Danza y Frontera 

Endangered Human Movements Vol.4 

Artist: Amanda Piña
Country: Austria / Chile / Mexico
Type: Dance / Performance
Year of Creation: 2019

A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants. Los atravesados Iive here: the squint-eyed, the perverse, the queer, the trouble- some, the mongrel, the mulato, the half-breed, the half dead; in short: those who cross over, pass over, and go through the confines of the ‘normal’. The only ‘legitimate’ inhabitants are those in power, the whites and those who align themselves with whites. Tension grips the inhabitants of the borderlands like a virus. Ambivalence and unrest reside there and death is no stranger.

Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands / La  Frontera: The New Mestiza

“This work is dedicated to those that have the courage to move, to those whose bodies carry borders”

Amanda Piña

Danza y Frontera is the fourth volume of Amanda Piña’s “Endangered Human Movements”, a long-term project dedicated to dances and cultural practices that have already vanished or are threatened with extinction.  Various volumes of research in the scope of this project have been already realized, which include performances, publications, curatorial frames, workshops and lectures.

Amanda Piña’s “Danza y Frontera” is a work based on a dance that arises at the border between Mexico and the US. The dance from the neighborhood of El Ejido Veinte of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (MX), is performed today in a context of extreme violence related to a border where narcotraffic, militarization, and cheap labour industries meet.  This dance has its roots in an ancient pre-hispanic dance form that was later used by the Spanish Crown, (Casa de Austria / House Habsburg) to develop the conquest of Mexico as a Baile de la Conquista (Dance of the Conquest). Until today, it continued to transform itself as a form of resistance to colonial and later neoliberal forces. A contemporary pop-cultural appropriation in which indigenous practices, colonial narratives, Hip Hop culture and indigenous mysticism resonate.

Danza y Frontera explores this border choreography in the context of theater and museum spaces. As border subjects, the performers inhabit a place in between, understanding its power and limitations, dancing beyond all notions of borders be they cultural, national or aesthetic.


Artistic Direction/Choreography
Amanda Piña

Rodrigo de la Torre

Alma Quintana
Juan Carlos Palma
Alberto Montes, Paula Chaves

Matteo Marziano Graziano
Daphna Horenczyk
Dafne Moreno
Cristina Sandino
Antonio Raith
Dante Murillo

Nicole Haitzinger

Christian Müller
Edgar Uriel Soria

Victor Duran

Technical Direction
Szymon Olszowski

La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula

Susana Ojeda
Hubert Marz- Estudio el Gozo

Video during performance
Amanda Piña
Susana Ojeda
Hubert Marz


Co-produced by
Tanzquartier Wien

Promotion & Touring Producer
Something Great 

Funded by
City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien) and the BKA (Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur).

With the support of
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico
INBA -  National Institute of Fine Arts Mexico
Diplomado “Como Encender Un Fosforo”
Alma Quintana
MUAC - Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo 
The Goethe Institut Mexico
Museo Universitario del Chopo
Mexican Embassy in Austria


“In this work Amanda Piña shows clearly that dance and performance are fields that create spaces and time for sensory approaches and contemporary fields of experimentation that are important tools to challenge, apply and further develop fundamentally democratic structures”.

Daniel Aschwanden (October 12,2018). “Crack and Border: Danza y Frontera”. Tanzquartier Wien Magazine. 

Photographs : Danza y Frontera (museum version) © Emilia Milewska / Danza y Frontera (stage version) © Hubert Marz