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The Jaguar and the Snake – Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3

Amanda Piña

“The Jaguar and the Snake“ a performance piece inspired by hybrid beings who populate the Amerindian oral and visual imagery. Based on these issues Amanda Piña, Linda Samaraweerová and Yoan Sorin work on embodying Amerindian iconography, especially focusing on where animal, human and vegetal meet fuse and transform.

What other forms of relationships are possible between animals, humans and plants?

The performance explores how these concepts are understood in Amerindian terms creating a visionary world between ancestral indigenous knowledge and contemporary performance art. 

“The ethnologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, who has worked on the indigenous people of the Amazonas, can help us enter these reflections. For the latter, the original condition common to humans and animals is not animality, but humanity. The animals are ex-humans, the humans aren’t ex-animals. Where the West imagines itself a multiculturalism, a diversity of representations that has an influence on an external nature, one and total, Amerindians conceive the opposite: a representative unity, a purely pronominal phenomenology, apply indifferently on a real diversity. One single „culture“, multiple „natures“; constant epistemology, a changeable ontology. The point of view is found in the body. “

– Delphine Albrecht, trainee of communication and mediation at TU

„(…) In sum, animals are people, or see themselves as persons. Such a notion is virtually always associated with the idea that the manifest form of each species is a mere envelope (a ‘clothing’) which conceals an internal human form, usually only visible to the eyes of the particular species or to certain trans-specific beings such as shamans.”

– Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism, Eduardo Viveiros De Castro

The School of the Jaguar is produced by nadaproductions, co-produced by deSingel Antwerpen and STUK Leuven and is funded by the City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien).

Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien, EN KNAP Productions-Ljubljana and supported by Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste-Dresden and Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur (Austrian Federal Chancellery – Art and Culture).

26 October 2018


Amanda Piña is a Mexican-Chilean-Austrian choreographer, dancer and cultural worker living in Vienna. Her choreographic work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement, introducing non-western references and perspectives in contemporary performance. Amanda Piña is interested in making art beyond the idea of a product and in developing new frameworks for the creation of and encounter with artistic aesthetic experiences.

She studied Physical Theater in Santiago de Chile, Theater Anthropology in Barcelona and Classical, Modern and Contemporary Dance in Mexico, Barcelona, Salzburg (SEAD) and Montpellier (Ex.e.r.ce Choreographic Centre Montpellier) with – amongst others – Mathilde Monnier, Joao Fiaideiro, Xavier Le Roy, Olga Mesa and Julyen Hamilton. In 2006 she received the danceWEB scholarship and in 2007 the scholarship for Young Choreographers from Tanzquartier Wien. Since 2013 she is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner applying the method to movement research in performance. She danced and performed in pieces by – amongst others – DD Dorvillier, Claudia Heu, Ewa Bankowska, Daniel Aschwanden, Frans Poelstra & Robert Stejin, Christine Gaigg and Andrei Andrianov. She recently graduated from an international MA program for curating in the performing arts at the Salzburg University and works on the realization of the project Endangered Human Movements.

Upcoming tourdates:

30.09.2018 Akademie der Künste der Welt Köln

01.02.2018 Festival Parallele Marseille tbc

04.02.2018 Fondacion Cartier Paris

Created by, Artistic direction & Choreography:
Amanda Piña

Stage/Audio/Visual Director:
Daniel Zimmermann

Amanda Piña, Lina Maria Venegas

Yoan Sorín

Christian Müller

Lise Lendais

Light Design:
Victor Duran

Choreographic Contribution:
Ewa Bankowska, Paula Chaves & Thais Di Marco

Stage Modelling:
Ines Kirchengast

Production Internship:
Sophie Eidenberger

Production Management:
Angela Vadori