The second academy of MOVIMIENTO SUR focuses on contemporary choreography and interdisciplinary collaboration on current issues of movement and mobility in arts and society. The location for this academy, the city of Valparaíso, provides an interesting environment with its specific geographic situation and social stratification. Once South America’s most important port until the inauguration of the Panama Canal, the city sprawls over 45 hills. Its crooked staircases and not always reliable century-old elevators challenge people’s mobility. Choreographers, architects, sociologists and artists from other disciplines take the city as a point of departure for field research. During a two-week laboratory, they work together to explore questions arising from the interplay between urban development and artistic production. Findings from this fieldwork serve as a basis during the second week to spark new artistic approaches.
An intensive, modularly structured program in choreographic composition, concept development and dramaturgy addresses upcoming young performers and emerging artists from Latin America. Renowned choreographers from Europe and South America support them with finding ways to realize their own ideas. In the context of a comprehensive excellence initiative, the Goethe-Institut provides grants to artists from Latin America and thus fosters the dialogue within Latin America. An additional seminar on communication of culture to non-dancers addresses teachers and cultural educators.
A public program with lectures and performances presents trailblazing works of performing art from Brazil, Argentina and Europe: Bruno Beltrão transforms urban movement vocabulary into breathtaking choreographies. With exploratory spirit and wit, Xavier Le Roy’ creates performances that shift perspectives toward social structures and cohesion. Diana Szeinblum finds a subtle body language to express emotional states. The Hungarian choreographer Eszter Salamon, who lives in Berlin, uses John Cage’s language music to generate a common experiential space for the here and now.
In a daylong program, young Chilean artists also get opportunities to present their work and to network with the academy’s international participants.
The second academy of Movimiento Sur is an initiative of Siemens Stiftung in collaboration with Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile, Escenalborde, Goethe-Institut Santiago and Parque Cultural de Valparaíso.