The Forest of Mirrors
Endangered Human Movements Vol.3
Inspired by hybrid beings that populate Amerindian oral and visual imagery, the first edition of this 3rd volume entitled The Forest of Mirrors is an attempt at creating an affective, experiential bridge between ancestral indigenous knowledge, contemporary performance and posthumanist thought. The performance explores the way concepts such as “Human” and “Identity” are understood in Amerindian terms. “Human”, applying to all beings as an inner and stable form of self-consciousness, and “Identity” being understood as an unstable category, determined by the shape and attributes of the body and by its ability to transform. Between the forgotten and the still unknown, two performers — Amanda Piña and Linda Samaraweerová — work on challenging the relationship between animal, vegetal and human, friend and enemy, foreign and known.
Endangered Human Movements is a long-term project developed by nadaproductions and the Austrian Ministry of Movement Affairs, which deals with ancestral movement practices and their translation into a contemporary planetary culture. Endangered Human Movements already comprises the performance and publication Four Remarks on the History of Dance - Endangered Human Movements Vol. 1, as well as the performance Dance and Resistance - Endangered Human Movements Vol. 2.