KM29 – Dance Program for young people in a situation of social vulnerability.
I think of dance as a relational practice. By saying this I mean that for me dance -or choreography – is the result of the perception and activation of relations: in the body (between tissues, fascia, bones, skin, muscles), between people, and between people and more than human entities.
So I don’t teach shapes that others will copy, but I have been busy inventing strategies to activate relationships. By thinking in this way, there is always a dance possible, in all bodies.
In the different projects I have been developing, with different communities, my task has been to, through perception, movement and conversation practices, to propose a shared experience to a community in which any pre-existing hierarchies could be put in suspension, and by this make possible to rediscover the others (and ourselves, of course), to move prejudices about who can do what, move fixed ideas about health / illness, professional / non professional, and from there to create other ways of relating.
Over the years I have been able to see how the practices I have been carrying out are producing important changes in both, the personal and the community level.
In the level of personal experience by contributing to the empowerment of the skills and abilities of the people involved, the development of their creativity, well-being, self-confidence, emotional stability, the professionalization of some of them as dance interpreters and teachers. And in community level by breaking down prejudice, stigmas and essentialist ideas about ourselves and the others, regenerating bonds of respect, care, listening and reciprocity.
I believe dance is a field of transformation of reality (both in micro scale and macro scale); a field from which it is possible to produce transformative encounters, beyond generations, social classes, languages; a field in which it is possible to produce collective knowledge; a space from which it is possible to put in tension the concepts of “identity” and “otherness”, of “private” and “common”. Dance as a field in which to invent ways of relating not oppressive not extractivist, where to invent other futures.
I started this project in Buenos Aires, with the group KM29, there I coordinate for many years a Dance Program in an institution for young people in situation of social vulnerability. Over time I have been taking this experience and way of working to other contexts, first within Argentina, then in Chile, Panama, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.