Climatic Dances

Climatic Dances / Danzas Climáticas (2021)
Endangered Human Movements Vol. 5 by Amanda Piña

Climatic Dances is the name of the fifth volume of the Endangered Human Movements* , a long-term research carried out by choreographer Amanda Piña on the current loss of planetary cultural and biological diversity.

Climatic Dances explores different notions of earth from different ontological genealogies. A  landscape connected to the biography of the artist, a particular mountain in the central Andes in Chile, today being destroyed by mining extraction, becomes a place from where to share grief and fury, to mourn and imagine a future.

Inspired by the work of Mexican anthropologist Alessandro Questa, on two dances from the Northern Highlands of Puebla performed by indigenous Masewal people,  in a context of climate change and mining exploitation. These two dances “Tipekajomeh” and “Wewentiyo” constitute the beginning of a trip towards the depths of the mountain and towards the re enchantment of that which modern science called ‘Geology’. Climatic Dances is an embodied visual effort to practice new ancestral ways of relating with the living world.

As an effort to root in each context, and in the bodies of people from each city where the piece is presented, the performance  hosts a dance workshop of 4 days previous to the public presentations , with the participants joining the performance on stage for  at the end of the performance.

* Endangered Human Movements is the title of a long-term project, started in the year 2014, focusing on human movement practices which have been cultivated for centuries all over the world. Inside this frame a series of performances, workshops, installations, publications and a comprehensive online archive are developed which reconstruct, re-contextualise and re signify human movement practices in danger of disappearing, aiming at unleashing their future potential.

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