© Hubert Marz 

Danza y Frontera 

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 4

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

“When I saw the dance for the first time in a youtube video I said to myself, something very strong must happen to this men in order for them to move like this” - Leonor Maldonado, Filmmaker

This perfomance is the latest work in the series “Endangered Human Movements”* and it is 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.  The dance has its roots in an ancient pre-hispanic dance form that was later used by the Spanish Crown, (Casa Austria / Habsburg) to develop the conquest of Mexico as a Danza de Conquista, a conquest dance. It continued to transform itself till today used 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 and brings its protagonists to Vienna in the context of the advancement of Fortress Europe. 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

Video and Foto Documentation
Susana Ojeda, Hubert Marz- Estudio el Gozo

Video during performance
Amanda Piña, Susana Ojeda and Hubert Marz

nadaproductions (Vienna - AT)

Something Great (Berlin - DE) 

Co-produced by
Tanzquartier Wien

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

With the support of Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, INBA, National Institute of Fine Arts Mexico, Diplomado “Como Encender Un Fosforo”, Alma Quintana, University Museum of Contemporary Art of Mexico, MUAC, The Goethe Institut Mexico, Museo Universitario del Chopo, the Mexican Embassy in Austria, ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival.