The second volume of the Endangered Human Movements series is pursuing the examination of dances that were considered »ritual« by the anthropologists of the last century. Amanda Piña and Daniel Zimmermann found them in the archives of ethnological museums, in collections and libraries in Europe. The »Battere Dance« from Tabituea, Kiribati, the Navajo »Butterfly Dance« from Arizona, the Sakkudei »Fire Dance« from Indonesia — to name a few. In the piece, the dances are brought into the here and now through a »download« process to the bodies of four dancers. »I think the dances can be regarded as part of a human reservoir of movement and relation beyond spoken or written language.« (Amanda Piña) As for the performance, it happens in a space in constant transformation created through an interlaced video, light and sound collage — which together create an intimate performance experience. The piece explores the potential resistance of the body in the current context of neoliberal market economy and the increased privatisation and depletion of natural resources. The resistance that is to be experienced is based on dance understood as a means and aim of togetherness. The piece evolves along with the different places it travels to, involving local participants in the process of learning ancestral movements.
The choreographer Amanda Piña and the visual artist Daniel Zimmermann work together since 2005 in Vienna under the label nadaproductions. Their trans-disciplinary work is centred on the dimensions of reception and perception through the involvement of audiences in new performance concepts. Their artistic practice comprises various flexible trans-medial formats that are suitable for different contexts and that enable the participation of the most different people of the civil society. Their works tackle socio-political and bio-political issues and raise the question of their consequences on the bodies of individuals. They gained international recognition with their piece WAR – Ein Kriegstanz (2013), dealing with the changing function of traditional dances and with the representation of violence in the media. Since 2015 they work on their long-term project Endangered Human Movements dedicated to dances and practices that are already vanished or threaten with extinction. They have realized two productions in the scope of this project: Four remarks on the history of dance (2014) and Dance & Resistance (2016).
In 2009 they founded the Federal Ministry of Movement Affairs, a structure being at the interface of (fictitious) institution and performance and using the potential of the perception and movement of the body to enhance consciousness. In the same year they opened the off-space performance space nadaLokal in the 15th district of Vienna.
nadaproductions has developed sustained partnerships internationally (in Belgium, Chile, Slovenia, Germany) and in Austria (with Tanzquartier Wien, ImPulsTanz –Vienna International dance Festival, Weltmuseum
In April, Tanzquartier Wien and brut join forces for FEEDBACK and present a common selection of dance and performances made in Austria. International curators as well as the local audience can get an overview over current productions from the free dance and performance scene and discover quite some insider tips from the perspective of Tanzquartier Wien and brut.
Artistic Direction Amanda Piña in collaboration with Daniel Zimmermann Choreography, Dance, Performance Alma Quintana, Yusimi Moya Rodriguez, Amanda Piña, Linda Samaraweerová Dance Solanghe Enriquez Barrios, Liam Spaenjers, Nashtinka Barrios Sotomayer and guests Choreographic Sources Yaqui, Mayo, Navajo, Gertrud Bodenwieser, Mixtecs-Mexicans, Mapuche Huilliche, Hanna Berger, Tabiteuea Islanders-Kiribati Republic, Trobriand Islanders, Tenek, Sakkudei Composition, Live Percussion, Live Music Shayna Dunkelman & Christian Müller Light Victor Durán Stage & Projections Daniel Zimmermann Choreography Assistance Paula Chaves Movement Downloads from ethnographic films Lina Maria Venegas, Amanda Piña Dramaturgical Adviser Angela Vadori Artistic Adviser Quim Pujol Costumes Francesca Aldegani, Anke Philippe Production Manager and Research Sarah Blumenfeld Editing and Management Consulting Marie-Christine Baratta Production nadaproductions.at Co-production De Singel International art campus, Tanzquartier Wien
The project Endangered Human Movements is supported by: ImpulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, NAVE, Creation and Residence Center, Santiago de Chile, Tanzquartier Wien, STUK a house for dance, image and sound, Hellerau Dresden.
Supported by MA7 - Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, BMfB - Bundesministerium für Bewegungsangelegenheiten, BKA Kunst und Kultur – Bundeskanzerlamt Österreich Thanks to Marta Huepe García, Andrea Amort, Nicole Heitzinger, Gabrielle Cram, Don Celestino, Michael Carter, Elisabeth Hirner, María José Cifuentes, Lutz Baumann, Angela Vadori, Ernesto Neto & the Huni Kuin, Thomas Fasching, the technical team from deSingel for their kind and generous support and to all our ancestors.
TQW / Halle G, at Museumsquartier
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna