Amanda Piña is a Chilean-Mexican choreographer and performer who is fascinated by ancestral dance forms and the worldview from which they arise.
“For my new piece, Danzas Climaticas, we show the revival of a dance of the Nahu – the Masewal from the Sierra Norte de Puebla. In the context of climate change, natural disasters and plundering by the transnational mining industry – ‘the Grim Reaper’s mega projects’, as the native population in the Sierra calls them – some of the old dances are coming back. People realize that the obligation to dance and make sacrifices to the mountains has been neglected. The mountain is not simply geology for the Masewal, but a living being. It cannot be considered only matter. It is a being that gives water, that relates to the wind in order to create rain. So in this performance, the dances are the mountain, or the spirit of the mountain.
The performance can be seen at deSingel from 24 to 26 September during the festival Love at first Sight.