Photographs © Claudia Pajewski, 2021. Courtesy of Short Theater Rome.  

Frontera / Procesión - Un Ritual de Agua (Border / Procession - A Ritual of Water)

Endangered Human Movements Vol.4

by Amanda Piña 
Commisioned by Short Theater Festival in Rome, Frontera/ Procesión - Un Ritual de Agua is the last instalment of the fourth volume of Amanda Piña's "Endangered Human Movements", a long-term project focusing on traditional dances and human movement practices that have existed for centuries but are today in danger of disappearing.

The fourth volume of this long-term project has its roots in a dance that emerged from the neighbourhood of El Ejido Veinte of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, at the border between Mexico and the United States. A dance that is performed today in a context of violence related to the liminal space of a border, where drug trafficking, militarisation, and cheap labour industries meet. This dance is part of the history of the so-called "Danzas de Conquista" ( Dances of Conquest), a dance initially devised by the Spanish crown to depict the Christian victory over the Moors in the Iberian Peninsula. During the colonization of Latin America, it was used by the Spanish as a racist propaganda tool, by which the difference between white and non-white was exported to Central & South America. Indigenous people were forced to personify the "Moor" in this dance and re-stage their defeat, while the figure of the Christians represented the victory of Spain. In certain parts of Latin America, this dance evolved through time transforming  into a "Baile de Reconquista", a dance of reconquest. 

After Danza y Frontera and Frontera / Border - A Living Monument, in Frontera / Procesión - Un Ritual de ÁguaAmanda Piña created a new instalment of volume 4 of Endangered Human Movements with a mixed cast of performers from Danza y Frontera and Frontera / Border - A Living Monument and members of local associations from Rome. Namely, civil rights associations oriented to strengthen solidarity among women in diverse situations of vulnerability, young and old, born in Italy and elsewhere. Adopting the subtitle "Un Ritual de Água" (A Ritual of Water), the outcome of this project in Rome was a street parade and outdoor performance in front of a fountain in a public square in Rome. An artistic intervention and manifesto that envisioned a feminist political order in which the future of women could be cared for and repaired. By exploring and transmitting a border choreography in which hip-hop culture, colonial narratives, indigenous practices, and mysticism intertwine, Piña proposed establishing new forms of solidarity among women, going beyond all borders' notions, whether cultural, national or aesthetic.


Artistic Direction and choreography
Amanda Piña

Artistic Design
Michel Jimenez

Choreography and transmission
Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado, Leader of the  Danza de Matamoros

Transmission in Rome
Daphna Horenczyck, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Lina Venegas, Matteo Marziano Graziano

Matteo Marziano Graziano, Daphna Horenczyk, Jorge Luis Cruz Carrera, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Lina Venegas, Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado and a group of members of diverse civil rigths and cultural associations from the city where the performance takes place. 

Dramaturgy and development
Nicole Haitzinger

Research and theory
Nicole Haitzinger and Amanda Piña

Christian Müller

Live percussion
Juan Luiz Cruz Carrera

La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula/Coloriage Sartoria Soziale


Management and Distribution
Something Great

Senior advisor
Marie-Christine Barrata Dragono

Angela Vadori / Smart

Endangered Human Movements - Volume 4 is co-produced by  Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Arts Finland, asphalt Festival Düsseldorf

Funded by City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien)