15.05, 16.05, 18 — 20.05.2020


Amanda Piña Vienna / Santiago de Chili / Mexico City

Frontera / Border – a Living Monument

dance — premiere


⧖ ±1h | € 16 / €13

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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