White Horse in South America

17Mar11

I have been thinking about gender and spirituality in Latin America while teaching GROUPIES workshops with the White Horse collective and performing Trip in Colombia and Uruguay. I attended Candombe parades in the streets of Montevideo, participated in a night-long Daime ceremony, learned my first steps of Tango and got hooked on Mate.

 

In my travels and adventures I kept  looking into indigenous and contemporary rituals to prepare my homecoming to Switzerland and to restage my solo Masculiniy at the Swiss Dance Days in March 2011

www.swissdancedays.ch

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In November 2010 White Horse taught two workshops in Bogota and Montevideo. In the workshops Maria, Xavier and I explored physicalities of devotion and surrender with both semi-professional and professional dancers/choreographers. The workshops served as laboratory and research playground for White Horse’s new group performance about religion which will premiere at HAU theater in Berlin on October 7, 2011.

In Bogota the workshop took place at Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, where we got to perform Trip in the context of the 14th edition of the Festival Universitario de Danza Contemporánea. While in Colombia we also performed and gave a master class at the Encuentro de Danza CUERPO ABIERTO on the campus of the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia in Tunja, gave a private performance at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and performed for the opening of the Festival Danza en la Ciudad at the Teatro Libre in Candalaria.

Maria and Xavier at Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán

blog of the festival: www.elprivilegiodeseramateur.blogspot.com

In Montevideo we taught a week-long workshop at Casarrodante – taller de danza y creación after having shown Trip at Teatro Solis.

www.crr-danzaycreacion.blogspot.com

groupies workshop at Casarrodante, Montevideo / photo: Nacho Correa

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