Escuela de Frontera / A School of Borders

    15/05 - 20/05  | 13:00 - 15:30


For people interested in how dance and physical practices can embody a border and transitional states of being — no experience required
1-day engagement but you can join more than 1 session
Registration required: | 02 226 45 91
Free access, Limited capacity 

La danza de Conquista is a dance that stages the Spanish conquest of various territories in Latin America. Originally used for colonial propaganda, the dance has transformed and embraced its roots in ancient forms of native, pre-Hispanic dance, to become an expression of resistance to neo-colonisation. The work of Mexican-Chilean choreographer and dancer Amanda Piña focuses on decolonisation of the art form. Together with Rodrigo de la Torre, a dancer from Matamores who “updated” the dance into this new form, she will be giving a workshop on the current practice of the danza as it danced today in the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, within the sensitive geopolitical context of the border between Mexico and the USA. As well as teaching the dance movements, Amanda Piña will take time to teach and consider colonial stories, indigenous customs and contemporary local culture in order to teach the dance to participants in an non-appropriative way.

 #dance #frontera #decolonizing the body #embodying

Lecture by Rolando Vazquez Melken
17.05, 13:00

See also: Frontera / Border — a Living Monument

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Amanda Piña
Amanda Piña is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian artist and cultural worker living between Vienna and Mexico City. Her work is concerned with the decolonisation of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement. Her works are contemporary rituals for temporary dismantling the ideological separations between 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 pieces have been presented in renown art institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, MUMOK Museum of Modern Art, TQW and ImpulsTanz Festival, in Vienna. DeSingel Antwerpen,STUK Leuven, Buda Kortrik, Beurschouwburg Brussels, Royal festival Hall London, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Tanz NRW, Düsseldorf and HAU, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, NAVE and Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil in Chile.

She studied Painting before going into performance and movement based art, Studied Physical Theater in Santiago de Chile, Theater Anthropology in Barcelona and  Contemporary Dance and Choreography in Mexico, Barcelona, Salzburg (SEAD) and Montpellier (Ex.e.r.ce Choreographic Centre Montpellier) with – amongst others – Mathilde Monnier, Joao Fiaideiro, Xavier Le Roy, Olga Mesa and Julyen Hamilton. In 2006 she received the danceWEB scholarship and in 2007 the scholarship for Young Choreographers from Tanzquartier Wien. In 2018 she was awarded with the Fonca Arts grant from the Mexican Government.

Since 2013 she is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner applying the method to movement research in performance, installation and video. She danced and performed in pieces by – amongst others – DD Dorvillier, Claudia Heu, Ewa Bankowska, Daniel Aschwanden, Frans Poelstra & Robert Stejin, and Christine Gaigg, among others.  She finished the international post graduated studies in curating in the performing arts at the Salzburg University with prof. Nicole Haitzinger and Sigrid Gareis.

Since 2008 she leads the gallery space specialized in expanded choreography and performance nadaLokal in Vienna which she founded together with the Swiss Visual Artist Daniel Zimmermann. Currently works on the realisation of the long-term project Endangered Human Movements dedicated to movements 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 realised which include performances, Installations, Videos, publications, curatorial frames, workshop and lectures.

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