The Jaguar and the Snake

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3


The Jaguar and the Snake“ is inspired by the manyfold beings populating the oral and visual traditions of Amerindian cultures. Based on a deep iconographic research Amanda Piña, Lina Maria Venegas and Yoan Sorin work on embodying beings where the animal, the human and the 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

Interview on the piece:


08.12.2017 – 09.12.2017 // DeSingel, Antwerpen, Belgium
23.03.2018 // Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
30.09.2018 // Academy of the Arts of the Worlds, Cologne, Germany
26.10.2018 // Veem House for Performance- tbc, Amsterdam, Netherlands
04.02.2019 // Fondacion Cartier, Paris, France
21.03.2019 – 22.03.2019 // STUK, Leuven, Belgium
01.02.2019 // Festival Parallele, Marseille, France
26.04.2019 – 27.04.2019 // TQW Wien, Wien, Austria
09.07.2019 – 10.07.2019 // Festival de la Cité, Lausanne, Switzerland


Artistic Direction & Choreography
Amanda Piña

Artistic Direction/Choreography:  Amanda Piña

Stage/Audio/Visual Director: Daniel Zimmermann

Choreographic Research:  Amanda Piña, Linda Samaraweerova

Performance: Amanda Piña and Lina Maria Venegas and Yoan Sorin

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


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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