This conversation stems from the long-term art-based research project “Endangered Human Movements”,initiatedby Amanda Piña, where different perspectives meet to decolonize contemporary art and cultural practices by introducing critical perspectives from the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, visual arts, dance, choreography and traditional-contemporary indigenous Amerindian knowledge. The latter encompassing not only contemporary shamanism but also orally transmitted knowledge, social knowledge about the body, about movement and touch, about healing, about plants, about perception, about the interconnectedness of life forms and about ritual diplomatic knowledge applied to the relationship with other beings. In “The Jaguar Talks” different modes of knowledge enter into a dialogue without the habitual hierarchies between them, and this becomes a way of rehearsing ecologies of forms of knowing.
The following talk presents a multitude of voices and perspectives referring to Frontera I Border, a texture that accentuates the complex constellations of the theatrical and the political in our society and the togetherness of the aesthetical and the ethical in a performative world.
Amanda Piña is a Chilean-Mexican artist living in Vienna and Mexico City. Her work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement, temporarily dismantling ideological separations between contemporary and traditional, human and animal, nature and culture. Her work has been presented in institutions such as the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, Kunsthalle Wien and MUMOK Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Royal Festival Hall, London, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico and Festival Santiago a Mil, Chile. She is a research fellow at the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance at Amsterdam University of the Arts.
Nicole Haitzinger works at the Department of Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg. She completed a post-graduate course at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. As a dramaturg and curator she collaborates on diverse international projects and theory/practice modules, and gives guest lectures and teaches internationally, e.g. in Moscow, Nice, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Berne, Belgrade, Mexico City. She is currently leading a research project on dancers of colour in early twentieth-century Europe.
Juan José Luis Katira Ramirez is a mara’akame (singer, shaman) of the community of Tatey Kie, La laguna, jurisdiction of San Andres Cohamiata in Mezquitic, Jalisco, Mexico. He served as the governor of his community and was entrusted with various offices – fifteen years in the ceremonial centres in Cohamiata, five in San José, fifteen in San Andrés, and another five in las Guayavas. He is an active leader and defender of the ancestral sacred territory of Wirikuta and of the autonomy of the Wixárika people in Mexico. Juan José Luis “Katira” Ramirez works as an ambassador of Wixárika culture and ancestral-contemporary knowledge and has participated in numerous projects aiming to give visibility to the Wixárika struggle for the protection of the ancestral sacred territory Wirikuta, e.g., the documentary film “Huicholes, The Last Peyote Guardians” by the Argentinean filmmaker Hernan Vilchez. As mara’akame of his community, Mr Ramirez works in preserving the community’s physical and mental health, and is involved in the work of healing as a form of activism in Mexico, the US, Canada, Latin America and Europe
Maria Teresa Tulama Ramirez Muñoz learned the healing tradition of medicine women from her parents. Through the work with her partner, Mara’akame Katira, she developed this knowledge also beyond her community. As an artist she has knowledge of textile embroidery, the manufacture of traditional wear, jewellery and nierika ritual objects. She carries the responsibility towards her community as a follower and keeper of the tradition for the younger generations. She is the mother of nine children. She is also a mara’akame (singer, shaman), a title that is only acquired after pilgrimage and sacrifice to the five directions, and she offices in the rituals and ceremonies of her community in the process of communication with the ancestral deities.
Rodrigo (Rigo) de la Torre Coronado is a dancer and dance leader born in the city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas, Mexico. He started in the dance of matlachines at the age of fifteen in 1995, within a ‘traditional/folkloric’ dance context. After one year he decided together with his comrades to form a new dance leaving behind the traditional in order to give way for a new dance style ‘La Danza de Matamoros’, a new traditional dance that has expanded vastly in the region. He is the leader of the dance of the ‘Ejido Veinte of Matamoros’, and has been invited to different festivals and dance schools in Mexico to teach this new dance style that is spreading fast and that the youth takes as their own.