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Recording: 2023-01-11 , Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Rocio Marano

Matria – Motherland

Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Matria – Motherland explores Malambo, the resistance dance of the gauchos, that combines the step dance – “zapateo” – juxtaposed with rhythmic movements driven by the Bombo Legüero, an Argentine drum. It emerged during the conquest of Wallmapu – traditional territory of the Mapuche people – known today as Patagonia, Argentina, mainly as a solo competition between men. Matria – Motherland dismantles the disciplinary and patriarchal aspect of the style and moves towards a dance of rebellion. In a cross between traditional and contemporary dance, it challenges the standard Western aesthetic to create a space for other ontologies of dance and imagine a history not represented in colonial and hegemonic narratives.

ROCIO MARANO is an Argentinian-Spanish dancer and choreographer based in Berlin. In addition to her independent dance training, she studied at the Escola Superior d’Art i Disseny de les Illes Balears (Spain). She completed a Master’s degree in Choreography at the Inter-University Dance Centre HZT in Berlin. She was awarded the DAAD scholarship (2020) and is the recipient of the Distanzen scholarship (Neustart Kultur 2021, 2022), during which she explored the Malambo, the traditional Argentinian dance of the Gauchos, resulting in the piece Matria – Motherland and TransMatria. Rocio Marano is attracted by movement generated in the popular terrain of the collective, whose norms extend beyond contemporary dance. She has worked with an eclectic range of practices such as Krump, Malambo, interspecies somatic research (Barbara Berti) and yawning.

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TFB Nr. 1720

Cast & Credits

DANCE, MUSIC: Ángela Muñoz
COSTUME: Federico Protto
LIGHTING: Catalina Fernandez
MENTORS: Amanda Piña (Vienna), Michelle Moura (Berlin)
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Emmilou Rössling, Silja Korn
A production by Rocio Marano.
Research funding thanks to DIS-TANZEN-SOLO-Stipendiumsupport program for solo independent dance makers and Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin.
With the support of nadalokal – nadaproductions: transdisciplinary performance in Vienna.

Tanztage Berlin 2023
CURATOR: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Jette Büchsenschütz, Dandan Liu
PRODUCTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
PRESS: Wayra Schuebel
The 32nd Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., HZT Berlin, Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

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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)

Rocio Marano / Trailers and Video Documentations

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