Workshop: an introduction to the dance of the Wixarrika*
A three-day workshop at the intersection of Wixarrika dance forms, shamanic thought, philosophy and somatic practices. Central is the generation of energy through circular concepts of dance, and the exploration of changes in perception derived from the choreography. In Wixarrika dances, the body is not abstracted or dissected by anatomy but is understood as a total experience, as earth, in relation of ancestry with the sacred animals and plants that populate Wixarrika art. The workshop is an invitation to share another concept of dance with a different function, duration and use of body than the dances for the stage we know in the west, exploring the relation of dance to agricultural practices of subsistence, to the earth and to the notion of sacred territory.
With Amanda Piña, and shaman / Mara'akame Juan Jose Katira Ramirez.
*Wixarrika, as being from the Huichol or Wixáritari people, (Huichol pronunciation: /wiˈraɾitaɾi/) which are an indigenous people of Mexico living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango. They are best known to the larger world as the Huichol, however, they refer to themselves as Wixáritari ("the people") in their native Huichol language. The adjectival form of Wixáritari and name for their own language is Wixarrika.