Frontera / Border – a Living Monument

    15/05  | 22:00
    16/05  | 23:00
    18/05  | 18:00
    19/05  | 18:00
    20/05  | 20:00

€ 16 / €13
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Frontera I Border – a Living Monument by the Mexican-Chilean choreographer Amanda Piña has its roots in a dance that emerged from the neighbourhood of El Ejido Veinte of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border between Mexico and the United States, and is performed by young people at risk from the extremely violent environment associated with this liminal space, a place where drug trafficking, militarisation and an industry around cheap labour prosper. The dance that inspired Amanda Piña was originally devised by the Spanish and depicts the Christian victory over the Moors. During Latin America’s colonisation it became a racist propaganda tool. The difference between white and non-white was then exported, with “the Indian” obviously personifying the “Moor” to be dominated and the Christian representing Spain. The dance continued to evolve and became seen as a form of resistance to colonial and, later, neoliberal forces. By exploring a choreography of borders in which hip-hop culture, colonial tales, native practices and mysticism intertwine, Amanda Piña also reminds us that the border is not only a place but is also inscribed in the bodies, contributing to their process of racialisation. Thus the bodies themselves carry these frontiers with them – some more than others.

See also: Free School, Escuela de Frontera / A School of Borders

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

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-BOZAR as part of the exhibition “Danser Brut”
20.05 — 21.07

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Amanda Piña
Choreography and Transmission: Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado
Previous transmission in Belgium: Amanda Piña & Dafne del Carmen Moreno
Ambassadors of La Danza de Matamoros in Belgium: MELTING POT Marco Torrice,
Ezra Fieremans & Lucas Katangila
Research and Theory: Nicole Haitzinger, Amanda Piña
Research and Movement: Alma Quintana, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Alberto
Montes, Paula Chaves
Performance: Matteo Marziano Graziano, Lau Lukkarila, Jhonatan Magaña García,
Dafne del Carmen Moreno, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Cristina Sandino, Rodrigo
de la Torre Coronado, Lina María Venegas, Paula Chavez
Music: Christian Müller
Live percussion: Jhonatan Magaña García
Art Design: Michel Jimenez
Senior Adviser: Marie–Christine Barrata Dragono
Touring Producer: Something Great

Management: Angela Vadori

Production: nadaproductions,
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Funded by: the City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien), the BKA (Bundeskanzleramt— Kunst und Kultur)
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.

Performances in Brussels with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels

In collaboration with: Melting Pot and Open ISAC

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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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