KM29 – Dance Program.
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 humans and other 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 possible dance, in all bodies, everywhere.
In the different projects I have been developing, with different communities, my challenge has been: through practices of perception, movement and conversation, to facilitate a common experience, that could help to questioning prejudices about ourselves and about the others, to move prejudices about who can do what, where knowledge is build it and how, to 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 developing produce important changes in both, the personal and the community level: In the level of personal experience by contributing to the empowerment of the people involved, well-being, self-confidence, even to 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, 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.