An abstract backdrop with enormous frames strung with ropes, sound design composed for pre-colonial instruments, and a strong collective choreography make the first large-scale dance piece by the Mexican artist Lukas Avendaño a poetic journey.
Fourteen dancers and one actress imagine the origins of all life on the basis of feminine symbolism from Mexican culture. Drawing on the symbol of the snake that gives birth to itself, the ‘lemniscate’, symbol of infinity, Avendaño has created a tribute to femininity as well as to the queer muxe community in Mexico.
Muxes are also called the ‘third gender’. They play a complex social role in Zapotec culture. These are men with feminine values and behaviours, contrasting with Mexican male machismo. Avendaño has created a reflection on this muxe community, their sexuality, eroticism and the tension surrounding it. LEMNISKATA shows humans in all their nakedness and vulnerability while at the same time being a work of feminine resistance against a world dominated by violence and exploitation.
Avendaño: ‘Just as this piece is a tribute to femininity, it of course also comprises an implicit tribute to this (muxe) community, which is stigmatised in many contexts.’
Mon June 12 8:00 PM
Tue June 13 8:00 PM
Wed June 14 8:00 PM
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- CJP/student/scholar € 12
- series ticket from € 27
language & duration
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1 hour (zonder pauze)
Chirimía Cruz Blanca performs live: Música de pasión, La caminata de los tastoanes (La Remasca)
Extract original sound piece: Matrix (2021) by Ismael Rodríguez
production: Diego de la Mora
postproduction: SUPLEX Studio / Diego Martínez
instrumentalists: Alma Cano, Cristina Cano, Melisa Cano, Juan Cano, Lucero Casillas, Vanesa Casillas, Rocío López, Xochitl López, Israel Martínez, Cyané Quijano and Mauricio Vega
recording by: Suplex Studio in Acatic, Mexico. April 2022 (www.suplex.mx/estudio)
We deeply thank all the people from the municipalities of the state of Jalisco in México: Tonalá, Tuxpan, Mezcala, Acatic, Zapotlán el Grande, Teuchitlan and Amatitán, who accompanied us in the emergence of the origin of this project with shared wisdom through their customs, traditions, crafts and stories that were forging the symbolic framework of LEMNISKATA.