Escuela de Frontera [Border School], a project by Amanda Piña
We invite women from the Lavapiés neighbourhood and surroundings to take part in a collective ritual based on water as a vital fluid. The invitation includes a workshop and a ritual action in the public space, proposed as a place for sharing diaspora, migration and transit experiences through dance.
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Participants in the "Escuela de Frontera" workshop will learn the steps of the M20, a dance style practised in Matamoros (Tamaulipas, Mexico). Anyone can dance the M20, not just professionals, and on this occasion it will be taught by dancers Rodrigo de la Torre, Dafne Moreno, Marîe Mazer and Amanda Piña. The participants will also create allegories about the origin of the water in the neighbourhood, its presence in our bodies and its vital importance. The dance is a powerful experience that doesn’t require any previous knowledge but it does rely on an enjoyment of dancing, sharing experiences through dance and being part of a collective moving action conceived as a solidarity ritual in the public space.
The workshop is free, prior registration, and is designed to share practical and theoretical knowledge about this dance that is emerging on the Mexican-US border as a space for sharing diaspora, migration and border-crossing experiences.
Amanda Piña’s work embodies the political and social power of movement based on indigenous forms of knowledge and world making/maintaining practices. Piña is a multifaceted artist working through choreographic and dance research, creating and curating educational frameworks, and writing and editing publications about what she refers to as “endangered human movements”. Her work can be found in performing and visual art contexts.
A Chilean-Mexican-Austrian artist, Piña lives between Vienna and Mexico City. She has presented her work at renowned art venues and festivals such as the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, MUMOK Museum of Modern Art and the ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, DeSingel in Antwerp, STUK in Leuven, Kunstenfestivalsesarts and Beursschowburg in Brussels, Buda Kortrijk, Holland Festival, Ruhr Trienale, Pact Zollverein, Royal Festival Hall in London, Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, Tanz NRW in Düsseldorf, HAU-Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, NAVE and Santiago a Mil International Festival in Chile.