MONUMENT 0.6: LANDING (a ritual of empathy)

    05/05  | 23:30

± 30 min

Admission free

In her MONUMENT series over the past few years, Eszter Salamon has been digging up the unthinkable in western consciousness: unthinkable historical notions but aesthetic ones too, such as ritual or folk dances banished from its canon by the modern world. To open the festival, Salamon is offering us LANDING, a group ritual consisting of dances and songs of the South American Mapuche tribe. In the open air and with no technical devices, she shares a cultural expression that the West, in its great endeavour to standardise everything, has relegated to the rank of “quaintness”. Rejecting this “blackmailing of identity”, the choreographer identifies the flaws in the world’s dance and sows some symbolic new ground.

Artistic direction
Eszter Salamon

Artistic collaboration
Boglàrka Börcsök

Developed with & performed by
Liza Baliasnaja, Sidney Barnes, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Boglàrka Börcsök, Péter Börcsök, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Louis-Clement da Costa, Stefan Govaart, Sara Tan, Tiran Willemse, in collaboration with a dozen of invited performers

Elodie Perrin/Studio E.S., Alexandra Wellensiek/Botschaft GbR

Thanks to
João Martins, Péter Börcsök

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WIELS

Thanks to
Charleroi Danses

LANDING is part of the project Wars & Dances, which is co-produced and supported by CN D, Centre national de la danse (Pantin), PACT Zollverein (Essen) & the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN), Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag Regional Direction for Cultural Affairs in Paris – The French Ministry of Culture and Communication

Eszter Salamon is associated artist at CN D (Pantin)

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MONUMENT 0.6: LANDING (a ritual of empathy)

Imagine people living on the Southern part of a continent.
Imagine people from a distant continent migrating to that same land hundreds of years ago.
Imagine the local people defending their lands from the invaders and the Republics created in their territories for centuries.
Imagine the conflict escalating into a genocide hundreds of years later.
Imagine the Republics implementing national policies promoting migration in order to develop the local economies at the dawn of the last century.

Imagine people from the distant continent escaping poverty and wars and once again fleeing to this land.
Imagine the local people’s lands ending up in the new settlers’ hands, leaving them in poverty.
Imagine these people’s efforts in securing rights to land and natural resources.
Imagine how this planted the seed of one of the most drawn out land disputes in history.

Through embodiment and transformation of dancing and singing rituals of the Mapuches, LANDING not only conjures amnesia; it also imagines a future caring for the common and the sharable. This transfigured ritual activates a temporary landscape, ‘a possibility of living’, where past and present trace each other, and where the local and the global reverberate.

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