Photograph © Dajana Lothert, 2021. Courtesy of Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Frontera / Border – A Living Monument

Endangered Human Movements Vol.4

Frontera / Border – a Living Monument by  Amanda Piña has its roots in a dance that emerged from the neighbourhood of El Ejido Veinte of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border between Mexico and the United States, and is performed by young people at risk from the extremely violent environment associated with this liminal space, a place where drug trafficking, militarisation and an industry around cheap labour prosper. This dance was originally devised by the Spanish and depicts the Christian victory over the Moors. During Latin America’s colonisation it became a racist propaganda tool. The difference between white and non-white was then exported, with indigenous poeple forced to personify the “Moor” and the Christian representing Spain. The dance continued to evolve and became seen as a form of resistance to colonial and, later, neoliberal forces. By exploring a choreography of borders in which hip-hop culture, colonial tales, native practices and mysticism intertwine, Amanda Piña  reminds us that the border is not only a place but is also inscribed in the bodies, contributing to their process of racialisation. Thus the bodies themselves carry these frontiers with them – some more than others.


Artistic Direction and choreography
Amanda Piña

Artistic Design
Michel Jimenez

Choreography and transmission
Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado

Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Amanda Piña

Matteo Marziano Graziano, Daphna Horenczyk, Jhonatan Magaña García, Dafne del Carmen Moreno, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Cristina Sandino, Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado, Lina María Venegas, with the participation of: Ezra Fieremans, Joachim Noel, Marco Torrice

Dramaturgy and development
Nicole Haitzinger

Research and theory
Nicole Haitzinger and Amanda Piña

Christian Müller

Live percussion
Johnatan Magaña García

La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula


Something Great

Senior advisor
Marie-Christine Barrata Dragono

Angela Vadori / Smart

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Funded by  City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien)

With the support of Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, INBA - Instituto Nacional de Bellas Arte

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