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Recording: 2021-08-20 , Tanz im August | Haus der Statistik (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Amanda Piña

Frontera | Border – A Living Monument

Tanz im August | Haus der Statistik

Production Details / Press Releases

“Frontera | Border – A Living Monument”, by Mexican-­Chilean-­Austrian choreo­grapher Amanda Piña, has its roots in a dance that emerged at the border between Mexico and the United States. The dance, originally devised as a conquest dance by the Spanish to depict the Christian victory over the Muslim conquerors and in which pre­-Hispanic traces can also be recognised, evolved over time and later became seen as a form of resistance to colonial and neoliberal forces. In a choreography that mixes hip-hop culture, colonial tales, native practices and mysticism, Piña reminds us that the bor­der is not only mapped on the land but is also inscribed in certain bodies more than in others.

“Frontera I Border – A Living Monument” is the fourth volume in Amanda Piña’s “Endangered Human Movements” project. The performance “Frontera I Border – A Living Monument” will be accompanied by an exhibition at Haus der Statistik, showcasing video works and costumes created in the context of the research for “Endangered Human Movements Vol. 4, Danza y Frontera”.

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. Since 2008 she has led the expanded choreography and performance gallery space nadaLokal in Vienna which she founded together with Swiss visual artist Daniel Zimmermann, with whom she also founded her company, nadaproductions. She is currently working on the long-term project “Endangered Human Movements” dedicated to the re-appearance of dances and cultural practices. So far, five volumes have been realised, which include performances, installations, videos, publications, curatorial frameworks, workshops and lectures.

Article “The Conquistador, the Missionary, the Spattered Migrant, the Warrior Women” by Nicole Haitzinger:

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1557

Cast & Credits

Artistic Direction & Choreography: Amanda Piña
Art Design: Michel Jimenez
Choreography & Transmission danza de Matamoros: Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado
Research: Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Amanda Piña
Performance: Matteo Marziano Graziano, Daphna Horenczyk, Dafne del Carmen Moreno, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado, Lina María Venegas, Marie Mazzer Maraviesky, Carlos María Romero aka Atabey Mamasita, Jorgue luis Cruz Carrera
Music and composition: Christian Müller
Live percussion: Jorgue luis Cruz Carrera
Research / Theory / Dramaturgy: Nicole Haitzinger
Costume: La mata del veinte / Julia Trybula
Production Management: nadaproductions
International distribution, tour management: Something Great (Berlin)
Senior Adviser: Marie-Christine Barrata Dragono
Management: Angela Vadori

Production: nadaproductions. Co-production: Kunsten Festival des Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Arts Finland, asphalt Festival Düsseldorf. Funded by: City of Vienna. Supported by: The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National School of Folkloric Dance of México, INBA, National Institute of Fine Arts México.

In cooperation with Haus der Statistik.

Tanz im August 2021
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer & Logistics: René Dombrowski
Production: Monica Ferrari, Florian Greß, Johanna Herrschmann, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ben Mohai, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

Haus der Statistik

Otto-Braun-Straße 70-72
10178 Berlin

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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