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The Forest of Mirrors

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3

The xapiripë animal spirits have danced for shamans since primordial times and so they continue to dance today. They look like human beings but they are as tiny as specks of sparkling dust. To be able to see them you must inhale the powder of the yãkõanahi tree many, many times. It takes as much time as Whites take to learn the design of their words. The yãkõanahi powder is the food of the spirits. Those who don’t ‘drink’ it remain with the eyes of ghosts and see nothing. — Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami thinker and political leader

The Forest of Mirrors is an attempt at creating an affective, experiential bridge between ancestral indigenous knowledge, contemporary performance and posthumanist thought. The performance explores the way concepts such as “Human” and “Identity” are understood in Amerindian terms. “Human”, applying to all beings as an inner and stable form of self-consciousness, and “Identity” being understood as an unstable category, determined by the shape and attributes of the body and by its ability to transform. Between the forgotten and the still unknown, two performers — Amanda Piña and Linda Samaraweerová — work on challenging the relationship between animal, vegetal and human, friend and enemy, foreign and known.

Artistic Direction, Choreography
Amanda Piña

Audiovisual Concept & Direction
Daniel Zimmermann

Choreography & Performance
Amanda Piña & Linda Samaraweerová

Costume & Stage Design
Lise Lendais

Christian Müller

Daniel Zimmermann – For as long as I lived

Victor Durán

Dramaturgical Adviser
Angela Vadori

Choreographic Assistant
Paula Chaves

Stage Mechanism
Victor Durán & Christoph Freidhöfer

Sound Support
Gustavo Petek

Research Team
Angela Vadori, Amanda Piña & Marie-Christine Baratta-Dragono

Project Management
Sarah Blumenfeld

Editing & Management Consulting
Marie-Christine Baratta-Dragono


Something Great 

EN-KNAP Productions (Ljubljana), STUK Leuven & Tanzquartier Wien

Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, nadaLokal Wien & Österreichisches Kulturforum Mexiko

MA7 – Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien

The Forest of Mirrors is a production by nadaproductions, co-produced by EN-KNAP Productions (Ljubljana),nadaLokal Wien, STUK Leuven and Tanzquartier Wien in cooperation with Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts, and is supported by the Culture Department of the City of Vienna. The project Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is also realized in cooperation with deSingel international arts campus (Antwerp) and Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival.