Climatic Dances, Endangered Human Movements Vol. 5
Presentation / by Amanda Piña, a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian choreographer, dancer and cultural worker
Part of the program series CHOREOGRAPHY IN ACTION
Climatic Dances is the name of the fifth volume of the Endangered Human Movements* series, a long-term research carried out by choreographer Amanda Piña on the current planetary loss of cultural and biological diversity.
The artistic research for Climatic Dances is inspired by the work of Mexican anthropologist Alessandro Questa, on two “traditional” dances of the Northern Highlands of Puebla, performed by indigenous Masewal people, in a context of climate change and advancing mining exploitation in the region.
The presentation is an essay on the possibility of thinking the world, leaving behind the idea of progress and about how dance, as a socioenvironmental movement, can contribute to that process.
For CHOREOGRAPHY IN ACTION the artist will give and insight in her work and share some choreographic and visual material, related to her research on Climatic Dances, whose first draft will be presented in October 2019, in Mexico City (Museo Universitario del Chopo UNAM) and will premiere in March 2020, in Vienna (TQW)
* 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 unleash their future potential.
Is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian choreographer, dancer and cultural worker living between Vienna and Mexico City. Her choreographic work is concerned with the decolonisation of art, focusing on the political power of dance, understood as socioenvironmental movement. Her performances are contemporary rituals for temporary dismantling the ideological separations between contemporary, modern and traditional, the human, the animal and the vegetal, nature and culture. Amanda Piña is interested in making art beyond the idea of a product, and in developing new frameworks for the creation of sensual experiences. Her work within the artistic association nadaproductions has been presented in renown art institutions such as TQW, MUMOK and ImpulsTanzFestival in Vienna, Fondation Cartier, Paris, DeSingel, Antwerp, Royal Festival Hall London, ImpulsTanzFestival Vienna, STUK Leuven, Buda Kortrijk, Beursschouwburg Brussels, Tanz NRW, Düsseldorf and HAU, Hebbel am Uffer, Berlin, NAVE and Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil in Chile. She currently leads the gallery space specialized in dance and performance nadaLokal in Vienna, and works on the realization of the long-term project Endangered Human Movements, dedicated to dances and cultural practices that have already vanished or are threatened with extinction. Four volumes of research in the scope of this project have been already realized, which include performances, publications, curatorial frames, workshops and lectures.
Part of CHOREOGRAPHY IN ACTION
This is a weekly event throughout the season. Every Monday at 7-9 pm artists and other professionals share thoughts about their artistic work and research through conversations, installations, performances and films. New presentation every monday. Open to all with an interest. The program is in English. Free entrance.