The Garden of Falling Sands
Since the 1970s, a special form of Latin American cumbia music, "Cumbia Colombiana", has developed in the Mexican city of Monterrey, which borders the USA. The dances of this cumbia, which are characterised by slowed-down rhythmic shifts, are mainly practised by marginalised communities there and are constantly changing in line with styles, fashions and the urgency of social conditions. Here, living traditional dance functions as a ritual of identity and empowerment. In "The Garden of Falling Sands", Yolanda Morales and her team install a utopian, magical place on stage, a garden bathed in a yellow, warming light. A place that is fictitiously embedded in this other cultural space, in the barren, ecologically and politically crisis-ridden desert landscape of northern Mexico. She poses questions about the permeability of borders and affiliations in the face of the inhumane effects of a global economic system based solely on growth and profit interests. How do new rituals emerge that can create common ground in our increasingly divergent societies? In her latest work, Hamburg-based Mexican choreographer Yolanda Morales once again explores the roots of her origins and the echoes they create in her German homeland. A homeland that is characterised by a Eurocentric view, also of her dance art, in which she, as a choreographer, consistently adopts a de-colonising stance.
Dance: Edith Gordiano, Alex Valdes, Sakshi Jain, Sujin Lee, Nicolás Vignolo, Yolanda Morales
Dramaturgy: Barbara Schmidt-Rohr
Costumes: Ilona Klein
Stage: Hanna Lenz
Light: Lars Kracht
Music & Sound: Carlos Andrés Rico, Hye-Eun Kim
Production management: PK3000 | Katja Kruglikova
The premiere was funded by the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Fonds Darstellende Künste from means of Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien in the scope of NEUSTART KULTUR and Scheherazade-Stiftung. The revival is made possible by the revival and guest performance funding of the Dachverband freie darstellende Künste Hamburg with funds from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Culture and Media. The re-staging is made possible by the Wiederaufnahme- und Gasttspielförderung des Dachverbands freie darstellende Künste Hamburg from funds of the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien.