Dajana Lothert

Amanda Piña

'Frontera I Border – A Living Monument'
05.10 - 06.10

Searching for boundaries 

Frontera / Border – a Living Monument’ by Amanda Piña has its roots in a dance that emerged from the neighbourhood of El Ejido Veinte of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border between Mexico and the United States, and is performed by young people at risk from the extremely violent environment associated with this liminal space, a place where drug trafficking, militarisation and an industry around cheap labour prosper.

This dance was originally devised by the Spanish and depicts the Christian victory over the Moors. During Latin America’s colonisation it became a racist propaganda tool. The difference between white and non-white was then exported, with indigenous poeple forced to personify the “Moor” and the Christian representing Spain. The dance continued to evolve and became seen as a form of resistance to colonial and, later, neoliberal forces.

By exploring a choreography of borders in which hip-hop culture, colonial tales, native practices and mysticism intertwine, Amanda Piña  reminds us that the border is not only a place but is also inscribed in the bodies, contributing to their process of racialisation. Thus the bodies themselves carry these frontiers with them – some more than others.


Biography: Amanda Piña

Amanda Piña is a Chilean- Mexican Artist living in Vienna and Mexico City. Her artistic work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement, temporarily dismantling ideological separations between contemporary and traditional, human and animal, nature and culture. Her work has been presented in institutions such as Tanz Quartier Wien, Kunsthalle Wien and MUMOK Museum of Modern Art of Vienna, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain Paris, Kunsten Festival des Arts Brussels, De Single Antwerp, Royal festival Hall London, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico,  NAVE and Festival Santiago a Mil, Chile.

She studied Painting before going into performance, Studied Physical Theater in Santiago de Chile, Theater Anthropology in Barcelona and  Contemporary Dance and Choreography in Mexico, Barcelona, Salzburg (SEAD) and Montpellier (Ex.e.r.ce Choreographic Centre Montpellier) . In 2006 she received the danceWEB scholarship and in 2007 the scholarship for Young Choreographers from Tanzquartier Wien. In 2018 she was awarded with the Fonca Arts grant from the Mexican Government. 

Since 2008 she leads the gallery space specialized in expanded choreography and performance nadaLokal in Vienna which she founded together with the Swiss Visual Artist Daniel Zimmermann. Currently works on the realisation of the long-term project Endangered Human Movements, concerned with the re appearance of ancestral forms of  movements and cultural practices. Four volumes of research in the scope of this project have been already realised which include performances, Installations, Videos, publications, curatorial frames, workshop and lectures. She is a research fellow at DAS THIRD, from the department of Theatre, Dance and Performance at Amsterdam University of the Arts.


Staff picks

"Mijn staff pick is 'Frontera I Border – a Living Monument'. Dit werk van de Mexicaans - Chileense choreografe Amanda Piña belooft een bijzondere avond te zijn, met een dans die zijn oorsprong vindt i…

Interview with Amanda Piña on ‘Frontera / Border - A Living Monument’

Dance performance rooted in a historical Mexican dance.

“Kunst kan een soort van magie zijn, ik geloof in haar transformatieve kracht.”

Amanda Piña


Artistic Direction and choreography: Amanda Piña - artistic Design: Michel Jimenez - choreography and transmission: Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado - research: Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Amanda Piña - performance: Matteo Marziano Graziano, Daphna Horenczyk, Jhonatan Magaña García, Dafne del Carmen Moreno, Juan Carlos Palma Velasco, Cristina Sandino, Rodrigo de la Torre Coronado, Lina María Venegas, with the participation of: Ezra Fieremans, Joachim Noel, Marco Torrice - dramaturgy and development: Nicole Haitzinger - research and theory: Nicole Haitzinger and Amanda Piña - music: Christian Müller - live percussion: Jonathan Magaña García - costumes: La mata del veinte/Julia Trybula - production: nadaproductions - distribution: Something Great - senior advisor: Marie-Christine Barrata Dragono - administration: Angela Vadori / Smart - co production :Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art - funded by City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien) - with the support of Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National School of Folkloric Dance of Mexico, INBA - Instituto Nacional de Bellas Arte