Photographs: The School of Jaguar - Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 © Susana Ojeda, Hubert Marz - Estudio el Gozo

The School
of Jaguar

Endangered Human Movements Vol.3

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

Amanda Piña’s The School of Jaguar is part of the third volume of Endangered Human Movements, a long-term project of the artist dedicated to dances and cultural practices that have already vanished or are threatened with extinction.  

The School of Jaguar includes,  the performance The Jaguar and the Snake, a workshop on Wixarika dances, the lecture series called The Jaguar Talks, and healings as a form of activism.  

Five hundred years after the conquest of the Americas and in the context of climate change as well as mass extinction, it is time to take seriously the world views of the First Nation’s peoples , engaging with their true epistemic value  beyond New-Age and Exoticism.

The School of the Jaguar is thought of as an art world to rehearse the possibility of an ecology of knowledge, offering new perspectives for thinking and experiencing the relationship between humans, animals, plants and the land.

The Jaguar Talks is a lecture series / conversation format where different perspectives meet in an attempt at decolonizing contemporary arts and culture, by introducing critical perspectives from the fields of anthropology, dance history, philosophy and body base practices from the realms of dance and choreography and contempo-traditional first nations knowledge. The later encompassing oral transmitted knowledge, social knowledge, knowledge about the body, about healing, about plants, about perception, about the landscape and also diplomatic knowledge applied to the relationships with beings other-than-human.

In a space where different forms of knowledge can enter in dialogue without the habitual hierarchies between them, The School of the Jaguar is brought about by the convergence of a group of people coming from anthropology, visual arts, choreography, philosophy, dance science, decolonial thought, dance and somatic practices and contemporary indigenous shamanism.


Artistic Direction/Choreography
Amanda Piña

Daniel Zimmermann

Choreographic research
Amanda Piña
Linda Samaraweerova

Yoan Sorin
Lina Maria Venega
Amanda Piña

Yoan Sorín

Christian Müller

Lise Lendais

Light Design Stage
Victor Duran

Szymon Olsowski

Technical direction and construction
Jenny Schleif

Choreographic Contribution
Ewa Bankowska
Paula Chaves

Stage Modelling
Ines Kirchengast

Production Intern
Sophie Eidenberger

Production Management
Angela Vadori 

Executive Production
Nora Soponyai

Amanda Piña
Tulama Ramirez
Juan José Katira Ramirez


Distribution and Tour Management
Something Great


Funded by  
City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien)

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is co-produced by
Tanzquartier Wien
EN KNAP Productions

and supported by
Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste
Austrian Federal Chancellery – Art and Culture (Bundeskanzleramt –Kunst und Kultur ).