Press releases | Culture 13.11.2014

MOVIMIENTO SUR – international platform for the performing arts in Chile brings choreographers and architects together

© Miguel Braceli, Photographer: Julio Mesa

December 1-14, 2014, Santiago de Chile and Valparaíso / Chile

MOVIMIENTO SUR provides talented emerging artists in Latin America with a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration at international level. Now in its third year, MOVIMIENTO SUR will take place for the first time in two Chilean cities – the port of Valparaíso and the capital of Santiago de Chile. The intensive two-week program will focus primarily on the interfaces between the disciplines of dance and architecture, making both cities, with their different urban and social setting, the starting point for field studies in this area.


Modern life is characterized to an unprecedented extent by movement and dynamics. Choreographers and architects participating in MOVIMIENTO SUR focus their attention on this development in laboratories held during the two-week program. Participants from both disciplines share their experiences and collaborate in public lectures and presentations that bring new perspectives to questions of urban living. Which areas do we share, and how can we find new cohesion in a society that seems to be drifting apart? Performative research in public space heightens awareness for questions of this kind and also creates opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Performances, interventions and new productions by artists from Europe and Latin America contribute with different concepts of space to the working process that will generate new projects and synergies. MOVIMIENTO SUR thus strives topromote intensive exchange and collaboration among the cultural scenes of Latin America beyond the actual event itself.

The Venezuelan group Proyecto Colectivo presents collective performances in urban centers to explore the interaction between movement and architecture. Miguel Braceli, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, is the group's founder and director. He will develop a participatory project in public spaces in Santiago. Together with architecture students, Braceli will also install a space of sensory experience in the Architecture Gallery Mil M2, located in the garret of a former Italian theater.

The Spanish choreographer and Berlin resident Cuqui Jerez will develop a new production for MOVIMIENTO SUR that will premiere in Valparaíso. The work is part of the "The Dream Project" series and will highlight the relationship between dance and architecture. Works by choreographer Eduardo Fukushima of Brazil will also be performed in public areas. These solo dances evoke the tension existing between the inner bodily state and external architecture, trying to determine just what anchors the human experience in today's society. Philipp Gehmacher explores the significance of identity and language in his solo performance "walk + talk" to discover how the individual interacts with the space around him.

The international collective MAMAZA has drawn a line that can both join and separate all with a red ribbon through various cities in Europe and Africa. Their compelling video installation will be shown for the first time in South America.

MOVIMIENTO SUR was initiated by Siemens Stiftung in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chile, Consejo de la Cultura y las Artes (CNCA) and Parque Cultural de Valparaíso (PCdV). This year's event will be realized in collaboration with Escenalborde, Biblioteca de Santiago, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, GAM / Centro Gabriela Mistral, Mil M2, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and MAC Quinta Normal.

Along with PANORAMA SUR in Argentina and EXPERIMENTA SUR in Columbia, MOVIMIENTO SUR creates a network of performing arts platforms in Latin America. All three projects are held annually and emerged from a close collaboration of Siemens Stiftung with local institutions, players and the Goethe-Institut.

For more information about the collaborating partners and the public program please download the attached PDF.