NADAPRODUCTIONS

The Forest of Mirrors
Endangered Human Movements Vol.3

Premiere / TQW co-production
 
 
“The xapiripë animal spirits have danced for shamans since primordial times and so they continue to dance today. They look like human beings but they are as tiny as specks of sparkling dust. To be able to see them you must inhale the powder of the yãkõanahi tree many, many times. It takes as much time as Whites take to learn the design of their words. The yãkõanahi powder is the food of the spirits. Those who don’t ‘drink’ it remain with the eyes of ghosts and see nothing”. (Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami thinker and political leader).
 
The third volume of the project Endangered Human Movements investigates Amerindian ontologies, cosmologies, mythologies, iconography, magic and art. During 2017, this research unfolds in different formats and constellations.

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.

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CONCEPT + CHOREOGRAPHY + ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Amanda Piña
DIRECTION + AUDIOVISUAL CONCEPT: Daniel Zimmermann
PERFORMANCE + CHOREOGRAPHY: Linda Samaraweerová, Amanda Piña
COSTUME + STAGE DESIGN: Lise Lendais
MUSIC: Christian Müller
SONG: Daniel Zimmermann - For as long as I lived
LIGHT: Victor Duran
DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE: Angela Vadori
CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT: Paula Chaves
STAGE MECHANISM: Victor Duran, Christoph Freidhöfer
SOUND SUPPORT: Gustavo Petek
RESEARCH TEAM: Angela Vadori, Amanda Piña, Marie-Christine Baratta
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Sarah Blumenfeld
EDITING + MANAGEMENT CONSULTING: Marie-Christine Baratta
PRODUCTION: nadaproductions.at
COPRODUCTION: EN-KNAP productions – Ljubljana, STUK Leuven, Tanzquartier Wien
COOPERATION: Hellerau - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, and nadaLokal Wien, Österreichisches Kulturforum Mexiko
SUPPORT: Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA7), Bundeskanzleramt Kunst und Kultur
The Forest of Mirrors is a production by nadaproductions, co-produced by EN-KNAP Productions, Ljubljana, and Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts, STUK Leuven and nadaLokal Wien, and is supported by the Culture Department of the City of Vienna. The project Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is also realized in cooperation with deSingel, Antwerp, and Impulstanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.
THANKS TO: Rosa Marie Castro Valle und Gustavo Torres (Mexikanische Botschaft in Wien), Gabrielle Cram, Georg Grünberg, Eleno Guzman (Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporánea CEPRODAC), Jack Hauser, Wolf Lamsa, Carmen Mehnert, Johannes Neurath (Museo Nacional de Antropología - Inah), Cuauhtémoc Nájera (Coordination Nacional de Danza de Mexiko), Yasamin Nikseresht, Alma Quintana, Suehay Romo und Oleg Soulimenko
 
 
The Chilean choreographer Amanda Piña and the Swiss visual artist and film-maker Daniel Zimmermann have been collaborating together as nadaproductions since 2005. They work in the fields of performance, contemporary dance, theatre, politics, installation and film.
Their interdisciplinary work concentrates on perception, the investigation of the mechanics of the other, the incorporation of non-Western references into contemporary art and the exposure of the structures of exclusion and inclusion.
They have contributed together to the establishment of institutions such as the BMFB, the Vienna Off-Space for Performing Art, nadaLokal (2009) and the program Endangered Human Movements (2015). Their works have been shown internationally in theatres, halls, political and state institutions, art galleries, museums and festivals, i.a. Danza al Borde Valparaiso Chile, Europäische Tanzplattform, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Szene Salzburg, Choreographic Platform Austria, Theater Frascatti Amsterdam and the Royal Festival Hall London. Nadaproductions is supported by the City of Vienna and co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien, Impulstanz – Vienna International Dance Festival in Austria, by deSingel International Arts Campus Antwerp, STUK Leuven in Belgium and NAVE Centro de Creación y Residencia en Santiago de Chile.
 
 
 
(c) Daniel Zimmermann(c) Daniel Zimmermann
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