mediation at TU

„(…) In sum, animals are people, or see themselves as persons. Such a notion is virtually always associated with the idea that the manifest form of each species is a mere envelope (a ‘clothing’) which conceals an internal human form, usually only visible to the eyes of the particular species or to certain trans-specific beings such as shamans.”

– Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism, Eduardo Viveiros De Castro

 

Dates

23.03.2018 // Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
30.09.2018 // Academy of the Arts of the Worlds, Cologne, Germany

Credits

Artistic Direction & Choreography
Amanda Piña

Artistic Direction/Choreography:  Amanda Piña

Stage/Audio/Visual Director: Daniel Zimmermann

Choreography/Performance:  Amanda Piña, Linda Samaraweerova

Performance/Painting/Sculpture: Yoan Sorín

Music: Christian Müller

Costume/Stage: Lise Lendais

Light Design: Victor Duran

Choreographic Contribution: Ewa Bankowska, Paula Chaves

Stage Modelling: Ines Kirchengast

Production Internship: Sophie Eidenberger

Production Management: Angela Vadori

Production: nadaproductions.at

The School of the Jaguar is produced by nadaproductions, co-produced by deSingel Antwerpen and STUK Leuven and is funded by the City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien).

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien, EN KNAP Productions-Ljubljana and supported by Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste-Dresden and Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur (Austrian Federal Chancellery – Art and Culture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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