- 24.04 > 29.04.2023
Presented at Kunstenfestivaldesarts.
A tropical jungle based on a historical decor occupies the stage of Théâtre Royal des Galeries. The painted palm trees evoke the exotic fantasies of another time. In this spectacular scenography, a choreography emerges mixing rapid movements and unconventional rhythms danced by performers wearing mirror-clad costumes. Choreographer Amanda Piña creates an exuberant ritual conceived as a séance through which dancers evoke their spiritual ancestors and come into conversation with the audience’s gaze. Their presence opens a space for invocation, exorcism, and celebration.
For this presentation, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts is welcomed for the very first time in the magical hall of Théâtre Royal des Galeries. In this Italian-style theatre, we find evidence of former splendour; red and gold velvet, a monumental chandelier, and the ceiling fresco by René Magritte. This Art Deco temple recalls an era when Black and artists of colour had to don exotic costumes before being given a place on stage. Amanda Piña and her team reinstall these forgotten and invisibled artists in the European canon with an evening of dance not to be missed!
© Nurith Wagner-Strauss/Wiener Festwochen
Artistic direction: Amanda Piña | With and by: Ángela Muñoz Martínez, Kabangu Bakambay André, Juan Carlos Palma, Venuri Perera, Amanda Piña | Dramaturgy: Nicole Haitzinger | Integral design: Michiel Jimenez | Stage set and scenography: Forêt Asiatique (1921) by Albert Dubosq, reproduced by Decoratelier Jozef Wouters as part of Infini #18 (2022) | Technical direction and light: Catalina Fernandez | Music: Ángela Muñoz Martínez, Zevra | Costumes: Federico Protto | Director’s assistant: Pierre-Louis Kerbart | Production and distribution: neon lobster/Giulia Messia & Katharina Wallisch | Production: Amanda Piña/Fortuna | Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Holland Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Tanzquartier Wien, PACT Zollverein, DDD-Festival Dias da Dança, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, NEXT Festival | Supported by: De Singel, KWP Kunstenwerkplaats, wpZimmer | Thanks to: Stadsschouwburg Kortrijk, Showtex, Bruno Forment, FWF funded project Border Dancing Across Time P‑31958 | Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria | Performances in Brussels with the support of Österreichisches Kulturforum in Brussels