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International academy for the performing arts

Annual platforms of MOVIMIENTO SUR

MOVIMIENTO started in the summer of 2012 in Valparaíso, Chile. Since then, it has been held once a year as a temporary academy offering laboratories, seminars and performances focusing on the interaction of movement, art and society.

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Pilot project in Valparaíso in summer 2012 – Thinking in motion

Kate McIntosh
Performance of „Dark Matter“ by Kate McIntosh at the Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Chile

The project began with an advanced training program of international workshops, seminars, and labs aimed at helping participants link their artistic questions directly to the more organizational aspects of cultural enterprises. The first edition focused on the growing connections between dance and other forms of art; it included the improvisation techniques of choreographer William Forsythe who developed a new way to show movement in space. The techniques offer an artistic tool that turns movement into a link to other areas such as architecture, city planning, or philosophy.

Developing personal initiative and not just accepting what others do without reflection was the goal of a workshop hosted by Chilean artist Varinia Canto Vila. She put to use the experience she gained from her interdisciplinary activities with choreographer Meg Stuart, who explores the body in many different ways as a social interface. Together with Eric Grondin, she performed the live installation "sand table" as a successful collaboration of artists from many different fields; "sand table," created jointly by  American choreographer Meg Stuart and French video artist Magali Desbazeille, literally turns our view of the human body upside down.

New Zealand artist Kate McIntosh experiments along the interface between art and science. In her laboratory, she uses everyday objects and materials to demonstrate the apparent clash between the logic of scientific thinking and the imagination of the arts while observing how these two might stimulate or hinder each other. Together with the course participants, she aimed to shine some light into the way we see the presence. Her piece "Dark Matter", shown in Chile, focuses on the big questions of life.

In preparing for the academy's event, Chilean curator and critic Justo Pastor Mellado introduced the participants to current positions on the philosophy of the human body.


MOVIMIENTO SUR was jointly organized and hosted by Siemens Stiftung, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Goethe-Institut Santiago, and Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile.

The Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile is the emerging Ministry of Culture of Chile. It was created in 2003 with the objective to promote development and cultural diversity in Chile. The Ministry contributes to promote and disseminate national artistic creations and the Chilean cultural heritage. It adopts initiatives targeting the active participation of its citizens.

Goethe Institute is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, which is present all over the world and it promotes the knowledge of German language abroad, it also covers international cooperation in cultural matters and transmits an integral idea of Germany by informing about the culture, society and political life of the country.